In anticipation of the 25th anniversary re-release of this 1994 record, I thought it would be a good idea to revisit The Cranberries’ most popular and highest selling album. Of course, the current incarnation of the band lacks lead singer Dolores O’Riordan, who died in 2018. One of the most striking things about her was how she wouldn’t try to “lose” her Irish accent when singing - rather she embraced it. This adds a really nice touch to her already beautiful voice. Getting back to the record, the first five tracks are can’t miss songs, so I would just start listening at the beginning and go in sequence. The tenderness exhibited in ‘Ode to My Family’ is particularly poignant when you realize that O’Riordan is gone. I feel like there’s some filler in the middle of the album, but then things start picking up again with ‘Ridiculous Thoughts’ onward.
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