Next U2 record, Songs Of Ascent, to be a reggae album?

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Around Paste HQ, we usually shy away from gossip, but sometimes it's hard to stop ourselves. Here we go, then, making our foray into the wild world of European tabloids with a question that will be sure to boggle music lovers' minds across the world: Is U2 making a reggae album?

story from the UK's News of the World, reports that the band recorded songs for an upcoming reggae album during sessions for No Line On The Horizon.

Although we haven't been able to confirm the rather dubious "reggae" part, Rolling Stone's cover story does reveal that the name of U2's follow-up to Tuesday's release (working quick there, huh, fellas?) will be Songs of Ascent. The first single from the album, which could be released within the year, will be "Every Breaking Wave."

"We're making a kind of heartbreaker, a meditative, reflective piece of work, but not indulgent," Bono told RS. "It will have a clear mood, like Kind of Blue. Or A Love Supreme would be a point of reference, for the space it occupies in people's lives, which is to say, with that album, I almost take my shoes off to listen to it."

Could "meditative," "reflective" and "not indulgent" be code for dub reggae? No clear answers yet folks, but we'll keep you posted.

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