R-1259237-1377112122-2012.jpegIf you have been following my blog for quite some time then you will have learned that I like paying tribute to artists that I respect in the industry. Today’s album of the week is one of those tributes to another artist that we lost, but right in the beginning of 2018.  Dolores O’Riordan was the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Cranberries who on January 15TH was discovered and pronounced dead at her hotel room in London. There are no details on the cause of death, but I wanted to pay tribute to her by covering Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? for this week’s album of the week. The album was released on March 1, 1993 and it featured O’Riordan (Vocals), Noel Hogan (Guitars), Mike Hogan (Bass), and Fergal Lawler (Drums). The album was a huge success for the band as it went number one in the UK and Ireland while peaking at number 18 on The Billboard Top 200 Charts. The album sold over 5 million in the US making it five times platinum while being certified two times platinum in the UK (selling 600,000 units).

MI00021791721. I Still Do– The very melodic and brooding opening track starts and Dolores amazing voice carries you through. This is a track about Dolores having to make a tough choice because she knows she is not going to be around and long distance relationships don’t always work, but she loves him and can’t leave him. 4.5/5

2. Dreams– One of my favorite Cranberries songs ever with it’s upbeat tempo that reminds me of the glory days of 80’s post punk music. I think the track is about how things always change in one’s life, but one thing is for sure and that is she’s in love. 5/5

3. Sunday– The beginning of the track makes me think we are in a dream state at first, but when it kicks in it’s a pretty good mid tempo track. The track is about a guy coming into her life, but she couldn’t muster up the words to say that she needed him. 4/5

4. Pretty– The tempo is slowed down while Dolores just takes over the track vocally while she talks about the same thing saying we know you’re pretty, but there’s no need to act like your better. 4/5

5. Waltzing Back– A track that has some acoustic elements to it with some cool yodeling from Dolores in the track. I’m not really sure what the track is about, but it could be about the wife of a soldier who is mad that he husband is being taken to fight in the cause. 4.5/5

6. Not Sorry– A cool track that starts with some piano before some clean channel guitars come in in this brooding track that is about a girl basically saying that the way you treated me you shouldn’t be mad that I hate you. 4.5/5

everybody-else-is-doing-it-so-why-cant-we-56e9f3c411d647. Linger– An amazing track on the album that Riordan once said is about her first kiss with a soldier that she once fell in love with. The track has that element of regret in the lyrics which puts it into perspective. 5/5

8. Wanted– A more upbeat tempo track about a relationship in which she feels like she likes them, but they don’t like her. 4.5/5

9. Still Can’t …– The element of post punk in this track is incredible and it sounds great too in this track that is about a guy who did wrong, but he hasn’t done anything to fix it. 5/5

10. I Will Always– a very beautiful track musically that is yet so tragic in lyrics because it’s about how she holds on to a relationship even though it’s bad for her. 5/5

11. How– Another cool track on the album that is once again about a relationship gone wrong and how both parties pretend like the other isn’t there except she knows. 4.5/5

12. Put Me Down– The last track on the album which is very haunting especially with Dolores’s breathy vocals. If you guessed it, I think it’s another track about a relationship that is just no good. 5/5

My Final Thoughts– Dolores is an incredible vocalist that I feel is extremely underrated and deserved more than what she had. One thing is for certain and that is her fans know how incredible she is. Check out the album for yourselves, I am going to give the album 4.6 stars out of five for a final grade.

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