20 Songs, 1 Hour 17 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Stars speaks to The Cranberries’ penchant for flawlessly sculpted, instantly recognizable singles. Throughout the ’90s and into the early ’00s, the Irish alt-rockers managed to change up their style every couple of records. “Linger” is enchanting jangle pop that captures singer Dolores O’Riordan’s mezzo-soprano at its most ethereal; on “Zombie,” she and the group get political over loud, grunge-soaked riffs. But maybe the most radical curveball of them all arrives in the form of “Salvation,” a short, frenetic slice of Celtic punk rock pierced with ska horns.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Stars speaks to The Cranberries’ penchant for flawlessly sculpted, instantly recognizable singles. Throughout the ’90s and into the early ’00s, the Irish alt-rockers managed to change up their style every couple of records. “Linger” is enchanting jangle pop that captures singer Dolores O’Riordan’s mezzo-soprano at its most ethereal; on “Zombie,” she and the group get political over loud, grunge-soaked riffs. But maybe the most radical curveball of them all arrives in the form of “Salvation,” a short, frenetic slice of Celtic punk rock pierced with ska horns.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
394 Ratings
394 Ratings
Christopher_G2 ,

Great Music From a Great Band (RIP Dolores)

Stars: The Best of The Cranberries 1992 -2002 was a purchase I made in the wake of the tremendous loss earlier this year of the Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan at just 46; putting tragedy aside, getting it was a very worthy decision. With 20 tracks from this terrific alternative rock band, it’s an amazing deal. I came in liking their music, but ashamedly only five of the songs did I remember well, with a handful of others seeming familiar. I am grateful to say I really loved this collection, the band’s beats and Dolores’s voice coming together now soothingly, now jarringly, now with emotional intensity.

With exception to one track, number 6 “Ridiculous Thoughts” (the chorus of it just didn’t work for me) all these are taking a permanent and proud place in my iTunes library. My favorites of course include known songs like “Dreams” and my favorite of all “Zombie”, but also ones I had only heard a few times or perhaps never, like “Hollywood” and “Ode to My Family”. It includes two previously unreleased tracks (at-the-time of release in 2002), the one called “New New York” I rank among my favorites. Though I don’t put alternative rock as my favorite genre, or even top three favorite, I really like the style of this band, which balances hard and softer stuff nicely, and these tracks are inciteful, rarely feel repetitive, and overall kept me much entertained. Highly recommended.

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shane0154 ,

A haunting voice

She’ll be missed

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