Posted on: May 30th, 2018 12:38 pm
The Cranberries are an Irish rock band formed in Limerick in 1989 under the name The Cranberry Saw Us, later changed by vocalist Dolores O’Riordan. The band currently consists of O’Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler.
Although widely associated with alternative rock, the band’s sound also incorporates indie pop, post-punk, Irish folk and pop rock elements.
In some ways, Wake Up And Smell The Coffee is a homecoming. The album was produced in Dublin by Stephen Street (The Smiths, Morrissey, Blur), producer of the band’s first two albums. Says Dolores, “There’s a sense of stability Stephen brings to this band. He used to be so paternal when he first worked with us, and he’d talk to me like I was one of his kids. This time, our relationship is more mutual.” Adds drummer Fergal Lawler, “It was great to be with him again. Stephen really understands us and gets the best from every one of us.” Indeed, the new album radiates a deep contentment the band members feel in their lives today, both personally and professionally. “This is the calmest we’ve ever been,” says Dolores. “We’ve proven ourselves by now, so we’re really relaxed and really enjoyed ourselves in the studio, totally going with the flow.”
There are those that might say The Cranberries themselves have been responsible for some of that magic. Today, after ten years and 33 million albums sold, the band is in their best condition ever, both musically and personally. “We’re really happy as a band and as individuals,” notes Fergal, “and we think this album captured that.” With Wake Up And Smell The Coffee, The Cranberries have attained a new artistic benchmark. Drink up.
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