Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins says U2 album "sounds like a fart"

The drummer also compares the release of 'Songs Of Innocence' to George Orwell's '1984'

Foo Fighters' Taylor Hawkins has said that U2's new album 'Songs Of Innocence' "sounds like a fart".

The drummer made the comment to The Music - via Consequence of Sound - saying of the album, which was 'gifted' to iTunes users: "I don't know that any of that new album has anything great on it. I listened to it once, but it's so marred by that whole sort of, like I said, Orwellian, 1984 extreme that it just kinda sounds like a fart any way you listen to it."

Earlier on in the interview Hawkins explained that the release of record reminded him of George Orwell's novel '1984', which deals with a totalitarian state, saying: "I mean, I think they probably thought it was gonna be a great idea, 'Here's the deal: everybody who has an iPhone, gets your record. And they get it for free!' And they thought, probably, 'Well that's pretty awesome!' but they didn't really take into consideration the Big Brother feeling that kinda goes along with [that]...".

Meanwhile, Pink Floyd have also criticised U2 for "devaluing" music by giving away their album 'Songs of Innocence' for free. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason said U2's release method "does devalue things," adding: "Music has been horribly devalued by being given away. It's funny they didn't sense some of that. It's been the big story of the 21st century."

U2's decision to release their album for free drew a large amount of criticism from musicians and music lovers alike. The Black Keys' Patrick Carney said that U2 "devalued their music completely" and that the release "sends a huge mixed message to bands…that are just struggling to get by."
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