Earlier in the month I posted something silly regarding the album cover for the up and coming Cranberries album, Roses, the first in over a decade. Yesterday the first song/video from that release, Tomorrow, was unleashed on the internet and I finally got a chance to give it a few plays today.
Right off the bat this is a Cranberries song, and I mean that in the best sense, because it’s peppy and jangly and Dolores O is “hoo-hooing” as clearly and sweetly as she ever did 15+ years ago. And, like most Cranberries songs, there’s a message here, but instead of it being an angry, preachy diatribe, it’s a positive, uplifting thought about living in the now, that fits along perfectly with the music.
Also, from a musician’s standpoint, it’s refreshing to hear actual chord changes in a Cranberries song, not them just bashing through the same 3-4 while the lovely Ms. O makes the changes vocally. And sure, that sold ‘em millions, but it got a bit tedious there towards the tail end of their latter output.
So, at the end of it all, this is a nice return, and a clean one, because (as I’ve said SO many times before) it seems as if Tomorrow was fun to make and that the band is truly enjoying the experience, and not getting bogged down in “what we’re all about.” What it’s all about is good music, and while Tomorrow doesn’t turn 90s alterno classics like Everybody Else is Doing It… and No Need to Argue on their ear, it certainly proves that Dolores and the boys still have some enjoyable magic at their disposal.
I look forward to the release of Roses, reteamed with the legendary Stephen Street, next month.