Wake Up and Smell the Coffee

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Barnes & Noble - Bill Crandall
It's been two years since the Cranberries' last album, and seven years since their last really good album. After 1996's frightfully earnest and bombastic To the Faithful Departed and 1999's downright lackadaisical Bury the Hatchet, 2001's appropriately named Wake Up and Smell the Coffee marks the Irish rockers' triumphant return to form. The disc also finds the band back in the capable hands of producer and Britpop whiz Stephen Street the Smiths, Blur, Lloyd Cole, who oversaw the Cranberries' first two hit records, 1993's Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? and 1994's No Need to Argue. On Wake Up, singer Dolores O'Riordan, who recently gave birth to her second...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Bill Crandall
It's been two years since the Cranberries' last album, and seven years since their last really good album. After 1996's frightfully earnest and bombastic To the Faithful Departed and 1999's downright lackadaisical Bury the Hatchet, 2001's appropriately named Wake Up and Smell the Coffee marks the Irish rockers' triumphant return to form. The disc also finds the band back in the capable hands of producer and Britpop whiz Stephen Street the Smiths, Blur, Lloyd Cole, who oversaw the Cranberries' first two hit records, 1993's Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? and 1994's No Need to Argue. On Wake Up, singer Dolores O'Riordan, who recently gave birth to her second child, sounds reborn herself, shifting seamlessly from gentle coos to emotive wails on undeniably radio-ready ditties like "Never Grow Old," the title track, and "This Is the Day." Propelled by Noel Hogan's biting guitar sound -- reminiscent of Street's old crony Johnny Marr -- "This Is the Day" is easily the band's most powerful rocker since the hypnotic "Zombie." Other standouts include the piano-driven lullaby "Chocolate Brown" and the grim toe-tapper "Time Is Ticking Out," in which O'Riordan manages to make lyrics like "What about Chernobyl?" sound pretty. Tastes may have changed since the Cranberries first became the pop/alternative flavor of choice, but Wake Up proves they haven't lost their knack for making music that matters.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
The second half of the '90s was difficult for the Cranberries, not just because of changing fashions, but because the group embraced both a social consciousness and a prog rock infatuation, crystallized by the Storm Thorgerson cover of Bury the Hatchet. Thorgerson has been retained for their fifth effort, Wake Up and Smell the Coffee, but the group has hardly pursued the indulgent tendencies of their previous collaboration with him -- instead, they've re-teamed with producer Stephen Street and come up with an album that's as reminiscent of their debut as anything they've done since. So, even if it's wrapped in new clothing, this is essentially a return to basics, and it's a welcome one, since it's melodic, stately, and somber -- perhaps not with the post-Sundays grace of "Linger," but with a dogged sense of decorum that keeps not just the group's musical excesses in check, but also O'Riordan's political polemics although she still sneaks in cringe-inducing lines like "Looks like we've screwed up the ozone layer/I wonder if the politicians care". This doesn't really result in a record that will restore the Cranberries to the status they enjoyed in the early '90s -- after all, there's nothing as undeniable as "Linger," "Dreams," or even "Zombie" -- but it's a solid effort that feels like the true follow-up to To the Faithful Departed, which is notable in its own way.
Blender - John Aizlewood
Wake Up & Smell the Coffee is the set of inspired anthems they needed to deliver in ’96.

Wake Up & Smell the Coffee is the set of inspired anthems they needed to deliver in ’96.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/23/2001
  • Label: Mca Mod Afw
  • UPC: 008811273927
  • Catalog Number: 112739
  • Sales rank: 14,356

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Never Grow Old (2:35)
  2. 2 Analyse (4:10)
  3. 3 Time Is Ticking Out (2:59)
  4. 4 Dying Inside (3:10)
  5. 5 This Is the Day (4:15)
  6. 6 The Concept (3:03)
  7. 7 Wake Up and Smell the Coffee (5:15)
  8. 8 Pretty Eyes (3:48)
  9. 9 I Really Hope (3:42)
  10. 10 Every Morning (2:24)
  11. 11 Do You Know (3:09)
  12. 12 Carry On - Dolores O'Riordan (2:21)
  13. 13 Chocolate Brown (3:32)
  14. 14 Cape Town (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Cranberries Primary Artist
Dolores O'Riordan Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals
Mike Hogan Bass
Noel Hogan Guitar
Fergal Lawler Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
George Marino Mastering
Stephen Street Producer
Cenzo Townshend Engineer
Storm Thorgerson Cover Design
Peter Curzon Cover Design
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    incredible

    I almost forgot about the cranberries until finding an old cd( everybody....). So good to see that they re still around and still making incredible music. luv the cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    WOW WOU!!!!

    Totally awsome! The Cranberries rock. There music is so original and their sound is so uncomparable. They are the best. CRANBERRIES FOR_EVA!!!!=-)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Almost back on track

    I am a huge Cranberries fan, and I thought this album was a marked improvement over the weak effort they gave with Bury the Hatchet, but I must admit this album still lacks the overall enjoyment quality of Everybody..., No Need to Argue, and To the Faithful Departed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    JUST LOVE IT!!!

    Gorgeous voice as ever! I think this is the second best since the first album. You will love it. Favorite songs, Analyse, never grow old, dying inside.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    This isn't your 1990's Cranberries album

    ''Wake Up and Smell the Coffee'', the Cranberries new release, has a drastic difference to other Cranberries albums that, I am sure, long time fans of the Cranberries will enjoy. No longer the self-doubtful, angst-ridden band they once were, these songs tell the listener to appreciate life and what you have. In these times, songs like ''The Concept'' and ''Every Morning'' will help people through the day. And, of course, they still have a rockin sound! This is might not be the type of album for the die hard grungy-type Cranberries album (ala ''To The Faithful Departed''), To that I say, and to unleash a cliche, wake up and smell the coffee. This album is wonderful, and it is a disc that will remain on my playlist for some time to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREATEST ALBUM. . .PERIOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS ALBUM HAS EVERYTHING ANYBODY WOULD WANT!!!! TODAYS HIT MUSIC LOVERS (TEENY BOP s***) would definetely go for THE CONCEPT. ALTERNATIVE LOVERS, the title track. METAL LOVERS This is the day THIS IS THE MOST PLENTIFUL ALBUM I'VE SEEN, AND I LIKE ALL THE SONGS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An excellent new album

    This is a very cool new album, hope you hear it... what to say about the Cranberries, they are great!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I have woken up !

    A very awesome mix of string, voice, and O'Ridians style. Truly captures the essence of the band.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The pure return of the Berries

    Wake Up and Smell the Coffee is made to everyone: Those who are living their best moment enjoy listening to it and it makes their lives more optimistic than what they are. Those who are not living their best moment enjoy listening to it and help them to live in a more optimistic way. Wake Up and Smell the Coffee is pure, neutral, white, strong, optimistic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fresh Cranberries!..... Come and Get 'Em!

    All in all I have to say that WAKE UP AND SMELL THE COFFEE is a unique, hype sturring success. On this album, The Cranberries blend their original sound with new, fresh, more ear-pleasing instruments and sounds. As I mentioned earlier, the album is very fresh and up-to-date, but yet The Cranberries can still manage their original sound. Certain songs speak of world issues or opinions or certain matters of concern. As of in ''Time Is Ticking Out'', Delores addresses such things as the o-zone layer and also the issue of how we should be careful of the things we say to each other. To sum in up in a nut shell, I think the album is definately worth buying. It's different, yet very enjoyable and satisfying. Truly, Bonnie Wheeler Orlando, FL

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They never grow old

    With their fifth album The Cranberries have proved that they haven't lost their unique and inimitable sonority inspite of some prognoses about creative crisis. Between deep emotional and gentle slow flowing melodies there still are vigorous and swift pieces such as ''This is the day'' or ''I really hope''. Dolores voice is, I guess, one of the last natural and beautiful one in music now, and such is actually all their music. But it wouldn't be The Cranberries, if they wouldn't sing about the world around us like in ''Time is ticking out'', where ticks of the clock make such a strange feeling. This album with it's main idea - taste every minute of your life - doesn't drop behind their foregoing works. I love them and I admire them for capability to make such a great music for already ten years!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this CD!!!

    What can we say we have a band that is wonderfully close and magical. When you listen to them it's like you are sitting in a garden smelling the wonderful fresh flowers and feeling the magic of God all around. Dolores is like a magical angel that touches your heart and soul. She gets her point to you with out aggression but with love. This is one band that I wasn't introduced to by friends but by myself and honestly not even from the radio. I heard of them and went and bought their first cd and fell in love with the band from the first second of hearing the first song. Now I am one to try to get everyone else into them. When they came to Cleveland for The Faithful Departed Tour I had my cousin take me and now he absolutely loves them. This is one album not to pass by!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wake up and Smell The Cranberries

    This album sounds very much like the Cranberries, and that's important, because they are the only band I have ever heard that has that style. Plus, the words of the Cranberries are very original, and it's good that they have stayed original and well thought of even to this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They're back

    This may not be the hardest one, this album may not be the most worried about the political situation in world, but it's one of the best albums that have landed in my hands, this is a return of the cranberries, the real ones, those with no fear to mix styles, and do what they want to do, and say what they want to say; and what they say in this record is that there's a lot of thing to worry about but we must stop from time to time to look what is left of the good things in this sea of horrible things; and they say this showing us a bunch of things to be happy for, in the form of 13 songs that mix some styles with the already known sounds of the band of Limerick. They are back and their last album is a cup of coffee that we have to smell before we go out to the ugly world, to remember that there are good things between the bad things, that are a lot of, in the planet

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wake Up Your Emotions!

    Why would a band name their latest CD release, ''Wake Up and Smell the Coffee''? The title alone could possibly cause some to raise a questioning eyebrow, however, the vast majority who have listened to the new tracks will certainly agree, the title is very fitting. Every song, from the comforting, delicate mood of ''Carry On'', to the lighthearted jolliness of ''Analyse'', has a set of emotions to invoke and affect. Many of the songs, though very unique, deliver the basic messege of the title, to ''wake up'' and look around you, be happy with what you have, and don't worry about the future when you have the present right in front of you. Though some titles, such as ''Chocolate Brown'' or ''Dying Inside'' have the tendency to remind all of it's readers of one time or other in their lives when they have had similar emotions and events stir up. ''Wake Up and Smell the Coffee'' possesses what The Cranberries have always delivered throughout their past releases; the ability to cause each and every one of it's listeners to have their own personal connections with different songs. This can be a difficult feat to accomplish for so many, but with The Cranberries, as this new CD will prove, it is only second instinct for them now!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Amazing!!!

    My expectations for the new Cranberries album, were high, to say the least. Usually when expectations are that high, one ends up being disappointed with the final result. When I popped ''Wake Up And Smell The Coffee'' into my cd player and listened to it for the first time, all of my prior expectations were blown out of the water, it was 100 times better then I could ever hope for! The music haunts me, I find myself humming the tunes that I can't get out of my head. From the absolute beauty of songs like ''Never Grow Old'', ''Chocolate Brown'', and ''Dying Inside'', in which Dolores sings: ''The lady loved her gold, the lady lost her soul.'', It's lyrics like that that give me chills down my spine. Of course the true rocker in me has worn out tracks like ''I Really Hope'', ''Wake Up And Smell The Coffee'', and ''This Is The Day'', the song that in my opinion has surpassed the previously untouchable ''Zombie'' as the best rock song ever! All in all, this album is a must have! I only hope that The Cranberries will be making music for many years to come. --Richard Ortiz

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Smell the Coffee!

    Heeelo there!! Well what can I say about WUASTC??? It's fantastic! The Cranberries simpley get better as time goes on. The band plays their music so well you are able to hear the different sounds and beats but it all blends in wonderfully together. Dolores sound like an angel on this CD. If you want to listen to great music but this album you won't be disapointed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Cranberries do it again- Wake up & go get it

    The cranberries have done it again, ''Wake up & smell the Coffee'' is a great CD. This cd is an example of making current music with having that touch of old irish music's charm. It has a familiar quality without giving you the feeling that it's something that's already been done. Maybe you call it the cranberries sound, I call it great music by an amazing band. Another item to point out is this ISN'T one of those cd's with 1 or 2 good songs & lots of filler... every song is good of course I like a few songs better than others. I'm sure there are many of you that have heard their first single ''Analyse'' which is a powerfully catchy song that plants itself nicely on this cd. If you like that song then you will like this CD. If you like anything the cranberries have done you will love this cd. Obviously this gets my vote for one of this years BEST cd's.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    dreams......they might come true!

    have you ever listened to an album and then got stuck with a words in your mind??!! the word is hope..... in this album. the cranberries bring us hope and the capacity to enjoy the simplest things in life!! You can materialise your own dreams through dolores' voice and through the music...people may well learn that there's an imaginary window that allows them to look inside other people..... and it can't ever be closed.. we only close it in our minds......wake up and smell the coffee is one of those windows......where you can stop and think for a minute about you, life and others!!..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I love this cd!!!

    This cd is truly great. Another excellent album by The Cranberries. A definate must have for any music lover!

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