New album by The Cranberries a ‘fitting way’ to commemorate Dolores O'Riordan

Alan Owens

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Alan Owens

The Cranberries - Mike and Noel Hogan and Fergal Lawler - are to release their final album

The Cranberries - Mike and Noel Hogan and Fergal Lawler - are to release their final album

NOEL Hogan of The Cranberries has said the band’s final album “had to be one of the, if not the, best Cranberries album that we could possibly do” following the death of frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan.

The band have shared first single All Over Now from final album In The End this Tuesday, the first anniversary of the Limerick woman’s sudden death. The song is streaming now on various platforms.

A poignant track bursting with classic Cranberries’ pop sensibilities, the single opens with the prophetic line: “Do you remember the night at a hotel in London...”.

The Ballybricken native was found dead in her bedroom at the London Hilton on Park Lane on January 15 last year. She died suddenly by drowning due to alcohol intoxication, an inquest later heard.

With Stephen Street once again taking producer duties, the eleven-track In The End returns to the feel and sound of the band’s first two albums and brings a remarkable career to a fitting and powerful closure. 

While it is tinged with sadness following Dolores’ unexpected death, The Cranberries say the album is “not a valediction, it is a celebration”, and one that stands as a “powerful testimony to the life and creative work of Dolores and her brothers in music Noel, Mike and Fergal”.

“Dolores was so energized by the prospect of making this record and to getting back out on the road to play the songs live,” recalls Noel.

In coming to terms with her tragic passing Noel, Mike and Fergal listened to the songs that were recorded in the latter half of 2017 and, with the support of Dolores’ family, decided they wanted to honour their close friend and collaborator by completing the album.

“We knew this had to be one of the, if not the, best Cranberries album that we could possibly do,” Hogan explained.

“The worry was that we would destroy the legacy of the band by making an album that wasn’t up to standard. Once we had gone through all the demos that Dolores and I had worked on and decided that we had such a strong album we knew it would be the right thing and the best way that we could honour Dolores.”

The band and Stephen Street spent four weeks in a London studio building the sounds around her vocals from the original demos. 

“It was a bitter sweet time. The joy of recording new tracks is always exciting and one of the best parts of being in a band. At the end of every day when we’d laid down our parts there was a sense of sadness, knowing that Dolores wouldn’t be in that evening to work on that day’s track,” remembers Noel.

The album is a strong goodbye from the band to their fans, a fitting tribute to their bandmate and friend and, most importantly, a collection of powerful songs that can take their rightful place among The Cranberries’ seven other studio albums.

Eileen O’Riordan, Dolores’ mother, said: “I can’t think of a more fitting way to commemorate the first anniversary of Dolores’ passing and to celebrate her life than to announce to the world the release of her final album with the band.” 

“I miss her awfully, specially today, as does the entire family. That said I can’t think of a more fitting way to commemorate the first anniversary of her passing and to celebrate her life than to announce to the world the release of her final album with the band. She was very excited about this new album and was really looking forward to its release.

“I have no doubt that she is happy now and would be delighted with today’s announcement.”

In The End will be released on April 26.