Music Review: Roses by The Cranberries

By Vanessa Butler

The Cranberries may have ruled the radio airwaves in the early 90's, but Roses will probably not make any Irish rock resurgence happen anytime soon.

The Cranberries may have ruled the radio airwaves in the early ‘90s with “Linger” but their new album Roses will not trigger an Irish rock resurgence anytime soon. Yes, after listening to the album Dolores O’Riordan’s voice will still burrow deep into your subconscious as it did years ago when you first heard the chorus for “Zombie,” but that’s about all you will get out of this album aside from some new tracks to drink Guinness to with your pals.

Following suit with other '90s bands like Pulp, Blur and Garbage who are reforming for gigs or new albums, The Cranberries seem to have found a good amount of musical inspiration to write, produce, and record their first album in nine years. After touring non-stop, the band hung up their instruments in 2003 and booked a studio with no contract, no management and no record company. The album Rosesis what eventually came of those recording sessions.

The first single off of the album “Tomorrow” showcases O’Riordan’s gorgeous voice perfectly while she muses about how fast life goes by. “Schizophrenic Playboys” delivers more than a few catchy riffs which is reminiscent of earlier Cranberries singles and “Waiting in Walthamstow," probably the best song on the entire album is just that, a really good Cranberries song.

There’s nothing  else to say about this album. It’s not good, it’s not bad, it’s exactly what you’ll expect when you turn it on and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Best Tracks: "Tomorrow”, “Waiting in Walthamstow”, “Conduct”

Skip These: “Fire & Soul”, “So Good”, “Raining In My Heart”


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