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To the Faithful Departed
The Cranberries
To the Faithful Departed
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (19) - Disc #1

This is the Cranberries' contribution to the time-honored difficult-third-album syndrome, with the Irish quartet--particularly frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan--working to expand its musical base and stretch out in new lyrical...  more »


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All Artists: The Cranberries
Title: To the Faithful Departed
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 4
Label: Universal
Release Date: 9/23/2002
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: Adult Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1

This is the Cranberries' contribution to the time-honored difficult-third-album syndrome, with the Irish quartet--particularly frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan--working to expand its musical base and stretch out in new lyrical directions. While their efforts are only partially successful, the band approaches the task with such cocky confidence that the album maintains a consistently high level of likableness. The band employs a convincingly aggressive instrumental attack on "Salvation" and "Hollywood," while the lilting balladry of "Free to Decide" and "When You're Gone" underlines O'Riordan's ties to Celtic folk tradition. And while her efforts at tackling current events on "War Child," "Bosnia," and the controversial "I Shot John Lennon" are hit-and-miss, her obvious sense of commitment gives those songs an undeniable power. --Scott Schinder

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Kate A. from GLENS FALLS, NY
Reviewed on 4/14/2007...
Jewel case is a bit scuffed, but the CD itself and the inserts are all in brand-new quality.

This album is fantastic - it's been around for a while, but it's a Cranberries fan staple. I'm only getting rid of it because for some reason I have two!
0 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
PJ S. (PJsails2) from HUDSONVILLE, MI
Reviewed on 1/29/2007...
Track Listings - Disc #1
When You're Gone
Free To Decide
War Child
Forever Yellow Skies
Rebels, The
I Just Shot John Lennon
Electric Blue
I'm Still Remembering
Will You Remember?
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3rd Time's A Charm
Christopher J. Sorick | Council Bluffs, Iowa, USA | 08/25/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"To The Faithful Departed, the 3rd studio alblum from The Cranberries has often been panned as "one of the worst alblums of all times". I don't get it. The songs are produced wonderfully, paying special attention to the era of 90's alternative rock, and even a little ska. There is a lot of musical experimentation on this alblum that is very refreshing, and not the same as "No Need To Argue", where you tend to not know when the song is ending, and a new one is starting. You WILL know when tracks change on this alblum!
The start of the disc really grabs your attention with the hard rocking opener "Hollywood". It stays true to who The Cranberries are as a band, with the classic yodel of Dolores O'Riordan's beautiful voice.
"Salvation", the first radio single from this alblum, is a great anti-drug anthem, and with the help of a wonderful, yet creepy promotional video, moved this song to the top of the Modern Rock Charts in 1996. With ska music becoming ever popular in the early to mid 90's, this song contributed a wonderful brass section to the song, and makes it one of the best tracks on this alblum.
Other great songs on the alblum are "Forever Yellow Skies" with Dolores once again yodeling away to a hard rock beat. "I Just Shot John Lennon" is a wonderful rock song with hard guitar riffs, and Dolores pounding vocally away.
To make this alblum more diverse from there other 2 alblums before, The Cranberries decide to go a little more experimental, and in my opinion they do a wonderful job. It does sound experimental, and even a bit weird at some points, but what's wrong with that? I don't like it when reviewers say that "the alblum sounds just like their old stuff, why don't they do more experimenting", and then when the do experiment they pan saying, "a little too experimental, and not an accessible alblum".
This alblum is very accessible, and has wonderful sound. Give it a listen.

Christopher Sorick
Council Bluffs, Iowa"
Erratic, Forced, Characteristicallly Dull Lyrics.
Elf_Friend | Chesapeake | 12/26/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

"This CD is the first I have bought of the Cranberries, and if I had not explored their earlier releases, it would be the last. This was a band with extraordinary potential: truly unique lead vocals, distinctive sound(s), and real presence. They squander it, at least in this album, giving a jerky, distasteful performance. They are hooked on the idea of the yodeling punk band, and the result is miserable. There are moments, the gentler bits of "Electric Blue" and the delightfully gypsyish "Will You Remember?" that are truly decent, rich and potent instrumental segments. Then they yodel their trite and bland lyrics (most songs have only four or five lines, repeated to the gnawing point) and all falls down. What does she even mean, yelling over and over that "Salvation is Free"? There is always a cost to such things. If you're going to preach, preach something worth saying.

Look at the earlier stuff; it's calm, rich, and well-balanced. At least it seems that way in comparison. The lyrics are still dull, but it's ok somehow. And then write a review of it for me!"