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Stars - The Best of 1992-2002

The Cranberries

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Album Review

For the Cranberries, assembling a best-of covering the first decade of their career means compiling their singles in chronological order, which turns out to be a foolproof approach for a band that can be uneven over the course of a full-length album but has always managed to express itself well on the two-to-four catchiest cuts. ("Hollywood" and "You & Me" were not singles chosen for release as such by the band, but they were put out in individual territories.) From "Dreams" and the breakthrough hit "Linger" to the sometimes harder-rocking and more political efforts such as "Zombie" and "Free to Decide," and on to more melodic songs later on, the singles (presented here in some cases in single versions or new edits to fit everything in) make a case for the Cranberries as one of the major international rock bands of the '90s. Also included is one album cut, "Daffodil Lament" from No Need to Argue, said to have been an overwhelming fan choice as the one non-single inclusion, and two new songs, "New New York" and "Stars." "New New York," in which lead singer and songwriter Dolores O'Riordan takes on the September 11 terrorist attacks, is a bit heavy-handed, as O'Riordan confesses that the subject is beyond her ("There's nothing to say") before settling for the anthemic statement, "They won't tear us apart." Much better is "Stars," one of the band's more pop-sounding efforts. But the inclusion of the two songs is appropriate, as it shows the Cranberries continuing to pursue two tracks in their music, one a harder-edged, more political side, the other softer and more romantic. [Mercury's 2005 edition featured an additional CD of bonus material, as well as a bonus DVD.]

Customer Reviews

The cranberries are gods

Ridiculous thoughts!!!! Zombie!!!! Ode to my Family!!!!! Animal instinct!!!!!!! they did the best songs ever written.

Cranberries Forever

The sound of the Cranberries never gets old, and always brings back tons of memories

Zombie... another almost forgotten anti-War song

people tend to remember the anti-war songs of the Vietnam Era. ... but Zombie put a face to that ugly mood of festering social hatred... North America tends to forget the Rest of the World has their Peace songs... if you don't have the original... this is a fantastic compliation from a fantastic band.. powerful lyrics, haunting descants... noodling melodies & ripping guitar work... well worth the price & space on your iPod Spread Love...  ... but wear the Glove! BlueBerry Pick'n can be found @  ThisCanadian.com ~~~ "We, two, form a Multitude"~ Ovid.  ~~~ <i>"Silent Freedom is Freedom Silenced"

Biography

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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