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on October 6, 2000
This, by far, is my favourite Cranberries album. There is nothing inherently wrong with subsequent releases, and the Cranberries have grown lyrically and musically and explored new sounds in the years since this album was released. However, there was a certain style and charm here that has not been duplicated. O'Riordan's soaring vocals, sometimes floating above all the other music, and sometimes barely whispering; touching and often quite melancholy lyrics (usually lyrics to which any person who has been in love or jilted can relate, which is a part of the charm); and beautiful, even ethereal arrangements of these songs. The Cranberries can be a little bit repetitive, but overall this is an excellent album. The album begins "I don't want to leave you, even though I have to. I don't want to love you, oh, I still do..." about a person asserting herself, trying to find out what she needs for herself. (Obviously describing songs and their meaning is a lot less effective than actually listening to the song itself). The overplay of track two, "Dreams" is a bit sad (I cannot even listen to that track anymore). Otherwise the entire album is lovely and listenable. My particular favourites are "Linger" (which has nearly suffered the overplay of "Dreams"), "Put Me Down", "Not Sorry", and "I Will Always".
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on April 24, 2002
This is perhaps the best Cranberries album that showcases their talent. As wonderful as their later material was, there will always be the magic of 'Everybody's Doing It'. Perhaps the Cranberries' better known songs, 'Linger' and 'Dreams' are on here and are undoubtedly among the group's best ever songs.
There's certainly no mistaking the Irish lilt of lead singer Doloros's vocals, and they work wonderfully here as they can either be bouncy and light or mournful and ethereal. What's most impressive though is that the Cranberries have taken a hint of The Sundays and made a fantastic crossover success with their unmistakeably pop melodies.
Aside from the gorgeous 'Linger', this is mostly a very upbeat album and no the worse for it. Out of the album tracks my favourites are the delightful 'Waltzing Back' and 'Sunday'. The Cranberries are a truly great band, and this is definitely their best album.
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on August 1, 2001
The Cranberries were one of the first bands I was ever interested in. "To The Faithful Departed" was the first CD I ever bought. So in many ways, this is almost nostalgic that I'm reviewing this.
Bottom line: It's the best work the band ever did. This was before they tried lukewarm hard rock a la "Zombie" or "Salvation", before the lyrics tried to be meaningful and wound up trite, before the vocals attempted assertive and became annoying. Here, all the band tried to do was write some moody, mellow alternative pop. They succeeded.
Not the best album ever made, to be sure, but it does work. If you want a souvenir of early-90s alternative pop, this will do nicely. It also lets me relive my early excursions into the world of music.
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on February 28, 2003
This is a finely crafted pop album. Dolores O'Riordan doesn't have quite the power and intensity of Sinnead O'Connor's banshee wail, but she brings her truth to most of the songs hear. The reason I enjoy this album, though, is that "Linger" was playing when I realized that my relationship with a certain special someone was over. "Linger" is currently making the pop play-lists on L.A. radio, and my heart breaks every time I hear it. Any album that can evoke a memory with that intensity just HAS to have something going for it.
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on December 17, 1998
The Cranberries scored big hits with "Dreams" and Linger" - the latter was the bigger hit, but the former is the better record, with the singular exception of the guy who sounds like he's vomiting at the end. "Dreams", "Sunday" "Not Sorry" and "Put Me Down" make this well worth a listen. Congradulations to them for bringing backwards tape back into vogue. The rest of it is decent.
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on November 26, 1998
This CD has a lot of good songs on it, although some of them bored me just a little bit. I bought it because I had "To the Faithful Departed" and while I liked some songs better than others, I don't have to forward tracks when i listen to it. My favorite songs are: Sunday, Linger, and Wanted.
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on March 22, 1999
The unique vocals and imaginative tunes make up this very cool album. I think Dolores O'Riordan's voice goes well with the music here. On their later albums, her yodelling tends to get a bit grating sometimes but here it's just right. This is definitely a good addition to my CD collection.
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on October 10, 1999
Delores O'Riordon has a very beautiful voice! "Dreams" is well worth the cost of the album alone, though her attempts to do a sort of inexplicable pain-induced yodel a couple of times might put off some listeners unfamiliar with her penchant for yodeling.
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on February 15, 2003
A collection of delicate, ethereal tunes that bear repeated listening. Dolores O'Riorden's distinctive vocals give this disc a dreamy, melancholy quality. Radio hits "Dreams" and "Linger" are the standout tunes.
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on March 14, 1999
Dreams is the reason. No regrets. The song goes deep... The sound/state of the album is okay. It's worth buying.
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