Will U2 Release Another Album In 2009?

'We certainly have loads of material,' The Edge says of songs leftover from the No Line on the Horizon sessions.

[artist id="1022"]U2[/artist] may have just released No Line on the Horizon, but that doesn’t mean the guys are about to rule out the possibility that perhaps in the near future — maybe even sometime later this year — they will release another new album.

It all comes down to the fact that the guys have enough material leftover from their original No Line recording session with Rick Rubin back in 2006. After recording with Rubin, the guys decided they wanted to go in a new direction, basically leaving the band with enough songs to fill a whole new LP.

“We have talked about a second album. We certainly have loads of material,” The Edge told MTV News. “But we’re still so delighted with this record. It’s hard to put a timetable on it.”

Larry Mullen Jr. also addressed why they guys shifted gears during the recording of the album. “It wasn’t like we fell out with Rick — it just wasn’t the right time for us,” he explained. “It went really well. The songs were fantastic. It would have been great for Atomic Bomb … [the songs] weren’t right for this.

“We needed to get outside of our comfort zone. Brian Eno doesn’t like U2 — he’s not built to. So when we go and work with him we go through a slightly different filter, ’cause we’re trying to impress him.”

Mullen also clarified when — or if — those other songs will ever see the light of day, sort of. “What people don’t understand is that there was lots going on before … a lot of stuff had gone on,” referring to how long it took the band to release an album after completing How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb in 2004. “It’s not like we were sitting around,” he continued. “So when we even got to Morocco and we generated a lot of stuff, what you hear on this album is what we could get to. There’s an album’s worth, at least. Will it be released? We don’t know. But there is an album’s worth of material … that’s more the point.”