In recent interviews, the band has revealed they have continued writing & recording over decades, & never really ceased working together on songs. The new album is not a collection of new songs or new recordings as some of them date back 13 to 20 years as evidenced by bootleg live recordings of shows from 2000 & 1994 where a number of these songs were performed. An excellent, well researched article/interview in Uncut mag UK, Oct., 2013 has quotes from musicians who worked on the album's studio recordings. One recalls the song he's credited on was recorded in the early 1990s, & another, Colm O'Ciosoig, recalls playing bass on a number of these newly released recordings back in the early '00s. Hope's voice also gives obvious hints as to which recordings are recent, & which are older, as her voice has deepened in recent years. On many songs it's Hope's younger voice one hears, while on some others, it's her older, deeper voice. I just wish they'd released earlier the songs kept in vaults for years now newly released, & wish they'd follow up this album with a box set of all the many unreleased recordings they STILL reportedly have a huge cache of hidden away that fans never get to hear!