On their first (and best) album, the earnest, Celtic-tinged shimmer of The Cranberries struck the ear as almost trance music, powered by Dolores O’Riordan’s Enya-gone-pop vocals.
You could get lost in the strum of Linger, the gently pulsing highlight of Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? The entire album flowed like a musical alpha wave, from guitarist Noel Hogan’s arpeggios to O’Riordan’s quavering vocals – especially the breathy falsetto in her voice.
The debut LP proved hard to top, as the follow-up (No Need To Argue) was a mannered photocopy and the third album (To The Faithful Departed) strident and shrill.
On Bury The Hatchet, though, The Cranberries got back to where they once belonged: gorgeous gauzily textured pop with lingering undercurrents of melancholy.
Dolores O’Riordan passed away on 15 January 2018. She was found submerged in the bath in her room at London’s Park Lane Hilton hotel. An inquest ruled that she had accidentally died by drowning due to alcohol intoxication. She was 46.