New Album: Roses
Release Date: February 27, 2012
Label: Downtown Records (US), Cooking Vinyl (Worldwide)
Comeback Potential: 50/100
No conversation about 90’s music would be complete without discussing The Cranberries, or the Cranberry Saw Us, as the band was called originally. With painfully catchy tunes like “Zombie” and “Linger,” they truly are the quintessential band of that decade, and a logical place for us to begin our exploration of this recent wave of comebacks by bands from the 1990’s.
On February 27th The Cranberries released Roses, their sixth studio album and first as a group since 2001. The gap in collective activity allowed for three of the band’s four members to pursue solo careers, but despite their individual successes the decision was made to join forces yet again to try and spark some of that old magic that has helped them sell 15 million+ albums in the US alone since the release of their debut Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? in 1993. While many were pleased to see the band reunite after such a lengthy hiatus, initial critic and fan response to the new material was less than enthusiastic. The main complaint being how safe and consistent the “new” sound was, as if sticking to a successful script were some sort of criminal act.
While The Cranberries failed to take Roses in any real unique or creative direction, they did stay true to the sound that made them one of the most successful rock bands of the 90’s. If it worked well twenty years ago, it should work well today. Right? Maybe.