Stephen Street talks about “Roses” sessions

December 30, 2011  |  Comments Off on Stephen Street talks about “Roses” sessions  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  The Cranberries

Music producer Stephen Street, who worked on the upcoming “Roses” album with The Cranberries, told some interesting details about last Spring recording sessions in an interview published on the Miloco Studios website.

Last June, the band went into the Miloco studios in London to work on four extra songs for their upcoming “Roses” album, which was mainly recorded at the Metalworks Studio in Toronto, Canada.

“I was very interested to see what they would come up with after such a long break. At first they were a little hesitant with their writing, but bit by bit they started to find their rhythm and suddenly some really good material came through,” told Street.

The music producer also explained how the band and he worked on going back to their pre-stardom sound. “I was very keen to get them back to sounding like they did on their first record, which had a very intimate sound. I think touring the world and playing to huge audiences in big stadia had possibly distorted their writing output a bit. And so rather than being this group where D[o]lores was almost singing out to the world, I wanted them to go back to how it was on the first record which was more inwards looking, and intimate. And I think we’ve achieved that, and I’m really looking forward to that album coming out next year.”

The preview clips posted on the Australian iTunes store last week (also YouTube below)

“Roses” 2012 – Audio preview”

revealed The Cranberries at their best on “Roses”, with a less pop-rock sound. Guitars are toned down, acoustic and strings arrangements seems to be more dominant, and light electronica elements, similiar to what we heard on Noel Hogan’s “Mono Band” project, were added to some Cranberries tracks.

Like on the band’s first two albums, O’Riordan seems to be more in control of her vocals, with a soft and warm voice far from the raging style of “To the Faithful Departed” and some rock songs from “Bury the Hatchet” and “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee”.

It will be interesting to see if the band will try to integrate this softer style in their upcoming World tour.

Stephen Street produced The Cranberries’ first two albums, “Everybody Else is Doing it, So Why Can’t We?” and “No Need to Argue”, as well as their last effort before their hiatus, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee”.

Thanks to Jury for the info about the interview!

Mini Japanese site lauched

December 30, 2011  |  1 Comments  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  The Cranberries

Hostess Entertainment has launched a japanese version of The Cranberries official website. With a new release date on February 22, the japanese edition of Roses is planned to have bonus content. There is no word yet on the title(s) chosen. In other news, “Tomorrow” is now available on the Japanese iTunes store.


The Cranberries in France this June

December 23, 2011  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries in France this June  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries will be headliners of the Aluna Festival in Ruoms, Ardèche (France) next June. The Aluna Festival will take place from June 22 to 24. The 3-day pass costs 75 euro.


“Roses” audio preview online!

December 23, 2011  |  Comments Off on “Roses” audio preview online!  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Australian iTunes store posted today preview audio clips of every track of the limited edition of Roses. Also available on YouTube now:

“Roses” 2012 – Audio preview”

Thanks to Cordell for the info and to Litsa for the Youtube stream!

New Mono Band track title revealed

December 21, 2011  |  Comments Off on New Mono Band track title revealed  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  Mono Band

“Won’t Leave No More” is the title of the new Mono Band track recorded last month with Fin Chambers. Noel Hogan has just finished mixing it yesterday.

Last month, The Cranberries’ guitartist told us that the track will be used on a compilation, with a release early next year.

Source: Noel Hogan’s Twitter (@noelhogan2)

“Roses” release date pushed back

December 19, 2011  |  Comments Off on “Roses” release date pushed back  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  The Cranberries

It looks like Cranberries fans will not get Roses for Valentine’s Day. This week, almost every online music retailers (iTunes, Amazon) has pushed back the release date of The Cranberries upcoming album to February 26-28, depending on the country.

Wednesday, Cooking Vinyl confirmed the new release date (February 27) for Europe on its website.

Thanks to Juan ( for the information.

Sources: iTunes, Amazon,

“Tomorrow” enters chart in the U.S.

December 16, 2011  |  Comments Off on “Tomorrow” enters chart in the U.S.  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  The Cranberries

“Tomorrow” has made its debut on the Billboard Triple-A radio airplay this week at #30.
Here’s what the American magazine had to say about our ‘Berries:

SWEET SUCCESS: An act that scored four top 10s on Alternative Songs in the ’90s makes its first Billboard chart appearance since 2001.

Ireland’s the Cranberries debut on the adult alternative Triple A radio airplay chart at No. 30 with “Tomorrow.” The group had last drawn chart ink when its fifth album, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee,” reached No. 46 on the Nov. 10, 2001, Billboard 200.


Itunes reveals new track “Always”; pre-order ‘Roses’ in selected countries

December 16, 2011  |  Comments Off on Itunes reveals new track “Always”; pre-order ‘Roses’ in selected countries  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  The Cranberries

Music listeners in selected countries can now pre-order their digital version of The Cranberries Roses album on iTunes, with bonus track “Always”.

“Always” was recorded in London last June, along with “Waiting in Walthamstow” and “Losing My Mind”. The Cranberries also recorded 15 tracks in Toronto, amongst them 6 did not made the final cut on the album (“Someday”, “Eyelash”, “Serendipity”, “In It Together”, “Perfect World” and “Stop Me”).

The American Deluxe version plays the nostalgia card and includes live oldies from the 2010 Madrid show (“Linger”, “Zombie”) along with new track “Always”. In other countries, the standard and/or deluxe iTunes versions include a live version of “Dreams”.

Check your iTunes store to see if “Roses” can already be pre-ordered in your country.

Thanks to Juan for coming up with the information about the iTunes pre-order and to PepeTavo for the information about “Dreams”.

Sources: Fanberries, iTunes

The Cranberries to kick off World Tour in New Zealand

December 11, 2011  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries to kick off World Tour in New Zealand  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries will perform in Aukland (New Zealand) on March 15, 2012 at the Trusts Stadium, two days before starting their Australian tour with Lenny Kratvitz.

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, December 14 at .
This will be the only show in New Zealand.


KBCO offers “Ordinary Day” and “Dreams” to fans

December 8, 2011  |  Comments Off on KBCO offers “Ordinary Day” and “Dreams” to fans  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  Dolores O'Riordan

After posting back acoustic versions of “Analyse” and “Linger” on their website last October, the good people from Colorado-based KBCO radio station are now giving the fans a chance to hear back Dolores O’ Riordan’s “Ordinary Day” as well as her solo rendition of “Dreams” in acoustic format.

The performance, which was recorded on the 17th of July 2007 at the KBCO Studio C, was posted back today on the radio station website. O’ Riordan also gives a short interview between the two songs, talking about her time off before she recorded her first solo album, Are You Listening? and her contribution to the Adam Sandler’s movie Click.

Thanks to Cranfandy who brought up the existence of this performance, posted a few years earlier on the KBCO site.


The Cranberries to promote “Roses” in the U.S. in February

December 8, 2011  |  Comments Off on The Cranberries to promote “Roses” in the U.S. in February  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries will be in North America next February to promote the release of their upcoming “Roses” album, according to a message on their Twitter account.

We just had some news about appearing on one of the late night talk shows in the US this coming Feb.” So who is going to welcome back The Cranberries on American national television? Leno, Letterman, Fallon, O’Brien? We’ll have to wait and see.

It is likely that the band will visit other media (TV, radio, press) in the U.S.A. and Canada during this period. All the details will be posted in the “Promo Tour” section when they will be made available.

The European media tour might also be planned for January.

Roses will be released on Feb.13 in Europe and Feb.14 in North America. The World tour will start in March in Australia.

RTÉ 2fm treats Cranfans with ’93 Fanning Session and Mono Band track

December 7, 2011  |  Comments Off on RTÉ 2fm treats Cranfans with ’93 Fanning Session and Mono Band track  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  Mono Band, The Cranberries

Cranfans got quite a treat tonight : RTÉ radio host Dan Hegarty kept his promise made last October and played the entire 1993 Dave Fanning session (and more!) on his Alternative to Sleep show.

During the first hour, listeners had the chance to (re)discover the Fanning session versions of “Wanted” and “The Icicle Melts”. Keeping the rarest for the end, Hegarty then played “Like You Used To” and “False” in the last hour of his show.

The RTÉ radio host also surprised listeners with a RTÉ 2fm session version of “Home” from Noel Hogan’s Mono Band side project. The song was recorded with Richard Walters in 2005.

Thanks to Dan Hegarty and Ian Wilson from RTÉ 2fm!

You can listen to the four 1993 songs on the Fanning Sessions Archive.

The Fanning Sessions Archive site also reveals that there is a project underway at RTÉ to digitise these sessions. “Incidentally there is currently a project underway at RTE to digitise this archive and we await the results with great anticipation.”

Sources: Fanning Sessions Archives, RTÉ 2fm

North America gets “Tomorrow”

December 6, 2011  |  Comments Off on North America gets “Tomorrow”  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  The Cranberries

Fans from the U.S.A. and Canada can now purchase “Tomorrow” online.
The Cranberries single is now available on Amazon (U.S.A) and the Canadian and American iTunes stores.

ITunes Canada indicates that the single is distributed by mysterious label Gold Lake Records, which does not seems to have a website online. So a different record label up North, eh?

“Tomorrow” is also available in most European countries as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

So, don’t “spend a lot of time in your head” and get your digital copy of “Tomorrow” now!

Sources:, iTunes stores

“Tomorrow” out today in Europe

December 5, 2011  |  2 Comments  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries’ single “Tomorrow” is now available digitally in Europe. After the UK and Ireland last month, “Tomorrow” can now be downloaded at digital music retailers of almost every European countries, amongst them Belgium, France, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands. One major exception for now: Germany.

Outside Europe, the single is also available in Australia and New Zealand.

“Tomorrow” will be available on December 6 in the U.S. and (most propably) in Canada.

Sources:, iTunes stores

Japan will have the first “Roses”

December 2, 2011  |  Comments Off on Japan will have the first “Roses”  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  The Cranberries

It looks like Japanese fans will be the first to get their copy of The Cranberries upcoming album. According to Hostess Entertainment, which will distribute “Roses” in Japan, the album will be out in stores on February 8, 2012.

Here is a recap of the different release dates:
Japan – Feb. 8, 2012
Australia – Feb. 10, 2012
Europe – Feb. 13, 2012
USA and Canada – Feb. 14, 2012

At the moment, there is no word on the Japanese tracklist. Japanese albums sometimes include bonus tracks not available on international releases.

Thanks to chico from the community for the info about the date.

Sources:, amazon sites

Take 2: 1993 Fanning session to air on December 7th

December 2, 2011  |  3 Comments  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  The Cranberries

After airing the 1991 Dave Fanning session last October, RTÉ radio host Dan Hegarty does it again and brings back from the vault another fan favorite, the other Fanning session, which could include rare tracks “Like You Used To” to and “False”.

By popular demand (or perhaps gentle persuasion) Dan brings you The Cranberries Fanning Session from 1993“, says the description on Hegarty’s RTÉ blog. Back in October, a confusion on Dan’s blog about the 1991 and 1993 sessions caused quite a commotion in the fan community, who initially thought that they would get a chance to listen to the 1993 session for the first time in 18 years. Hegarty then saved the day by telling the fans he would do his best to find the 1993 session and broadcast it in a near future.

During an interview with Dave Fanning few days before the original 1993 broadcast, singer Dolores O’Riordan and drummer Fergal Lawler explained that they were recording a new version of “Wanted” for that session, plus three new songs. It is likely that those songs are “False”, “Like You Used To” and “The Icicle Melts”. The latter was recorded again a year after for the band’s second album “No Need to Argue”, while the first two were never commercially released.

Be sure to tune in to Dan Hegarty’s show on RTÉ 2fm (not Dave Fanning’s show), next Wednesday night (December 7th) at 11 p.m. (Ireland time).

In the meantime, you can listen to the complete 1991 session on the Fanning Sessions Archive website.

Thanks again to Dan Hegarty! Cheers!!
And thanks to Jury for coming up with this breaking news.


Indie band guitarist “fantasize” about Fergal Lawler

December 1, 2011  |  Comments Off on Indie band guitarist “fantasize” about Fergal Lawler  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  The Cranberries

Asked about his fantasy band, Jacob Graham from indie band The Drums told British newspaper The Independent that he would pick Fergal Lawler on the drums.

I always thought that The Cranberries had really creative drum parts for a pop band [sic]. A song like “Dreams”, their first big single, is a good example of that. Lawler is really precise, hits hard and is still experimental, without being distracting.


Cooking Vinyl confirms “Roses” Limited Edition tracklist

December 1, 2011  |  Comments Off on Cooking Vinyl confirms “Roses” Limited Edition tracklist  |  by The Cranberries Press Archives  |  The Cranberries

Cooking Vinyl confirmed today the tracklist of the 2-disc limited edition of the upcoming Cranberries album, “Roses”. The second CD will contain live versions of 16 past singles and favorites, taken from the 2010 Reunion Tour show in Madrid (Spain).

Let’s hope for another (more daring) limited edition or a EP along the way with the 6 non-album tracks recorded during the Toronto session, the 2003 demos or live/acoustic versions of more recent tracks.

Live stadium versions of past hits, such as “Linger”, “Zombie”, “Salvation” and “Promises” to name a few, were already proposed on numerous CD-singles in the past, as bonus material (“Bury the Hatchet” 2-disc complete session, “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee“,  “Stars“) and on live compilations (“Bualadh Bos“, “Live in Paris 2010“).

You can pre-order Roses (1-CD, Vinyl and 2-CD limited edition) on Cooking Vinyl’s website. Here’s the track list of the limited edition:

Disc One
1. Conduct 2. Tomorrow 3. Fire & Soul 4. Raining In My Heart 5. Losing My Mind 6. Schizophrenic Playboys 7. Waiting In Walthamstow 8. Show Me 9. Astral Projections 10. So Good 11. Roses

Disc Two – LIVE MADRID 12/Mar/2010
1. Analyse 2. Animal  Instinct 3. How 4. Linger 5. Dreaming My Dreams 6. When Your Gone [sic] 7. Wanted 8. Salvation 9. Desperate Andy 10. I Cant Be With You 11. Ode To My Family 12. Free To Decide 13. Ridiculous Thoughts 14. Zombie 15. Shattered 16. Promises



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