Maybe I've taken one too many to the head, but is SoI actually what SoA was going to be, meaning it's NLOTH material that didn't make it onto the album plus some of the tour stuff? And is SoE going to be some of the other leftovers? It seemed to me that SoI went from being a teaser to being the actual album, and SoE is now in the SoA-lane shortly after NLOTH dropped.
SoI kind of comes off like a teaser or throwaway album, albeit a refreshing one (and free), but if SoE is more from that whole collection of work, I'm kind of with the others not holding my breath or expecting the return of the avant-garde days of the mid-90's. Unless they're holding something back like "we've got Eno, Flood, Howie, Steve, and Danger Mouse all going at it to clean it up," I doubt they have it in them. If they thought NLOTH was experimental, then I don't have much faith in those words at all.
Bono getting defensive about how the album was distributed and then about experimentation causes me to worry that there's no quality control going on in that camp anymore. If it's to a point where producers can't debate with them, it's bad for everything.