For the Cranberries, assembling a best-of covering the first decade of their career means compiling their singles in chronological order, which turns out to be a foolproof approach for a band that can be uneven over the course of a full-length album but has always managed to express itself well on the two-to-four catchiest cuts. ("Hollywood" and "You & Me" were not singles chosen for release as such by the band, but they were put out in individual territories.) From "Dreams" and the breakthrough hit "Linger" to the sometimes harder-rocking and more political efforts such as "Zombie" and "Free to Decide," and on to more melodic songs later on, the singles (presented here in some cases in single versions or new edits to fit everything in) make a case for the Cranberries as one of the major international rock bands of the '90s. Also included is one album cut, "Daffodil Lament" from No Need to Argue, said to have been an overwhelming fan choice as the one non-single inclusion, and two new songs, "New New York" and "Stars." "New New York," in which lead singer and songwriter Dolores O'Riordan takes on the September 11 terrorist attacks, is a bit heavy-handed, as O'Riordan confesses that the subject is beyond her ("There's nothing to say") before settling for the anthemic statement, "They won't tear us apart." Much better is "Stars," one of the band's more pop-sounding efforts. But the inclusion of the two songs is appropriate, as it shows the Cranberries continuing to pursue two tracks in their music, one a harder-edged, more political side, the other softer and more romantic.
Performance CreditsCranberries Primary Artist
Dolores O'Riordan Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Mike Hogan Bass
Noel Hogan Guitar
Fergal Lawler Percussion,Drums
Technical CreditsCranberries Producer
Bruce Fairbairn Producer
Benedict Tobias Fenner Producer
Stephen Street Producer
Andy Earl Cover Photo
Rupert Truman Collage
Darrell Lance Abbott Collage
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This cd is definately one of my all time favorites. Its one of those rare ones where i truly like every song. Its got catchy tunes, and also some good "revenge songs" for when your feeling moody..! I love it!! Favs: Dreams, Linger, You and Me, Daffodil Lament, Promises
this Cd is neat! if you like the cranberries but don't want to buy all their cd's this is great!
Most artists think they can release a Best Of after just a cuple of albums, but The Cranberries waited until they really had the quality material to release theirs. Songs like Zombie, Linger, Salvation, Promises and This is the Day are just some of the great songs these four irish have given us in the last 10 years. To tell the truth they could made a second Best Of right now just as good as this one.