’90s Comebacks: Which Ones Are Going To Work?


The Cranberries

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.

  • PancakeMcKennz

    Dude, I was just watching Power Rangers today.

  • Confusion

    I was just playing with pogs and asking around about if slap bracelets have really slit peoples wrists.

  • http://darthwookius.tumblr.com/ Badgerboy

    Mild inaccuracy I feel I need to point out. The Offspring never really quit making music. Their last album actually received quite a bit of acclaim though it came out a few years ago. Sure they’re not going to be the same teen anthem band they once were, but I’d be inclined to think they don’t really mind.

  • gk

    should do one about all the rap/rnb artists trying to make comebacks. omarion (or maybach O as he calls himself), mase, busta rhymes…k nvm there’s not enough for an entire article

  • Sean Y

    You missed out on S Club 7…. I was expecting a 0/100. What gives? :P

  • Brian

    How the hell did Snow get left off of this list?

  • Confusion

    To be honest I don’t know what S Club 7 is. Just Googled it. Still don’t know. Ex-Spice Girls with a TV show? Was not ever aware of that.

  • Confusion

    Is Snow coming back!? The probability of a Snow comeback is working out is 100%.

  • http://pigeonsandplanes.com/ Monster

    Snow is forming a super group with the remaining member of Milli Vanilli, Bob Dylan and Teck from Real World Hawaii. Should be amazing.

  • Kristin

    I wasn’t aware The Offspring ever left… much less needed a comeback.

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