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Foo Fighters’ Taylor Hawkins Calls New U2 Album ‘Orwellian’

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Everyone seems to have an opinion on U2’s latest album, ‘Songs of Innocence,’ appearing unsolicited in their iTunes library — including Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins.

Just in time for the debut of the Foo Fighters’ new album, ‘Sonic Highways’ — which is out today, Nov. 10 — Hawkins shared his thoughts on U2’s iTunes marketing campaign, even calling it downright “Orwellian.”

“They didn’t really take into consideration the Big Brother feeling that kinda goes along with like, ‘[In a menacing voice] You have the new U2 record’… You couldn’t get rid of it and they actually had to come up with an app to get rid of it, that’s horrible,” Hawkins said in an interview.

Yep, Hawkins compared the album to Big Brother and ‘1984,’ but the real kicker? The rocker even said it “sounds like a fart.”

“I don’t know that any of that new album has anything great on it,” he said. “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.”

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