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The Cranberries – Roses

text: Helena Torstensson

band: The Cranberries
album: Roses
genre: Alternative/Rock
release: 27 February 2012
label: Cooking Vinyl

The Cranberries are an Irish rock band formed in Limerick City in 1989. The band achieved international fame in the 90´s with their debut album “Everybody Else Is Doing it, So Why Can´t We?” it was released in 1993. One year later came “No Need To Argue” followed by “To The Faithful Departed” in 1996 and “Bury The Hatchet” in 1999.

The Cranberries were one of the most successful rock bands of the 90’s, they sold over 15 million albums in the US alone. After a six-year hiatus The Cranberries reunited in 2009 and began a North American tour, followed by dates in South America and Europe in early 2010. “Roses” is the bands sixth album, it was recorded in May 2011 and released in February 2012.

The first song “Conduct” begins in a dreamy atmosphere with soft vocals. This song has a long intro, before it really starts. Hearing Dolores O’Riodan’s special vocals once again is such a pleasure. I did not dare to have too high expectations when I started listening to ‘Roses’ but this song really connected me in the way this band sounded in the 90’s and yet it is interesting by new influences.

Fire & Soul” opens softly and when the light sounding vocals sets in, I know it is aspecial song. It has a laid back feeling and soothing atmosphere, in a way it brings an almost faraway feeling. The pace picks up some speed in the chorus that easily gets stuck in your mind.

A song that quickly became a favorite is “Show Me”. It begins with a violin intro that sets a darker atmosphere for the song. When Dolores begins to sing the song changes and brings brightness, but underneath the darker feeling stays. A very emotional song, and I enjoy the melody and tempo. It has a deeper meaning and it reflects the new sound of the Irish band very well.


For me ‘Roses’ takes me back in time. At the same time  the sound is fresh and brings The Cranberries into today. The album brings a variety of songs; the beautiful melodies, strong lyrics and Dolores O´Rioden´s special voice easily keeps it all together. It’s interesting to realize how listening to this new album makes me crave more of the same, makes me want to enjoy the older ones and connect with those songs once again.


Dolores O’Riordan – vocals
Noel Hogan – guitars
Mike Hogan – bass
Fergal Lawler – drums

1. Conduct
2. Tomorrow
3. Fire & Soul
4. Raining In my Heart
5. Losing My Mind
6. Schizophrenic Playboy
7. Waiting In Walthamstow
8. Show Me
9. Astral Projection
10. So Good
11. Roses


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