Noel Gallagher Says He Disagrees With U2’s iTunes Release of ‘Songs of Innocence’
Just when you thought everything that could be said about the free iTunes download of U2’s ‘Songs of Innocence’ had been said, Noel Gallagher – known for not mincing his words – has added his two cents … and an extra pound on his upcoming LP, ‘Chasing Yesterday’ (figuratively speaking).
In an interview with Q magazine, Gallagher said that U2’s choice of album delivery distracted from the actual content.
“No one has actually said the U2 album is a s--t record or a great record,” Gallagher said. “All they’ve talked about is the delivery. I think it’s one of their better albums, and ‘Every Breaking Wave’ – what a tune.”
“But the way it was delivered is not something I’d ever do,” he explained. “For me, albums are all about the anticipation. I don’t want to live in a world where, ‘Bang. There it is. Done.’ Me and Bono have talked about this endlessly and agreed to disagree.”
What’s more, the ex-Oasis guitarist argues that while more people may hear U2’s latest effort, he’d rather have fewer people who actively chose to pick up his forthcoming full-length.
“I don’t agree with free music,” he continued. “I’d be quite happy to put an extra pound on my new album. U2 can turn around now and say that 750 million people, or whatever it is, have their new album on their phone. But I would rather 750 people had my album in their hearts. To me, that’s fundamentally more important.”
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds’ sophomore album, ‘Chasing Yesterday,’ will arrive in stores on March 2.