The Cranberries “No Need To Argue”
Author: ERIN HAWKINS
Some things are so catchy and compelling that you have to swallow your
pride and shed the heavy coat of Rotate This ethics that keeps telling
you: “If it ain’t on Touch And Go, don’t buy it.”
Sure, it clashed with the Jesus Lizard part of your brain, but you
liked “Linger.” You didn’t enjoy liking it, but you found yourself
humming it as you weaved through the downtown traffic on your
customized mountain bike. It’s true — admit it. You like that new
Sheryl Crow song too, but we won’t get into that.
Last year’s Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? was a sweet
little album, full of sweet little love songs. Though the disc wasn’t
vacuum-sealed by critical acclaim, their wispy tunes conquered the
college charts, and the rest of the continent willingly followed. But
who could blame them? Dolores’ voice is just so beautiful.
A mere year later, The Cranberries are back with the striking
follow-up, No Need To Argue. They’ve kept the couch motif to their
artwork, but that’s about the only constant. This time around, the
songs and production are much crisper and cleaner — and Dolores is
writing less ephemeral tunes about her boyfriends and more about the
human condition and strife in their native Ireland.
The sentiment behind the first single, “Zombie” — a buzzing
five-minute condemnation of IRA terrorism — is positively chilling:
“Another head hangs lowly/ Child is slowly taken,” she sings. “And the
violence caused such silence/ Who are we mistaken.” This is the most
captivating pop song I’ve heard all year.
There’s still the odd angelic bittersweet melody for the ethereal set
latched onto Everybody Else…. It’s not like they’ve gone New Model
Army or anything. But when I’m given the choice between pixie dust and
the bleak, rugged landscape, I’ll take their sparse “Yeats Grave,” a
well-worn novel and a dark pint of lager — and drink the fairy kingdom
The Cranberries, the new sensation
Source: Magazine “Amiga”, 1994
Translated from Portuguese by Cranspektrum
“No Need To Argue” is the second work of a band with undiscussable talent. This new work from The Cranberries show a bit of the crop of the worldwide pop, that don’t have nothing what stay owing to the old kings of the pop music. Packed by Dolores O’Riordan and her unconfoundable vocal timbre, the group waste quality. “No Need To Argue” has notable songs, with packed lyrics, all of them very well arranged as though can to confirm in ‘‘Ode To My Family’, ‘Dreaming My Dreams’, ‘Empty’, ‘Twenty One’, ‘Zombie’ and ‘Daffodil Lament’.
No Need to Argue Review
After the success of their first work “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?”, the second album of The Cranberries, “No Need To Argue”, offers to us more of the fantastic Cranberries pop. Until the peaks of the atmospheric, captivating, and unquiet voice which made the band international stars, “No Need to Argue” continues with the Cranberries traditional emotive orchestral pop. The soft acoustic arrangements of Dolores O’Riordan, the ethereal lyrics, and the amazing sound used in the songs, make The Cranberries one of the best quality bands. But the O’Riordan obsession to describe the Irish life destructed by the war, make them being far from the other artists from the same time. In the exciting “Ode To my Family”, O’Riordan asks repeatedly “Does Anyone Care?”, and the effect results devastating. “Ode to My Family” is an instant picture of kids playing in the wreckage in Belfast, and “No Need to Argue” is the background.
The Cranberries: No Need To Argue (Island 1994)
This is one of the most essential albums of the 90’s, and maybe one of the albums that I used to listen more (in cassette). Today, with more opinion, I can say that is a perfect album, because of that balance between the slow songs (Ode To My Family, Twenty One, No Need To Argue), and those rocker ones (Zombie, hard as the aspect it’s about, and Ridiculous Thoughts), the rest of their discography has very good songs also, that weren’t unnoticed, although they weren’t very popular as the singles from this album.
Maybe it was in the stop between the third and the fourth album (1996 – 1999), when they followed the Pop way (with songs like “Animal Instinct), and years later, they finally diluted until the band’s separation moment.
For me is one of those bands (for example like No Doubt) that with their most successful album and the final greatest hits collection, you can make a great view about what they have done, and you can enjoy the best in music.
What I like from the album No Need To Argue, is the way how Dolores sing, that sometimes reminds me of Sinead O’connor, the moments with more guitars, and the simple production, with a few arrangements (some chords, in Empty for example). A clear and a direct Pop-Rock.
And what can I say about the cover? I just love it, and they didn’t make another good one, except for the Wake Up And Smell The Coffee cover, but in this case, is a completely different style.
The Cranberries: No Need To Argue
With their last surprising success, Cranberries decided to create a second part, with no risking to make excessive changes, a fact that made them more successful.
The album repeats the ideas from the first album, because they resorted again to Stephen Street’s help. The song that opens the album is one of the best songs written by Dolores O’Riordan, with charming chords arrangements made by the guitarist.
“No Need…”is better in the parts when Cranberries works on structures that they dominate, getting nice songs like: “Twenty One”, the howl song “Daffodil Lament”, the epic one “Zombie”, and the provocative “Disappointment”.
The Cranberries: The vocal quivers of a diva named Dolores
Dolores O’Riordan has made people love her or hate her in front of a group that has found success involuntarily, because of a song like “Zombie”.
When something like that happens, it means that the band has surpassed the popular aspect, to have a place in the honors division.
Now everybody knows the story of this Irish band that went to United States with Suede, and that with the album “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?” sold more copies than the expected at first.
Sometimes the art born from the suffering, but to avoid the opposite, Dolores O’Riordan had to despise success, catching her guitar in the first place she found, while the audience clapped their hands. That’s the way she created the songs from the second album “No Need To Argue”.
Live Spirit: “This album is more real than the last one, I don’t know if is in her face, like Michael Stipe could say, but it’s nearest from live concerts than the other one”.
The tour is the fact that inspire a band to go home to rest or record. Cranberries are out from the hometown since one year ago.