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Album Review

Title aside, what the Cranberries were doing wasn't that common at the time, at least in mainstream pop terms; grunge and G-funk had done their respective big splashes via Nirvana and Dr. Dre when Everybody came out first in the U.K. and then in America some months later. Lead guitarist Noel Hogan is in many ways the true center of the band at this point, co-writing all but three songs with O'Riordan and showing an amazing economy in his playing, and having longtime Smiths/Morrissey producer Stephen Street behind the boards meant that the right blend of projection and delicacy still held sway. One can tell he likes Johnny Marr and his ability to do the job just right: check out the quick strums and blasts on "Pretty" or the concluding part of the lovely "Waltzing Back." O'Riordan herself offers up a number of romantic ponderings and considerations lyrically (as well as playing perfectly fine acoustic guitar), and her undisputed vocal ability suits the material perfectly. The two best cuts were the deserved smashes: "Dreams," a brisk, charging number combining low-key tension and full-on rock, and the melancholic, string-swept breakup song "Linger." If Everybody is in the end a derivative pleasure — and O'Riordan's vocal acrobatics would never again be so relatively calm in comparison — a pleasure it remains nonetheless, the work of a young band creating a fine little synthesis. [Everybody Is Doing It, So Why Can't We: The Complete Sessions 1991-1993 adds several bonus tracks, including "Reason," "Them," "What You Were," "Liar," a remix of "How," and the remix of "Pretty" that ended up on the Pret a Porter soundtrack.]

Customer Reviews

wow

considering such an amazing album wih such a hit as "dreams", i dont see why this hasn't gotten as many reviews! fantastic album with fantastic vocals and a fantastic band to go with it. must buy.

Cranberries Rock Dude!

The Cranberries best stuff, is old school. This album is as old as it gets for The Cranberries. It rocks and its always will.

Fantastic major-label debut

However, to the reviewer below: this is not "as old as it gets" for the band. The band had released a demo as early as 1989 with a male singer. Regardless, "Everybody Else..." is certainly phenomenal and at times schizophrenic: Dolores O'Riordan's smattering of emotions provide an eclectic feel to this album that are sadly absent in the remainder of their catalogue. From Romantic musings of innocent dalliances to heartbreaking revelations of lost love, "Everybody Else..." is certainly a complete emotional package.

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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