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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 self-conscious role that ended up not standing the band in good stead later. Lead single "Zombie" is the 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, her overdubbed vocals showing her distinct vocal tics. 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."

Customer Reviews

Delicious Cranberry Cocktail

This is a great album! Their first one (Everyone Else is doing it, so why can't we) was good, but only a few of the songs were stellar. THIS ALBUM IS ONE THAT YOU CAN LISTEN TO ALL THE WAY THROUGH!!! I love the cranberries, and I consider this album the pinnacle of their career. Plus, I love dolores o'riordan's accent!

Perhaps the Most Underrated Album of Our Lifetime

The Cranberries are so underrated. Everyone exclaims, when you ask them if they like the Cranberries, "Oh, yeah, 'I'm such a fool for you'! Linger! I love that song, man!" But their albums are purely works of art. This is perhaps my favorite. And what's amazing about them, and why I think they are so underrated in terms of mainstream whatever, is that Dolores's voice is what immediately draws you in, but unless you listen deeply and listen seriously, you won't hear the music. The band might as well be a symphony! The music is so rich and full - there is so much going on. It is the perfect backdrop to Dolores' rich, beautiful voice. "Twenty One" is one of my all-time favorites. This album is such a classic. It's pop or rock or soul or whatever at its very, very best. I am devastated that they are separated. Will I buy her solo album? Probably. But the magic that's hear in "No Need to Argue" can never be matched.

Ahh, if only every band misstepped like this, iTunes

This is one of the only albums that I own that really can be listened to, end to end, over and over and over. I have listened to No Need To Argue every night for nearly a year. I am still amazed and thrilled at what I hear. The standout songs are Ode To My Family, I Can't Be With You, Zombie, The Icicle Melts, and Ridiculus Thoughts. I must admit that I'm biased, though. I've always ranked their more energetic songs slightly above the slower ones. The slower titles still more than hold their own."Ode To My Family" shows Dolores O'Riordan's ability to translate feelings into words. A soft melody that always has me singing along in my head. "I Can't Be With You" is a wonderful love song, but can easily be appreciated by those not looking for romantic music. "Zombie" is my favorite song on the album. It has a thrilling introduction and extremely representative lyrics if you pay attention. They show the horrors of the war in Ireland. Definitely watch the music video on YouTube. It is a little strange, but an eerily accurate representation of the song. "The Icicle Melts" grabbed me when I first heard it. I could not stop listening to it. I must have played it over a dozen times in a row that first day. It is about a young boy getting kidnapped. I am actually listening to it right now. "Ridiculus Thoughts" is just extremely fun to listen to. I can't explain the feeling it creates inside me in words. I don't know what it is about it, but there is definitely something hidden behind the soft lyrics in the intro. About a minute in it fulls out and becomes a full-fledged display of talent. Dolores's Voice never fails, and stays true to it's Irish sound. The drums and giutar are also quite noticeably there, and blend perfectly with her beautiful voice. If you miss No Need To Argue, whatever kind of music you listen to, be aware that you are skipping over one of the best albums of the 90's. Never gets old.


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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