83. The Cranberries – To the Faithful Departed (1996)
3. When You’re Gone
4. Free to Decide
5. War Child
6. Forever Yellow Skies
7. The Rebels
9. I Just Shot John Lennon
10. Electric Blue
11. I’m Still Remembering
12. Will You Remember?
Who is/are The Cranberries?
According to Facebook; ‘Musician/Band’.
I’m beginning to think Facebook may not be an interesting source for band bios…
Why did you buy this album?
It was cheap, and as I didn’t buy it when it first came out as Q magazine said it wasn’t particularly good*, I thought I’d give it a go 20 years later.
Q were right.
What’s it like?
Remember ‘Zombie‘, the big hit single from ‘No Need To Argue‘? Well, this album starts off like that, then decides it really doesn’t want to be pigeon-holed into one particular genre, and wanders around for a bit, trying different styles, none of which really work.
Oh, and lyrically, it’s all gone a bit teenage angst, as if singer/songwriter Dolores O’Riordan found her diaries from her school days and put them to music…
After listening to it now, do you (still) like this album?
I quite like the opening track, but it’s downhill from there. By the time I reach track 5, ‘War Child‘, I’m cringing too much to keep any interest.
Any stand-out tracks?
‘Hollywood‘ is an okay opener, and I think it’s ‘Electric Blue‘ that revives my hopes after the intervening tracks.
Standing out for all the wrong reason are ‘Salvation‘ (good music, terrible lyrics), the aforementioned ‘War Child‘, and the awful, awful ‘I Just Shot John Lennon‘.
Rating out of 10?
Next up: Sheryl Crow – Tuesday Night Music Club
*Q disliked this album so much, it made #25 on their list of the 50 Worst Albums ever…