After listening to the Larry Mullen interview and reading this article in Spin,
I really do believe we will get a new album before Christmas this year:
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It sounds like they are planning on releasing the Danger Mouse album first, since that has
the best chance of being a commercial success, and then release a more experimental album in 2014...
Which may be the club-sounding album they've discussed... and put fear in the hearts of some U2 fans.
So, there seems to be at least some discussion within the band to follow the Achtung Baby-Zooropa model.
I know some here are very skeptical we will see an album this year, but hearing Larry confirm the late-2013
release plan makes me feel pretty good about it.