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Album Review

The Cranberries stumbled with their move toward heavier, politically fueled modern rock on To the Faithful Departed, losing fans enamored with their earlier sound. Like many groups that see their stardom fading, the band decided to return after a short hiatus with a mildly updated, immaculately constructed distillation of everything that earned them an audience in the first place. It's immediately apparent that Bury the Hatchet has retreated from the ludicrous posturing that marred To the Faithful. There are no blasts of distorted guitar — as a matter of fact, there are no songs that even qualify as "rockers" — and there is little preaching, even on Dolores O'Riordan's most earnest songs. Every note and gesture is pitched at the adult alternative mainstream, which is a good thing. Though they ran away from the dreamy jangle of their first hits, the Cranberries never sounded more convincing than on mid-tempo, folky pop tunes with polished productions. Sonically, that's precisely what Bury the Hatchet delivers, complete with little flourishes — a Bacharachian horn chart there, cinematic strings there — to illustrate that the band did indeed know what was hip in the late '90s. All this planning — some might call it calculation — shouldn't come as a surprise, since Bury the Hatchet is essentially a make-or-break album, but what is a surprise is that the end result is the most consistent record of their career. It's not necessarily their best — it lacks the immediate singles of their first two records — but all the songs work together to form a whole; not even embarrassments like the skittering "Copycat" interrupt the flow of the record. True, the album never challenges listeners, but it delivers on their expectations — and after To the Faithful Departed, that comes as a relief.

Customer Reviews

Do Any of You Reviewers listen to this music before you rate it?

Firstly, there is no foul language on this album and had any of you so-called reviewers listened to this Cd then you would know that the reason it is marked as explicit is because of the cover which still baffles me because even tho there is a naked man on it, there is no explicit exposure of his body. So give this record a chance. It is delightfully roc/pop mixed. The Cranberries are excellent musicians and write great music. This is my favorite of their Cds.

Bury the Hatchet

To get the explicit factor out of the way, this album was likely given the parental advisory label because of the picture shown on the inside, or at least the inside cover I've seen, which shows the man on the cover nude (from a distance, but you can still make out what it generally is.) There is also the fact that some of the songs have more adult content than any of their other releases. One of the songs has some drug content (Desperate Andy, I think), and Fee Fi Fo is about a child molestor, so the explicit sticker is kind of necessary. As for swearing... There's literally none. As for the album itself, it's actually pretty good, save a few slower songs. The lyrics are as off-beat as they've ever been, "People are stranger, People in danger," in Loud and Clear and the constant, "Copycat, copycat, copycat," attacks in... Well, I hope you're able to guess what the name is. All in all, it's a solid album, with a few disappointments, but you'd have to work pretty hard to make an album that disappoints no one.


This CD is amazing.. So Many good songs, just listen to it without skipping songs.. Amazing!


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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