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Album Review

With their surprise success behind them, the Cranberries went ahead and essentially created a sequel to Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We with only tiny variations, with mixed results. The fact that the album is essentially a redo of previously established stylistic ground isn't apparent in just the production, handled again by Stephen Street, or the overall sound, or even that one particularly fine song is called "Dreaming My Dreams." Everybody wasn't a laugh riot, to be sure, but No Need to Argue starts to see O'Riordan take a more commanding and unfortunately much more self-conscious role that ended up not standing the band in good stead later. Lead single "Zombie" is the worst offender in this regard — the heavy rock trudge isn't immediately suited for the band's strengths (notably, O'Riordan wrote this without Noel Hogan) — while the subject matter — the continuing Northern Ireland tensions — ends up sounding trivialized. Opening cut "Ode to My Family" is actually one of the band's best, with a lovely string arrangement created by O'Riordan, but her overdubbed vocals start showing her distinct vocal tics becoming a bit more gimmicky at the expense of the performance. Where No Need succeeds best is when the Cranberries stick at what they know, resulting in a number of charmers like "Twenty One," the uilleann pipes-touched "Daffodil's Lament," which has an epic sweep that doesn't overbear like "Zombie," and the evocative "Disappointment." [No Need to Argue: The Complete Sessions adds the Carpenters cover "(They Long to Be) Close to You," a remix of "Zombie," and a bonus track, "So Cold in Ireland."]

Customer Reviews

An amazing album

Firstly, iTunes has this released as 2002 - No Need to Argue was released back in 1994. For a lot of people, this was their definitive album. Following the success of Everybody is Doing it, so Why Can't We?, No Need to Argue was released with the first single Zombie. It was such a breakaway from the previous music The Cranberries were known for (soulful ballads), this was more of a hard rock song with a lot of attitude behind it. The film clip featured Dolores tied to a stake with painted bodies writhing at her feet. Naturally it caused a commotion - and naturally it increased the popularity of the group. Although No Need to Argue had a string of hits, including Ode to my Family, I can't be with you and Ridiculous Thoughts, for this fair reviewer - it was the other tracks that I kept coming back to - such as 21 and No Need to Argue. The latter being such a morbid and moving piece, sung to a church organ playing long chords. It still moves me when I hear it. The Cranberries are sadly no longer (Dolores is about to release her debut album), but they really made the 90s sit up and listen with their musical talent. There are some great albums the Cranberries did, but I think the turning point and musical trailblazing is no more apparent than in No Need to Argue. migs


Iv always been in tune with the music I listen to and this album used to make me really emotional. It got to me in a huge way and I was only about 10.
No need to argue has always been a powerful song that strums my heart strings as I think of my Beautiful grandmother.
21 also grabbed my attention for many reasons.
If your looking for music you can really connect and relate too this is the perfect album.


Formed: 1990 in Ireland

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Combining the melodic jangle of post-Smiths indie guitar pop with the lilting, trance-inducing sonic textures of late-'80s dream pop and adding a slight Celtic tint, the Cranberries became one of the more successful groups to emerge from the pre-Brit-pop U.K. indie scene of the early '90s. Led by vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, whose keening, powerful voice is the most distinctive element of the group's sound, the group initially made little impact in the United Kingdom. It wasn't until the lush ballad...
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