It has been almost a decade since the last time The Cranberries have released any new material, but from the moment the new album begins, it feels as though no time has passed at all.
With lead vocalist Delores O’Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler reuniting after a six year hiatus, the “Roses” release marks the first new material from the Irish alt-rock band since the 2001 release “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”.
The album also reunites the band with their longtime producer Stephen Street, who worked with them on their debut album and produced the first major single for the band, “Linger” back in 1993. The years may have gone by, but the unique sound of The Cranberries that put them on the map is still very much as present on this new release as it ever was.
From beginning to end, the new album offers up music that instantly grabs attention and really does pick up where the band left off almost a decade ago. The songs on the album take on a bit of a central theme, that being of relationships. Relationships of the romantic variety, and love in all of its forms, be them heartbreaking or reminiscing about days gone by and maybe even a few that can be taken into context of the band’s hiatus.
Most if not all of the songs on “Roses” showcase what it was that made The Cranberries stand out when they first came onto the music scene and that would be O’Riordan’s amazing voice and the same blend of alternative, folk, and pop music that is hard to classify into one group. From the minute the album starts to play, there is no mistake that this is the same Irish band that many came to love and this album is sure to appeal to both longtime fans of The Cranberries, as well as reach a whole new generation as well.
The first single from the album, “Tomorrow”, serves reminds anyone that The Cranberries are still as strong of a band as they ever were. The catchy pop hooks combining with O’Riordan’s distinctive voice makes for a combination worthy of a successful single and proves that it isn’t just nostalgia for the old days fueling the album, but pure talent on the part of the band
On “Losing My Mind”, the song begins with delicate and ethereal vocals before raging straight into an up-tempo hook that grabs your attention and then seamlessly eases back into the slower delicate and back again.
There are plenty of standout tracks on the album, such as the moody of “Waiting in Walthamstow” and the absolutely haunting title track, “Roses”, which truly highlights the amazing breathy quality of O’Riordan’s voice back against nothing more than a very simple guitar track.
It is definitely an album worth checking out, especially for their old fans, but not solely.
Written by Christina Lawler
For those more curious to hear more from the album, click over to Spotify.com for a sampling of tracks from the new album, “Roses”.