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The Cranberries

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Limerick, Ireland (1989 – 2003, 2009 – present)

The Cranberries is an band from Limerick, Ireland that formed in 1989 and rose to mainstream popularity in the early 1990’s. The band consists of Dolores O’Riordan (vocals, keyboards, guitars), Noel Hogan (guitars, vocals, also a member of Mono Band), Mike Hogan (bass, vocals), and Fergal Lawler (drums, percussion, also a member of The Low Network). The band went on hiatus in 2003 and reunited in the summer of 2009.

Combining the melodic jangle of post-The Smiths indie pop with the lilting, trance-inducing sonic textures of late-80s and adding a slight Celtic tint, The Cranberries became one of the more successful groups to emerge from the indie scene of the early 90s. Led by vocalist Dolores O’Riordan, whose keening, powerful voice is the most distinctive element of the group’s sound, the group initially made little impact in the United Kingdom.

It wasn’t until the lush ballad “Linger” became an American hit in 1993 that the band also achieved mass success in the U.K. Following the success of “Linger”, The Cranberries quickly became international stars, as both their 1993 debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, and its 1994 follow-up, No Need to Argue, sold millions of copies and produced a string of hit singles like “Dreams”, “Zombie” and “Ode to My Family”.

By the time of their third album, 1996’s To the Faithful Departed, the group had added distorted guitars to its sonic palette and attempted to make more socially significant music, which resulted in a downturn in the band’s commercial fortunes.

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