Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Bury The Hatchet [Clean Cover]
Genres: Alternative Rock, World Music, Pop, Rock
Worthy of Having
Lonnie E. Holder | Columbus, Indiana, United States | 01/08/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I heard quite a few negative comments regarding the Cranberries' third CD, so when their fourth CD came out, I was initially reluctant to buy it. However, the reviews were somewhat positive, so I decided to give it a shot. My conclusion: I believe the first two CDs they released are better, but this one is very listenable and worth buying.
This CD still has some of the angst that seemed to be a common thread of the Cranberries' first two CDs, but some of these songs stray quite far from those heavily angst-ridden songs. Some of this music is more rock-influenced than some of their earlier music as well. "Loud and Clear," as an example, has overlaid vocal tracks, a fast rock beat, some synthesized horn, though with a relationship theme. "Promises" similarly has a heavy rock beat with strident lead guitar; a very impressive song that makes full use of Dolores O'Riordan's vocal talent.
There are also songs reminiscent of their first two albums; for example "You and Me," though in the case of this song the theme is love forever, a very positive song. Another lovely song is "Just My Imagination," which has a fairy-tale theme, rock-influenced but still solid Cranberries. "Saving Grace" is just plain pretty, and another positive song. This song perhaps could have been released as a single. "What's on My Mind" is another positive love song, which again sounds very similar to the music on the first two Cranberries CDs.
There are a several other songs I really enjoy from this CD. "Shattered" is a laid back song, with an acoustic guitar taking the musical lead with the principal focus being Dolores's voice. "Desperate Andy" has a good beat and some interesting vocal effects. The very last track, "Dying in the Sun" is principally piano with occasional synthesizer, and Dolores's lovely voice; a gorgeous song for a concert.
"Delilah" is quite an unusual track for this CD. This song has a little metal flavor to it. I like the change of pace musically and vocally, though a song like this risks losing traditional Cranberries fans.
My favorite song on this CD is also the saddest and most poignant. "Fee Fi Fo" deals with the subject of sexual abuse of children. The vocals and the music here are ethereal, bordering on and perhaps edging into progressive rock. The song is sad and angry. You would not want to get into the way of the person singing this song.
Not every track on this CD is a winner, but generally there is good quality here. I think The Cranberries are trying to experiment with their music without being totally commercial. I must approve whole-heartedly. They continue to bring their own flavor to a spectrum of musical styles. I did have a hard time getting into this CD initially, and had to listen to it several times before I finally began getting into the topics and the music. However, I also was dealing with the paradigm of their first two albums, and was expecting much the same. While there is some music that is similar to the first two albums, there are some striking differences as well. I think the Cranberries are making changes that should be positive ones for their future, and I look forward to purchasing their next CD.
Dolores did it again
andreafarrar | 07/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Driving force of Cranberries has done a great job again, this is a great album really. I advice promises particularly. It is even better than the flagship song "animal instinct". All of the songs are lovely in general. Strongly recommended by me"
Its The Cranberries, Need I Say More?
email@example.com | California | 02/04/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Band Is The Best, I have purchased all their CD's and haven't been disappointed yet, O'Riordan's voice is so pretty and unique. Their music has changed a little since their first CD but it is a good change. All the songs on this CD are great, my favorite's are probably "Track 2" and "Track 9," if you like The Cranberries you will like this CD."