U2 producer Flood defends controversial release of U2’s ‘Songs Of Innocence’ album

Band's 2014 album was automatically downloaded to all Apple subscribers' iTunes accounts

Producer Flood has defended U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’, claiming its unique release asked questions about the value of music.

‘Songs of Innocence’ by the Irish band was automatically downloaded onto all Apple subscribers’ iTunes accounts when it was released last September. The producer says that the 2014 album asks the question “What is the value of music right now?”

When speaking before a gig with synth project Node however, Flood, also known for his work with Depeche Mode, Nick Cave refused to criticise Bono and the band for their controversial technique.

Discussing the impact of the album with Gigwise, the producer, real name Mark Ellis, said: “I think what it did was raise whether music is valued in society right now, and I think that’s something that still hasn’t been answered correctly. It brought about the question of ‘What are peoples’ listening tastes?’ And maybe the biggest question it raised was ‘Are people allowed to have choice or is choice actually being eliminated?'”

Flood has lent his hand to many of U2’s best known works, including ‘The Joshua Tree’, ‘Achtung Baby’ and ‘Songs Of Innocence’, as well as recent celebrated albums like PJ Harvey’s ‘Let England Shake’, Warpaint’s eponymous album and Foals’ ‘Holy Fire’.

U2 tour later this year. Dubbed the ‘iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE’ tour, the tour will see Bono and his bandmates visit 20 cities and play a so-far confirmed 70 gigs as they promote new album ‘Songs Of Innocence’. The tour sees U2 play indoor arenas for the first time in a decade.

U2 will headline six nights at London’s O2 Arena in October and November during the tour and will then visit Glasgow for two gigs at the SSE Hydro.

U2 “iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE” Tour 2015 UK Tour Dates:

London O2 Arena (October 25, 26, 29, 30, November 2, 3)
Glasgow SSE Hydro (November 6, 7)

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