It’s been three years since U2 released new music, and the wait’s finally over with a new song from the upcoming Nelson Mandela “Long Walk to Freedom” biopic.
“Ordinary Love,” released today (Nov. 21), is the first new material from the rock band since 2010’s “Soon,” premiered on the “U2 360 at the Rose Bowl” soundtrack. The band released an accompanying music video for the song, one month after a trailer featuring snippets of the song premiered.
The new track is classic Bono and co., with a soaring vocal from the frontman and tight guitar work from The Edge. The song itself is sweeping and epic overall, though with a certain restraint that keeps it from becoming too much of a fists-clenched ballad. Though it’s unclear who produced the song, the upcoming U2 album is purportedly helmed by Danger Mouse.
“The band saw various cuts of the film over the summer and worked diligently to write a song that truly reflects Nelson Mandela,” Weinstein Company co-founder Harvey Weinstein, who asked the band to write a song for the film, said last month. “I think they did a brilliant job honoring the man and the leader they have known for over 20 years.”
“Ordinary Love” will be available for purchase on vinyl as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday sale. A digital download will follow.
“Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom” is scheduled for a Nov. 29 release. Meanwhile, U2’s first album of new material since 2009’s “No Line on the Horizon” is currently set for April 2014.