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Producer defends controversial release of group's album

'Songs of Innocence' by the Irish band was automatically downloaded onto all Apple subscribers' iTunes accounts when it was released last September.

 

Producer Flood has defended U2's 'Songs of Innocence' album claiming its unique release asked questions about the value of music.

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'Songs of Innocence' by the Irish band was automatically downloaded onto all Apple subscribers' iTunes accounts when it was released last September. The producer says that the 2014 album asks the question "What is the value of music right now?"When speaking before a gig with synth project Node however, Flood, also known for his work with Depeche Mode, Nick Cave refused to criticise Bono and the band for their controversial technique.Discussing the impact of the album with Gigwise, the producer, real name Mark Ellis, said: "I think what it did was raise whether music is valued in society right now, and I think that's something that still hasn't been answered correctly. It brought about the question of 'What are peoples' listening tastes?' And maybe the biggest question it raised was 'Are people allowed to have choice or is choice actually being eliminated?'"Flood has lent his hand to many of U2's best known works, including 'The Joshua Tree', 'Achtung Baby' and 'Songs Of Innocence', as well as recent celebrated albums like PJ Harvey's 'Let England Shake', Warpaint's eponymous album and Foals' 'Holy Fire'.

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