I've been a Cranberries fan since the days of "Everyone else is doing it, so why can't we?" and from then onward.
While the first two efforts were outstanding, I felt that the group began to drift in a different, not bad, just different direction for their follow up to "No Need To Argue" titled "To The Faithful Departed."
While they kept the clever creativity in titles, and phrases, nothing seemed to spark me as much as it did in the past, until the release of their fourth album simply titled "Bury The Hatchet."
At first listen to the beginning strums of the guitar in the light-rock edged "Animal Instinct" till the very last piano key hit on "Dying In The Sun", the album in my personal opinion is an amazing journey, and their best effort to this date. However, they have slowed down some, meaning, you won't find political moving statements such as "Zombie", or the tearful heartwrenching emotion such as in "Dreams", but it is still addicting none-the-less. And who says, those who have moved audinences many times before in the past don't deserve to have a good day every now and then? Delores has been through a lot in her life, and for once, its nice to hear the change in music and hear her sing not only about the bad in her life and for the freedom of her country, but now she also sings about her good days too...and for those who can't accept it and just realize that The Cranberries are all about the music, then I feel sorry for you, you shouldn't be so hard on her, because in all honesty, you don't even have to be a hardcore fan (which I am) to enjoy this album. Its just plain and simple, amazing music with a good message that rocks!
just listen for yourself.