"Rick Rubin has a larger looming presence on this album than his 'thank you' deserves. He asked 'Why can't more people cover U2 songs?' And it's because, with all the great sounds and arrangements, you can forget that there isn't a song there."
- Bono on Rubin's influence on Songs of Innocence
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"Moment of Surrender", recorded in a single take, is the track that producers Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois said best represents the band's original album concept of creating "future hymns".