"Rick Rubin has a larger looming presence on this album than his 'thank you' deserves. He asked 'Why can't more people cover U2 songs?' And it's because, with all the great sounds and arrangements, you can forget that there isn't a song there."
- Bono on Rubin's influence on Songs of Innocence
did you know
The song 'Van Diemen's Land' is sung from the point of view of an Irish poet who spoke out against the British government and was going to be exiled to Tasmania (Van Dieman's Land is the original name for the island).