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The Cranberries’ Irish Stew

One of the great things about Irish music is its ability to incorporate other types of music without losing its essential character. Other genres do this, of course, but the Irish do it particularly well. The Cranberries are a great example. Wikipedia says that the band mix several forms:

The Cranberries are an Irish rock band who formed in Limerick in 1990. The band consists of vocalist Dolores O’Riordan, guitarist Noel Hogan, bassist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler. Although widely associated with alternative rock, the band’s sound also incorporates indie pop, post-punk, Irish folk and pop rock elements.[1]

The Cranberries rose to international fame in the 1990s with their debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, which became a commercial success. The group was one of the most successful rock acts of the ’90s and sold over 40 million albums worldwide. The band has achieved four top 20 albums on the Billboard 200 chart (Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?; No Need to Argue; To the Faithful Departed and Bury the Hatchet)[2] and eight top 20 singles on the Modern Rock Tracks chart (“Linger”, “Dreams”, “Zombie”, “Ode to My Family”, “Ridiculous Thoughts”, “Salvation”, “Free to Decide” and “Promises”).[2] (Continue Reading…)

Here is a list of The Cranberries’ greatest hits from Last.fm. The band released its last record in 2012. I didn’t have room to embed it, but check out both the music and images in “Ode To My Family.”

Above is “Animal Instinct” and below is “Salvation.”

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