Songs of Surrender News and Reviews

Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2023-03-19)

An embargo on reviews of the album Songs of Surrender is being lifted, and soon publications worldwide will be sharing their thoughts on the new music by U2. We also expect considerable press in the weeks ahead as promotion of the new album begins in earnest, and with the debut of the documentary A Sort of Homecoming. Below you can find a collection of articles, curated by the staff here at U2Songs, spotlighting some of the moments being covered in the press. We can’t list everything, but we are happy to take suggestions if you want to reach out via social media.

Last Updated: March 19, 2023.

Interviews About Songs of Surrender

  • 2023-03-17 Billboard (Gary Graff)
    Adam Clayton Breaks Down U2’s ‘Songs of Surrender,’ Teases Upcoming Documentary Projects
  • 2023-03-15 Los Angeles Times (Rob Tannenbaum)
    ‘We have all quiet quit U2 over the years’: A conversation with Bono and the Edge
  • 2023-03-15 RTE Entertainment (Alan Corr)
    The Edge talks Bono, Vegas and Songs of Surrender
  • 2023-03-12 The Times (Pat Carty) [Subscriber]
    U2’s The Edge — Bono abuse is ‘upsetting’ but that begrudgery ‘is part and parcel of Ireland’
  • 2023-03-07 U2.Com (Brian Draper) [Subscriber]
    From One to 40
  • 2023-03-06 Rolling Stone (Andy Greene)
    U2 at the Crossroads: Inside the Band’s Ambitious Reinvention for 2023
  • 2023-03-04 The Guardian (Kathryn Bromwich)
    On My Radar: The Edge’s Cultural Highlights
  • 2023-03-04 The Telegraph (Neil McCormick)
    The Edge: ‘It’s going to be very difficult to break up U2’

Press About A Sort of Homecoming

  • 2023-03-16 Spin (Jonathan Cohen)
    Glen Hansard Talks Riding Trains With David Letterman for U2’s A Sort of Homecoming
  • 2023-03-16 Irish Central (Cahir O’Doherty)
    Bono, The Edge, U2 and Ireland’s story on St. Patrick’s Day
  • 2023-03-15 Chicago Sun Times (Richard Roeper)
    ‘Bono & The Edge’: Odd but interesting special teams U2 duo with cranky David Letterman
  • 2023-03-15 Forbes (Hugh McIntyre)
    How U2 And David Letterman Made A Documentary In Only A Few Weeks
  • 2023-03-10 Billboard (Rania Aniftos)
    6 Most Inspiring Moments From ‘Bono & the Edge: A Sort of Homecoming With Dave Letterman’
  • 2023-03-09 Hollywood Reporter (Sydney Odman)
    Bono and The Edge Talk Working With David Letterman For ‘A Sort of Homecoming’ Doc: “Our Music Is Just Better With Him Around”
  • 2023-03-09 Variety (Chris Willman)
    U2’s Bono and Edge, Joining David Letterman for Documentary Premiere, Say They Needed Him to ‘Take the Piss Out of Us’
  • 2023-03-09 Deadline (Matthew Carey)
    Bono And The Edge Aim Jay Leno Joke At David Letterman As Trio Unveil New Documentary About Their Musical Adventures In Dublin

Songs of Surrender Reviews

  • 2023-03-17 Esquire Magazine (Alan Light)
    Songs of Surrender Puts U2’s Songwriting Legacy on the Line
  • 2023-03-17 Flood Magazine (A.D. Amorosi)
    This massive collection of re-recorded hits offers genuine surprises as to how the band sees themselves and their material, making for their best new old album in some time.
  • 2023-03-17 The Telegraph (Neil McCormick) [Subscription]
    U2 surrender to the passing of time
  • 2023-03-17 The New York Times (Jon Pareles)
    In ‘Songs of Surrender’, U2 Revisits Its Past
  • 2023-03-17 The Sunday Times (Will Hodgkinson)
    U2: Songs of Surrender review — older and wiser, Bono and co rework their back catalogue
  • 2023-03-16 Hot Press (John Walshe)
    40 songs from their back catalogue, re-imagined, reborn and re-loved
  • 2023-03-16 The Guardian (Alexis Petridis)
    U2 Songs of Surrender Review: All the anthems, but smaller
  • 2023-03-16 The Independent (Helen Brown)
    U2, Songs of Surrender review: These elevator muzak versions of past hits are a faux-hipster slog
  • 2023-03-16 Clash Music (Emma Morrison)
    Songs of Surrender: A project of rediscovery…
  • 2023-03-16 Glide Magazine (Shawn Donohue)
    U2 Goes Back to Basics and Revisits Catalog on Overarching ‘Songs of Surrender’
  • 2023-03-15 Irish News (Alex Green)
    U2 revisit their back catalogue on Songs Of Surrender with uneven results
  • 2023-03-15 Pop Matters (John Garratt)
    U2 have never sounded more defeated than on ‘Songs of Surrender’
  • 2023-03-15 The Wall Street Journal (Mark Richardson)
    ‘Songs of Surrender’ by U2 Review: Back Through the Catalog
  • 2023-03-14 Rolling Stone (Joe Gross)
    U2 Go Back to Basics and Revist Their Epic Career on ‘Songs of Surrender
  • 2023-03-14 AP News (David Bauder)
    In unusual step, U2 reinterprets 40 of its best-known songs
  • 2023-03-13 Mojo Magazine (Tom Doyle)
    A typically grand gesture: U2 revisit their songbook and rediscover themselves
  • 2023-03-13 ABC News (Mark Kennedy)
    Review: U2 reworks past in thrilling ‘Songs of Surrender’
  • 2023-03-11 The Irish Post (Tony Clayton-Lea)
    Reinvention, Rejuvenation and Rock & Roll
  • 2023-03-10 Irish Times (Lauren Murphy)
    U2: Songs of Surrender – A cynical cash grab? Put your preconceptions aside
  • 2023-03-10 Irish Examiner (Tom Dunne) [Subscription]
    Stripped-down songs on new U2 album make for great listening
  • 2023-03-07 USA Today (Melissa Ruggieri)
    U2 rerecorded 40 songs for ‘Songs of Surrender’ album


  • Issue 47-03 of HotPress will feature The Edge on the cover and detailed look at Songs of Surrender
  • On March 16 OOR Magazine features The Edge on the cover (an older Achtung Baby Era shot)

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