Roses, released in March, is the first studio album from Irish pop-folk band the Cranberries in more than a decade. The original quartet reunited for a 2010 tour after spending most of the '00s working on other projects, then returned to the studio with Stephen Street (who produced the group's signature albums), and re-emerged with the classic Cranberries sound largely intact. Dolores O'Riordan's linchpin vocals still prove to be a wonder of keening intoxication and whispery intensity while Noel and Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler surround her with a finely wrought ring of Celtic textures and lilting, infectious melodies. The band gets most aggressive on "Schizophrenic Playboy," O'Riordan's voice as penetrating as a laser as she dissects a predatory relationship. Her musings on romance aren't particularly profound, but she sings the lyrics with such conviction that, when combined with the band's subtle power, the songs echo with unbridled spirit. 18+. (Photo by Jess Baumung)
Thu., May 17, 7 p.m., 2012
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