Release Date: February 27, 2012
Everyone who was tuned into the music of the 1990s knows The Cranberries are capable of greatness, with songs like ‘Linger’ and ‘Zombie’ that have become classic reflections of the time. We also remember the decline of their musical greatness, with their later albums. Today, The Cranberries still seem lost, with their newest release Roses. Traces of the burgeoning icon that was Dolores O’Riordan are still evident, but the spark is nowhere to be found.
On Roses, the group gives into the pitfall of having a catchy melody but distracting the listener with nonsensical lyrics. Someone needs to let them know that just because it rhymes, does not mean it must be used. The result of feeling the need to rhyme every line makes everything sound trite- and we know The Cranberries are better than trite.
On this effort, as with their last few, The Cranberries are a faded, worn-out version of what they once were. Much like R.E.M. and Tori Amos, they are no longer speaking to the generation who needed them so badly at the time. Maybe it is just time for us to realize that the icons of the 90s need to be shelved away as just that. Perhaps we are expecting the magic to continue, but the party is simply over. It is not to say that what they are producing is terrible, but that they are better left remembered for who they were, rather than who they have become.
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