U2 reveal ‘raw, naked and personal’ artwork for ‘Songs Of Innocence’ album

Drummer Larry Mullen Jr. embraces his son in black and white shot

Larry Mullen Jr. poses with his teenage son on the cover of U2‘s ‘Songs Of Innocence’, which was revealed for the first time overnight.

U2 and Apple ‘gifted’ 500 million iTunes users with their new album earlier this month. The album did not come with artwork however, which is now in place ahead of the album’s physical release on October 13.

The artwork was shot by Glen Luchford and is seen as a partner to the artwork for the band’s 1979 debut ‘Boy’ as well as 1983’s ‘War’. Speaking about the image, Bono is quoted on U2’s website as saying that a “raw, naked” cover was needed to reflect the new album.

“We’ve always been about community in U2, about family and friends,’ explains Bono. “‘Songs Of Innocence’ is the most intimate album we’ve ever made. With this record we were looking for the raw, naked and personal, to strip everything back. If you know the album you’ll see the themes in the visual language, how holding on to your own innocence is a lot harder than holding on to someone else’s.”

Following complaints over the unconventional release of ‘Songs Of Innocence’, Apple released a tool to allow its customers to remove ‘Songs Of Innocence’ from their devices with just one click.