Album review: Roses

May 27, 2012, 08:36 IST | Saaniya Zaveri

The Cranberries, an Irish quartet, released their latest album Roses, after a six-year hiatus earlier this year.

For those of you who find the name familiar, some of their most famous songs of the ’90s were Linger, Dreams and the infamous protest song Zombie. And for those of you who are Cranberries fans, you will not be disappointed with their new release.

Roses picks up from where the band left off a decade ago. It carries on their discography as if they had never taken a break. Dolores O’Riordan’s voice has retained its understated poise over the years and the sweet melodious vocals are accompanied by clear instrumentation.While they have managed to retain their signature sound, the songs in this album show greater maturity in terms of the lyrics. Conduct, the first track, is an example of this as it builds an argument to save a relationship over the course of the song. It also proved to be a great starter for the album.

The title track, however, takes the cake. It is a song based on a rejected lover who doesn’t know how she will go on with her life. O’Riordan’s fabulous vocals shift from heavy and powerful to soft and husky flawlessly, making Roses a delight to listen to. Losing My Mind, a song whose instrumentals move from delicate to dramatic and almost cinematic is another strong track in the album.

Schizophrenic Playboys, on the other hand, is the definite dunce of the class. While it is arguably catchy and will most definitely stand out in an album of eleven tracks, it still remains a bad combination of decent instrumentals and random lyrics like “Girls, you better watch out/ Schizophrenic playboys/ Cannot have your bed toys, lararara.”

All in all, the album doesn’t disappoint. If you’ve liked them before, you’ll like them now. If, however, you’re a Cranberries virgin, your take on the album might differ. There are, as usual, some sure-shot crowd pleasers but the rest of the album, while decidedly mellow and pleasing, can very easily be forgotten after you listen to it the first time. 

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