Are You Listening?by Dolores O'Riordan
It's been a long period of quiet for Dolores O'Riordan, the lead singer of the Cranberries. Her band quietly disbanded after the 2001 release of Wake Up and Smell the Coffee and although she didn't disappear, O'Riordan surely wasn't overly active, popping up on music by Angelo Badalamenti and Zucchero but primarily devoting herself to family affairs before she set out to record her solo debut with producer Youth in 2006. Released the following year, Are You Listening sidesteps the turgid proggy inclinations of latter-day Cranberries albums while also avoiding the awkward attempts at hard rock that plagued some of the band's mid-period albums. So, it returns O'Riordan to her strengths: melodic, atmospheric, mildly brooding pop. But Are You Listening isn't exactly a dead ringer for Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? Youth gives this album drama, grandeur, and muscle, so it sounds positively cinematic where early Cranberries was quiet and insular. Of course, this sense of scale is only appropriate for the modern-day Dolores O'Riordan, who has long been a star but where that sense of confidence could turn indulgent on latter-day Cranberries albums, she's now relatively humble and direct, singing songs about family, faith, and nostalgia that sound relatable to fans who have grown up with her and are also facing similar issues. And that's why Are You Listening is a success as a solo debut: it doesn't resurrect O'Riordan's earliest work as much as reconnect with it, and she hasn't sounded this purposeful, or made a record this satisfying, since the days of "Linger."
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- Sanctuary Records
Performance CreditsDolores O'Riordan Primary Artist
Technical CreditsYouth Producer,Audio Production
Richard Bull Art Direction
Richard Chycki Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Clive Goddard Engineer
Dolores O'Riordan Composer,Producer,Audio Production
Stu Young Engineer
Dan Brodbeck Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Matt Vaughan Producer,Audio Production
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This is a beautifully poetic album that highlights O'Riordan's unique melancholic voice yet hearkens her love affair with nostalgia found on her previous albums. Though not extremely unlike her previous work, this album truly indulges in O'Riordan's singing talent, which is beautifully accompanied by soft, melodic tunes. This is a must-have addition to any Cranberries fan's collection or a great introduction to a unique and talented songstress for all music lovers alike.
Dolores O'Riordan is the richest woman in Ireland. And this album is a testimony to why that statement is FACT. This album is beyond amazing. I nearly passed out in excitment when I saw news about the album's release. So I did what I could to hear this album early. And I got my chance. The album, like all her others, is extremely autobiographical. While early on in the album Dolores struggles to find her own identity and seperate herself from her band, The Cranberries, by the end of the album she pulls it off with grace. Overall, another great 2007 release that will be cherished in my collection.