Combining the melodic jangle of post- Smiths indie guitar pop with the lilting, trance-inducing sonic textures of late-'80s dream pop and adding a slight Celtic tint, the Cranberries became one of the more successful groups to emerge from the pre-Brit-pop indie scene of the early '90s.
Led by vocalist Dolores O'Riordanwhose keening, powerful voice was the most distinctive element of the group's sound, they initially had little impact in the United Kingdom. It wasn't until the lush ballad "Linger" became a worldwide hit in that the band achieved mass success.
By the time of their third album, 's To the Faithful Departedthey had added distorted guitars to their sonic palette and began crafting more socially conscious music. They continued down this path into the 21st century before taking an extended hiatus in to pursue solo efforts. After nearly a decade, the quartet returned with 's Roses and 's Something Else. However, in earlyO'Riordan died from an accidental drowning in London.
Her last vocal recordings were used to construct the Cranberries ' final work, 's Grammy-nominated In the Enda goodbye to O'Riordanfans, and the band itself. Originally, the Cranberries were a band called the Cranberry Saw Us. Following the departure of the group's original singer, Niall QuinnPick A Poison - Various - Veganz Want Beef Volume 1 trio placed an advertisement for a female singer.
Dolores O'Riordan responded to the advertisement and auditioned by writing lyrics and melodies to some of the band's existing demos. When she returned with a rough version of "Linger," the group hired her on the spot. Shortly after she joined, the band recorded a demo tape and sold it in record stores throughout Ireland. After the original run of copies sold out, the group truncated its name to the Cranberries and sent another demo tape, which featured early versions of both "Linger" and "Dreams," to record companies throughout the U.
The tape was made at Xeric Studios, which was run by Pearse Gilmorewho would later become their manager. At the time the tape was made, all of the members were still in their late teens. The demo tape earned the attention of both the U. Eventually, the group signed with Island. The Cranberries headed into the Carry On - The Cranberries - Hi-End Ultra X-Treme with Gilmore as their producer to record their first single, "Uncertain.
Before they were scheduled to record their debut inthe Cranberries discovered that Gilmore had signed a secret deal with Island to improve his studios. The tensions within the band became so great they nearly broke up. Instead, the Cranberries severed all relations with Gilmorehired Geoff Travis of Rough Trade as their new manager, and hired Stephen Streetwho had previously Carry On - The Cranberries - Hi-End Ultra X-Treme with the Smithsas their new producer.
Their strong live shows led MTV to put "Linger" into heavy rotation. By the end of the year, the single was on its way to becoming a crossover hit. Eventually, the single reached number eight on the U.
Everybody Else and "Linger" began to take off in Britain in early ; the album eventually Richelieu - Popitos - DArtacan Y Los Tres Mosqueperros at number one during the summer.
O'Riordan married the band's tour manager, Don Burton, in a much-publicized ceremony in July The marriage, as well as the group's videos, emphasized the singer as the focal point of the band.
O'Riordan 's position in the group continued to rise with the fall release of the group's second album, No Need to لنا الله = Lana Allah - فضل شاكر, صبحي توفيق, بشار درويش - سهرة طرب = Sahrat Tarab. Boasting a slightly harder, more streamlined sound, yet still produced by Stephen Streetthe record debuted at number six on the U.
During the tour for No Need to Arguerumors began to circulate that O'Riordan was going to leave the band to pursue a solo career, all of which the band vehemently denied. Nevertheless, the rumors persisted until the Cranberries began recording their next album with producer Bruce Fairbairnwho had previously worked with Aerosmith. The resulting effort, To the Faithful Departedwas a tougher, more rock-oriented affair. Upon its spring release, it entered the charts at number six, but its first single, "Salvation," failed to become a hit on par with "Zombie," "Linger," or "Ode to My Family.
During the fall ofthe group canceled its Australian and European tours, sparking another round of rumors about O'Riordan launching a solo career.
Inthe group released Bury the Hatchettheir last big chart hit, and quickly followed with 's Wake Up and Smell the Coffee. Shortly after the release of a greatest-hits compilation inStars: The Best ofthe Cranberries officially declared that they were taking a break. This finally gave O'Riordan the time she needed to work on her long-talked-about solo album, Are You Listening? InCarry On - The Cranberries - Hi-End Ultra X-Treme released her second solo album, No Baggage. Around the same time, the Cranberries reunited for a North American tour that continued throughout Europe in Several live albums also appeared in Inthe band began work on a new album in Toronto with longtime producer Street.
Released nearly a Nervous Breakdown (Timothy Allan Vocal Short Edit) - Various - Damn! 30 (Anniversary Edition) after the start of their extended hiatus, the resulting album, Rosesarrived in March A supporting tour followed, recorded for posterity at London's Hammersmith Apollo on Live Inspired by the classical interpretation of the Cranberries sound, she approached the band with an idea to celebrate their silver anniversary.
The result was a full album comprising string quartet renditions of the band's biggest hits. Something Else arrived in the spring offeaturing their ten most successful singles culled from their first four albums, as well as three new songs. The band kicked off a tour in support of the album, but it was cut short due to O'Riordan 's ongoing back problems.
On January 15,O'Riordan died of an accidental drowning at the age of 46 in London. At the time of her death, the Cranberries were in the middle of recording a new effort.
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