The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in pop music criticism, trends and news.
U2 just released its 14th studio album, “Songs of Experience,” a continuation of one of the most storied careers in mainstream rock music. No band of its generation remains as popular, and as ruthlessly copied by younger acts.
It is both a compliment and an insult to say U2 can’t sound like anything but itself — the band is long past its experimental phase, and instead focuses on refining the musical ideas that are its hallmarks.
On this week’s Popcast, Mr. Caramanica speaks with Jon Pareles, the chief pop music critic of The New York Times, who interviewed the band last year as it was in the early stages of recording its new album. The two discuss the usefulness of U2’s desire for bigness, the band’s many imitators and whether U2 is actually a worship-music band working in the mainstream.
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