Thursday, November 19, 2009

The Cranberries (for Thanksgiving?)

Originally posted on February 19, 2008

As you might have gathered, here and again I have been surveying some classic alt CDs that had somehow missed my close inspection. And so we come to The Cranberries’ No Need to Argue (Island), a disk worthy of note. Steve DiMarchi, a newer member of the group, endorses Parker Guitars, just FYI. (My guitar shop carries them.) However, he is not on this album.

Dolores O’Riordan’s yodeling, sensuous and sensitive vocalizing is the centerpiece of the music. The songs are modern-sentimental and have melodic durability. There is a certain something melancholy about it all—in that sense they show the roots of traditional Irish music, where even in joy, sadness is never far away. Life is like that most of the time, today, at least for some of us. A good record for that mood, certainly.

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