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 » 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« less
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
Linda L. (angelstar) from TAOS, NM Reviewed on 6/30/2007...
I love this CD! It's got great music.
3. When You're Gone
4. Free To Decide
5. War Child
6. Forever Yellow Skies
7. The Rebels
8. I Just Shot John Lennon
9. Electric Blue
10. I'm Still Remembering
11. Will You Remember?
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The Cranberries are a wonderful, WONDERFUL affliction.....
Matthew | Michigan, USA | 01/07/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"About a year and a half ago, I recieved the CD "No Need To Argue". At that time, I had very nearly no idea who the Cranberries were. Sure, like everyone, I had heard "Zombie" a few times, and i thought it was great, but i never gave it much more thought than that. To my shock, I could not bring myself to press the stop button. I listened wistfully to the crescendos of Dolores O'Riordan's voice, and floated about in another world during her softer moments. The album mesmerized me. Such is true with this album, which i purchased along with all the others soon after recieving my first. The upbeat, rocking songs "Hollywood", "Salvation", "Free To Decide", "The Rebels", and "I Just Shot John Lennon" are almost impossible to resist singing along to. The soft, melancholic tones of "When You're Gone", "War Child", "Electric Blue Eyes", "I'm Still Remembering", "Joe", and "Bosnia" are so powerful, you find yourself agreeing with Dolores. The lyrics are heart-wrenching in songs like "War Child," "Bosnia," and "Joe" (in which she remembers her deceased grandfather). Overall, my favorite Cranberries album, with the most range and beauty of them all."
To the Faithful Departed
Matthew | 03/11/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I carefully read reviews before I make a decision about whether to buy a CD or not...This time that was a mistake. Most of the reviews I read were putting down this album, stating it was their worst collection. Obviously I disagree with that remark.
Yes, some of the desperate political messages can get annoying, but if that is the worst thing about this album, that's not saying much. There are always going to be those few songs that you don't listen to as much, but in this case it isn't because they're bad, its just because you fall in love with the other ones.
'The Rebels' has got to be the best track on this album. Her loud, powerful voice just blows you away, plus the melody is great. 'Yellow skies' is brilliant. It's one of those songs that you just have to sing along with. 'Hollywood' and 'Salvation' really gives you a reminder of how hard they can rock, so if you like that style definately listen to those.
All in all, EVERY song is worth listening to. Even the intermission is beautiful. Ultimately, I read too much negative information about this album, costing me time that I could have used enjoying it's unique style."
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"
I really dig this album
Sarah Parkhurst | El Dorado Hills, CA United States | 09/24/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I have to say that although this album diverged from the more conventional sound of the group in the first two albums I really like this one the best. Not only does this album carry some of the sane style of tunes that are signature to the group I personally admire the majority of the album that tries to expands their horizons. I feel that this particular album is full of so much raw emotion that it is priceless for any fan. You get the anger to what was happening to the band plus the sorrow towards the current events. I like this album because it was so politically charged and affected by what was going on in the era it was made. Sure most of the songs aren't that great, they are a bit weird, but I think that it is albums like these that really make a group different and true artists."