She has the voice of a saint stuck in a glass harp while being pelted with ice cubes by vicious clangers.
Their shyness is not only painful, but infectious too.
(…) it’s even more embarassing to watch because they’re so shamingly perfect!
These are the most beautiful high notes you’ll ever get to hear outside of La Scala
Those words belong to Sally Margaret Joy and were published in the Melody Maker on 13 July 1991. She went to see The Cranberries live in concert in a pub called The Old Trout in Windsor (UK) on 28 June 1991 and her concert review is one of the earliest review known to this day.
It may be very possible to find a few earlier articles/reviews inside rare local newspapers or fanzines but her article might definitely be one of the very first about The Cranberries published in a mainstream musical media.
Full review available on the dedicated concert page here.
The Old Trout renamed as Fort & Firkin