New world tour to kick off in August !

March 8, 2001  |  Comments Off on New world tour to kick off in August !  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The Cranberries have begun scheduling for the new world tour to launch later this year. The new tour, to coincide with the band’s 5th album, will kick off in August and last until the end of this year. Venues are currently being planned for Asia, Australia, Europe, South America and North America. At the moment, the tour will most likely begin in Asia.

In other news, the yet-untitled fifth album is still on schedule for October 2001, while the first single has been confirmed for a September release. It will begin airing on radio stations in mid-August. (No title has been selected for the first single release.)

Source: Official Cranberries Homepage

New official site brings hoardes of news

March 8, 2001  |  Comments Off on New official site brings hoardes of news  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Just when you thought things were getting boring. The brand new, gorgeous Official Cranberries Site has hit the internet and with it come tons of news.

Dolores and he new baby girl Molly are in the best of health. Today Molly turns 5 weeks old. Dolores hasn’t been able to leave the house much, as she is nursing Molly herself. Noel, on the other hand, is currently in London, as his wife is carrying their second child, due in about three weeks.

And now on to the new album and tour (drumroll please!). As you know, the band finished up the first half of the album in August and September of last year. “The new stuff sounds very cool,” said Dolores. “Real music I’d say. Doesn’t all that manufactured stuff sound sooooo the same really?” Indeed it does. She went on, “Well that’s all I can think of for now except I’m totally looking forward to the next album and tour.”

The band got a chance to do some rehersals last week and write some new material, according to Fergal. The band will return to Windmill Lane Studios in April to resume recording of the fifth albu. As you will recall, Windmill Lane was the same studio where “To the Faithful Departed” was recorded five years ago. Also, the news section now states that album has been moved up to a September release!! Previously, the album was slated for October.

The new biography section is extremely well-written (yes, it rivals my own Biography here). In fact, the intro gives us much insight to the August and September sessions of Album #5 (still untitled). The new tracks have “a unique sound that has lost none of its character” from the band’s previous works. Here’s a very informative excerpt:

“One song, ‘Pretty Eyes’ slips out between the more feisty numbers, a soft lulliby ballad that blends the talents of band and producer into one soft, lucious performance. A hint of things to come.”

Anyway, that’s the new site, and it has met and exceeded my expectations. For those of you having trouble accessing the new flash site at the www.cranberries.ie, try here for a direct link. (Link no longer available)

Source: Official Cranberries Site

Odd merchandise : The Promises Teddy Bear

March 3, 2001  |  Comments Off on Odd merchandise : The Promises Teddy Bear  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

I love writing news stories about odd merchandise, and this is about the oddest thing I’ve seen from “Bury the Hatchet”. As a promotional effort for the “Promises” single in the UK, apparently Universal created a very limited production of actual teddy bears to coincide with the release. The bears themselves seem to be normal high-class collectible bears. The bears include a small white T-shirt, with the logo “The Cranberries: Promises”. If you’re looking for one of these rarities, watch your wallet. This turns out to be one of the most expensive pieces since the $50 “Bury the Hatchet” golf shirts sold on tour.

“BTH : The Complete Sessions” US release date

March 3, 2001  |  Comments Off on “BTH : The Complete Sessions” US release date  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

As previously mentioned on the Official Cranberries Homepage, the double- disc set “Bury the Hatchet: The Complete Sessions” would release this month in the US.
Apparently, the release is suprisingly still on schedule.

“The Complete Sessions” was released in Europe and Japan in April 2000. The set includes all of “Bury the Hatchet”, 6 B-sides, and 7 live tracks recorded in Paris, December 9th, 1999. Unfortunately, according to listings at Amazon and Tower Records the US release will be identical to the European release. Americans can look for the limited edition in stores March 20th, 2001 with an MSRP of $19.99

“Fields of Hope” cover art

February 26, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Fields of Hope” cover art  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

As reported earlier, “Fields of Hope”, the new benefit compilation for those starving in central Africa, has just been released in the UK. Below is the first image of the cover art, which features a painting of a person travelling across a sun-scortched land. The new compilation, which features a live version of the Cranberries’ “Dreaming My Dreams”, is available in the UK on Dara Records.

“Empire Records” to release on DVD

February 22, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Empire Records” to release on DVD  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

“Empire Records”, a movie about the dying breed of independent music stores, will be released on DVD in less than two months. The movie, filmed in 1995, features the Cranberries tracks “How” and “Liar”.
“Liar” was also placed on the film’s soundtrack, being pushed as a major selling point for the CD.

The DVD release of the movie will feature several new additions, including theatrical trailers, widescreen anamorphic display, Dolby Digital 2.0, and subtitles in English, Spanish, French, and Portugese.
The disc will be cased in snap case packaging. The movie will be released on DVD on April 3rd, 2001 with an MSRP of $19.99

Source: Amazon

New official site to launch Saturday

February 20, 2001  |  Comments Off on New official site to launch Saturday  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The opening page of the Cranberries official site is a far cry from what it was just days ago. The opening page features a preview of what to expect from the newly-designed site. The new design features a curious mix of the “Bury the Hatchet” signature line-and-circle art, mixed with morphed band photos and sketches that look like they’re out of a 1950’s biology book.

Some new features are also to come. A “Press Release” section will be launched. Flash technology will also be mandatory to view the page. Lastly and most intriguing is a bright red-and-blue sun that features the word “Live” lightly enscribed into its center.

I’m now quite anxious to see the new page, so be sure to check it out when it launches this Saturday.
In the meantime, click here to see the preview, or check out the picture below. (Link no longer available)

Source: The Official International Cranberries Website

New official site delayed

February 18, 2001  |  Comments Off on New official site delayed  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

In an unsuprising note, the webmaster of the official international Cranberries webpage reports that the new redesign of the site has once again fallen behind schedule. The new site has been planned to hit the bandwith today. The relaunch has been pushed back innumerous times since its original planned launch late last year. The new layout will feature art by Storm Thorgerson, the “dark and sexy” artist who did most of the art for “Bury the Hatchet” and its singles.

In related news, an official mailing list is now up on the official site. Those interested can enter their email address and receive news and other updates, sent straight to their inbox.

Source: Cranberries Official International Homepage

“Fields of Hope” review

February 18, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Fields of Hope” review  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A review is out to promote the new benefit compilation “Fields of Hope”

VARIOUS ARTISTS “FIELDS OF HOPE” Dara 2000
65 min

Tracklisting:
Dolores Keane: Storm in My Heart – Altan: Castles in The Air – Van Morrison & The Chieftans: Irish Heartbeat – Sinead Lohan: Everything Around Me is Changing – Mary Black: Ae Fond Kiss – David Gray: Lead Me Upstairs – U2: Staring at The Sun – Sinead O’Connor: Ode To Billie Joe – Maire Brennan: Ceolfidh Mi – Christy Moore: Lovely Young One – Dsnal Lunny & Coolfin: Butlers – The Cranberries: Dreaming My Dreams – Jack L: Rooftop Lullabye – The Corrs: Runaway

Although it goes without saying that the thinking behind it was a truly admirable demonstration of how people power in a needy hour could really save lives, the Band Aid single “Do They Know It’s Christmas? (Feed The World)” will always bring a bad taste to many mouths. Apart from giving rise to countless other cheesy charity tunes featuring duets from ‘well intended’ faltering stars who linked arms while grinning inanely (you know who they are!), the music itself amounted to little more than second rate, lame pop. Several years on from this we have learnt the hard way that like puppies, benefit albums are not just for Christmas, but for life! Here’s where this album comes in. There are no ill-fitting duets or sing-along anthems here, but quite a few rare tracks which showcase some of Ireland’s most established songwriters and musicians with a predominantly traditional and folk vibe. Dolores Keane’s distinctive sean nss touch to an airy “Storm in My Heart” complements the low-key acoustic touches of Sinead Lohan’s “Everything Around Me is Changing”. Meanwhile U2’s live acoustic version of “Staring at The Sun” proves that they can still churn out a striking tune without the aid of their arsenal of electronic gadgetry, just as David Gray’s sauntering sonnet “Lead Me Upstairs” finds him in flying form on front of an adoring audience. Doing more than their bit to compensate for The Corr’s uninspired, albeit well delivered live rendition of “Runaway”, Sinead O’Connor offers her sparse, soulful recording of “Ode To Billie Joe” while Kildare crooner jack L does his Scott Walker thing on the wide screen “Rooftop Lullabye”. More importantly, the distressing fact that 40,000 children die every day from lack of food is a problem that really shouldn’t be forgotten until the next Christmas compilation is rolled out. Buy this record, not just because you feel you should, but because it is worth the money.

Source: Thanks to Suzy Aston

New charity compilation CD released

February 9, 2001  |  Comments Off on New charity compilation CD released  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

A new benefit compilation has been released in Ireland to aid starvation in central Africa. Fourteen Irish artists collaborated for the project, ranging from the classic The Chieftains to the contemporary U2, and everything in between. The project is funded by the Gorta organization. The profits from the new compilation, “Fields of Hope”, go entirely to The Street Children’s Repatriation Project in Zimbabwe, one of several starvation-fighting projects funded by Gorta.

Most notably, the album features a previously unreleased live version of The Cranberries’s “Dreaming My Dreams”. The album also features live and B- side material from the most prominent of Irish bands. The band list includes:

» Sinead O’Connor
» Van Morrison
» The Chieftains
» U2
» The Cranberries
» The Corrs
» Dolores Keane
» Sinead Lohan
» Mary Black
» Maire Brennan
» Donal Lunny’s Coolfin
» Jack L.
» Christy Moore
» Altan

The album was produced in Ireland and is only available in limited quantities. Gorta is a program estabished by Ireland’s Department of Agriculture in 1965 and continues to fight hunger throughout the world, especially in Africa, Asia, and South America. Over 800 million people in the world are chronically undernourished and nearly 40,000 children die a day due to it.

Source: 1550 AM Boston

Storm Thorgerson to return for album #5

January 28, 2001  |  Comments Off on Storm Thorgerson to return for album #5  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Representatives from The Cranberries Official Homepage have confirmed that the band will be working with artist Storm Thorgerson for their next album. Thorgerson designed the art for “Bury the Hatchet”, its singles, “The Complete Sessions”, as well as “Beneath the Skin”, released earlier this month on DVD. He is best known for, however, his exotic art for bands such as Pink Floyd. The band has commented in several interviews that their first three albums were like a trio, and perhaps they’re looking to make another.

Source: Noel Hogan

BTS debuts at #2 in Mexico

January 25, 2001  |  Comments Off on BTS debuts at #2 in Mexico  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

“Beneath the Skin”, The Cranberries’ new VHS and DVD concert was just released in Mexico on Sunday (the 21st). The response from the public has been overwhemling thus far. The release has sold over 10,000 copies in Mexico since its release, enough to push it to #2 on the Top 10 Selling Videos in Mexico. Videos have been flying off shelves there, making it nearly scarce to find. No word yet on American sales figures, but The Herald will do some research, and we’ll see what we can find.

Source: Thanks to mexfan

Official News: BTH Complete Sessions in the US

January 25, 2001  |  Comments Off on Official News: BTH Complete Sessions in the US  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The official page has been updated with some great news!
First, to begin, “Bury the Hatchet: The Complete Sessions” will be released in the United States in March!! The 2-CD set was released in Europe last April, and therefore only available as an import. Disc 1 includes the full album of “Bury the Hatchet” and the UK bonus track “Sorry Son”. The second disc includes five more B-sides and several live tracks, most recorded in Paris, December 9th, 1999 (the “Beneath the Skin” show). The US release will have an MSRP of $19.99. Please, please include something new! (New packaging, different tracks… something!)

Fascinating! A news story from Zombieguide made it to the official page! To clarify, the “greatest hits” CD was intended only as a promotional pack-in to the Turkish magazine “Blue Jeans”, and is not a separate release. According to online rare music retailers, the compilation is licensed by Universal, however it was probably something handled by the record company entirely and the band was never notified.

Odds are, we WILL indeed hear “Analyze” before autumn! As previously reported, the track didn’t make it to the soundtrack. This is due to Universal’s decision to delay the track. Because the new album is now slated for October 2000, the company wants the track to be on a movie closer to it’s release. (”Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within”, anyone? Nah, it’d be out of place.)

Click here to read the news, straight from Fergal. (Link no longer available)

Source: The Cranberries Official International Homepage

“Dream to Me” Europe Top 10

January 21, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Dream to Me” Europe Top 10  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Dario G’s “Dream to Me” is doing fairly well in Europe, appearing in several European Top 10 lists. The track is a dance remix of the Cranberries’ hit “Dreams”, as previously reported.

The track made its debut at #9 on MTV’s Dance Floor Chart in the UK for the week of January 12th. The track has since been slowly climbing the charts, with the video being played in the top 8 on MTV UK.

The international release date for the single is currently set at February 26th, 2001 (this probably does not cover the US). The album, “In Full Colour” will follow shortly.

Sources: MTV UK, Dario G Official Website

European BTS released

January 19, 2001  |  Comments Off on European BTS released  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Weeks after the American release, Europe has finally received the PAL format DVD of “Beneath the Skin”. The European release is virtually identical to the American release, with the exception of regional coding. No new artwork or any extra goodies.

Source: Thanks to Jesus Castillo

Official site redesign news

January 13, 2001  |  Comments Off on Official site redesign news  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The official site has updated with the following bit of news about the redesign of the official website:

UPDATE ON “NEW-LOOK WEBSITE”
News just in from Storm Thorgerson, (who is redesigning the website) is that it should be up and running by the 18th of February (barring any major disasters). By the way, we are not allowed to call him “legendary” anymore, he would rather be known as “dark, mysterious, handsome and sexy”.
Keep coming back to the latest news for more updates….

Source: Official International Cranberries Homepage

“From a Whisper to a Scream” DVD release next month!

January 12, 2001  |  Comments Off on “From a Whisper to a Scream” DVD release next month!  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

As if “Beneath the Skin” wasn’t enough, a second DVD release will hit the United States within a month. Save up your money for “From a Whisper to a Scream: The Living History of Irish Rock”, due in February.

Surprisingly, after doing a little research, there is no lack of information on the anthology. “From A Whisper to a Scream” is the brainchild of director David Heffernan, and compiles the most comprehensive look at the Irish music scene available, from the early 1900’s to today. The six-part series originally aired last year on the Irish television station RTÉ. The documentary lasts for well over 2 1/2 hours.

And, of course, if it didn’t include the Cranberries, you wouldn’t be reading it here. The documentary is chock full of exclusive interviews, as well as narratives from the artists themselves. Dolores O’Riordan is one of the featured voice-overs. Accoring to Tower Records’ description, the piece also contains “special archival footage, extensive reviews and specially staged performances” from various artists.

“It was relatively easy to get people,” Heffernan told Ireland.com. “There were not as many obstacles as you might imagine, because they had a sense this was a story worth telling. They were very giving of their time. When you start out to make these projects, you really don’t know whether you’ll get the sort of artists you’ll need. For other projects I’ve worked on in the past, negotiations to get artists to agree to commit take a lot of time. For this, people saw what we were trying to do and felt a sense of confidence in what was actually a compelling story.”

Interestingly, the project began as a book and 2 CD set. However, due to lack of funding, Heffernan was not able to fully realize his dream of a full- scale documentary. However, after extensive fund-raising, he was able to gather the over £1 million it took to materialize his ambition (that’s about $1.48 million+ for us Yanks). No doubt this is a large-scale project.

Both the VHS and DVD will release in the US on February 13th. The DVD will carry an MSRP of $29.99 while the VHS 3-video set will retail for $39.95. You can pre-order the DVD at Tower Records here for $25.99 or the VHS here for $35.99.

For lots more information, check out the links below. Major thanks to Pedro for the news tip.

Sources: Ireland.com, RTÉ.com, and Tower Records

ShowBiz’s interview with Dolores

January 10, 2001  |  Comments Off on ShowBiz’s interview with Dolores  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

ShowBiz Ireland, a premier entertainment source around Ireland, recently had an exclusive interview with Dolores shortly after the band’s gig at Vicar Street for the MTV Awards party.

Shortly before the show, Dolores, six months pregnant, said that she was looking forward to it. “It’s something I always wanted to do. I felt it would be an experience to play a concert while I was pregnant…. I’m really looking forward to playing at Vicar St. It’s a real treat, it’ll be a little different for a couple of reasons not only because I’m pregnant and I won’t be able to perform my usual stage gymnastics – it’ll be a completely different stage show but also it’ll be the Cranberries first really intimate gig since the early nineties when we played much smaller venues.”

When asked why they were going to play at the small Vicar Street gig and not at the awards themselves, the band responded, “We were not asked to play at the awards. We have in the past but as well as this it may be a bit too much to travel to Sweden and play a big gig with Dolores as pregnant as she is.”

Interestingly, ShowBiz talked long enough with Dolores to squeeze some social commentary out of her. “The state of our planet is something I’m getting concerned about. There will always be political problems; it’s our human nature. When I was younger I didn’t give a toss about the planet. I was a teenager and I was too busy partying. But the older I get the more I’m concerned about the planet, [even] more so again since I became a parent.”

Hmmm… perhaps we have some thematic structure for Album #5? We’ll have to wait and see.

Source: ShowBiz Ireland

New Canadian release date

January 9, 2001  |  Comments Off on New Canadian release date  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Previously, it was reported by the Cranberries Tape Trader that “Beneath the Skin” would see release in Canada on January 3rd. Apparently, that date was not correct, as many reported. Now, the same site has reported that the new release date for Canada is February 1st. This date applies to both the VHS and DVD releases. Is this date trustworthy? Lets hope so.

Source: Cranberries Tape Trader

No Crans on “Sweet November” soundtrack?

January 5, 2001  |  Comments Off on No Crans on “Sweet November” soundtrack?  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

It’s the news I never wanted to hear, but somehow knew it would come.
Billboard.com has posted the track listing for the “Sweet November” Soundtrack minus the Cranberries. “Analyze”, a new song was announced by the band as being considered for the soundtrack.
The track listing is:

  1. Enya, “Only Time”
  2. BT, “Shame”
  3. Stevie Nicks, “Touched By An Angel”
  4. Paula Cole, “Heart Door”
  5. k.d. lang, “The Consequences Of Falling” (previously unreleased Lenny B remix)
  6. Tegan & Sara, “My Number”
  7. Robbie Williams, “Rock DJ”
  8. Barenaked Ladies, “Off The Hook”
  9. Jackie Wilson, “Baby Work It Out”
  10. Tracy Dawn, “You Deserve To Be Loved”
  11. Amanda Ghost, “Cellophane”
  12. Celeste Prince, “Wherever You Are”
  13. Bobby Darin, “The Other Half Of Me”

I suppose that there is still a chance of the track list changing or of “Analyze” being used in the actual movie. But I think at this point that the chance of either may be slim.

This is all too cold a reminder of 1998’s “X-Files” soundtrack. “What’s On My Mind”, a new song, was announced to be included on the soundtrack. Later, it was absent from the track listing. Sources cited that the Cranberries weren’t exactly the band the music producers had in mind, so the track was therefore omitted. “What’s On My Mind” was later released on 1999’s “Bury the Hatchet”, and possibly the best track on the album in my opinion.

Source: Billboard.com

American “Beneath the Skin” released

January 4, 2001  |  Comments Off on American “Beneath the Skin” released  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

“Beneath the Skin” has finally been released in America, approximately 1 year and 7 months after the last release in the US, “Bury the Hatchet”. And oh boy, is it nice.

Distribution at the moment is a bit sparse. Some stores simply are not carrying it, whereas many have only either the VHS or DVD and not both. Nevertheless, after a good searching, one should find a copy with some luck.

We’ve all see the cover and back many times, so here are some exclusive scans of what we haven’t seen from the DVD: the chapter index, the disc, and the jumbo sticker on the outside of the plastic.

Full “Beneath the Skin” Review Here (Link no longer available)

Source: Exclusive

Australian BTS release date announced

January 1, 2001  |  Comments Off on Australian BTS release date announced  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Australia now has a date for the new VHS/DVD “Beneath the Skin”, which gets released in the US tomorrow and Canada on Wednesday. Aussies can get their money ready for February 5, 2001. The concert will carry a price tag of $39.95 AUD (approx. $22.30 US), which is slightly lower than the US price of $24.95.

Source: Johannes Schmidt

“Sweet November” soundtrack date revealed

January 1, 2001  |  Comments Off on “Sweet November” soundtrack date revealed  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The date for the “Sweet November” soundtrack is now official. The December 2000 issue of ICE Magazine reports that the CD will hit retail shelves on February 6, 2001 (in the US). Meanwhile, the movie itself will relese in theaters on February 16, ten days later. Hopefully “Analyze” will still make it to the soundtrack and the band won’t be rejected a la “X-Files”. Apparently though, the film makers are looking for new material for the soundtrack insteat of old recycled stuff. New songs “Only Time” by Enya and “Touched by an Angel” by Stevie Nicks will also be highlights of the disc.

Source: ICE Magazine, December 2000 Issue

New bootleg “Loud and Clear” released

December 31, 2000  |  Comments Off on New bootleg “Loud and Clear” released  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

The volume of Bury the Hatchet-era commercial live bootlegs has been scarce over the past two years. Last year brought us “One’s Better Self”, “The Undead”, “Little Fruits”, and a few other titles basically all consisting of the April ’99 Germany show.

Now just recently released in Europe is the new bootleg, “Loud and Clear”. It marks the first, and only, live commercial bootleg of 2000. The show was recorded at the Theatre Antique de Fouriere on July 24th, 2000 in Lyon, France. This show also marks the last gig in the Loud and Clear 1998-2000 Tour. Although the tour is officially recognized as the 1999-2000 tour, the band kicked it off in Oslo, Norway in December 1998 for the Nobel Peace Prize Concert. The back insert also bears the name of one brave man, Vince Dome, by stating that he recorded the show.

Tracks are:

1. Intro (new one)
2. Promises
3. Loud and Clear
4. Linger
5. Wanted
6. Salvation
7. Desperate Andy
8. Go Your Own Way
9. Daffodil Lament
10. When You’re Gone
11. I Can’t Be With You
12. Free to Decide
13. Waltzing Back
14. Zombie
15. Ridiculous Thoughts
16. You and Me
17. Just My Imagination
18. Animal Instinct
19. Dreams

My first encounter with this show was on eBay, from where the pictures came. I thought that because I hadn’t seen it elsewhere that the packaging, etc., was a one-of-a-kind homemade effort to peddle a live show on eBay. However, lately the CD has been popping up in stores across Europe. Sebas tells The Cranberries Herald that some shops across Spain carry the CD for a price tag of approximately $10 US.

Luckily, The Herald was able to get a copy of the show from a European trading friend. First, I can tell you that the quality is excellent if this Vince Dome person is an ameteur. Grading it, I give the quality a 9.5/10. In addition, The Cranberries Herald has some exclusive MP3 clips for all those interested in downloading. First is the brand new intro, which is quite suspenseful, and hopefully something we can look forward to for the next tour. Note that these are just sample MP3’s and the actual sound quality is better than I can capture.

New Intro (MP3, 435k)
Loud and Clear (MP3, 538k)
Ridiculous Thoughts (MP3, 481k)

Enjoy, and also check out the full size cover art, back art, and disc art. (No longer available)

Partial Sources: eBay, also thanks to Sebas

Amazon’s “Beneath The Skin” review

December 31, 2000  |  Comments Off on Amazon’s “Beneath The Skin” review  |  by Zombieguide Archives  |  The Cranberries

Amazon.com, arguably the biggest and baddest multimedia superstore on the ‘net has posted their review of “Beneath the Skin”. Here’s what editor Tom Keogh had to say:

“Amazon.com
Recorded in December 1999 before a massive and wildly enthusiastic French audience, this Cranberries concert is remarkable testimony to the Irish band’s seasoning, evolving confidence, and heightened sense of fun in the years since the release of their breakthrough hit singles (“Linger,” “Zombie,” “Ode to My Family,” all performed here). Fans who saw the Limerick-born group’s early- ’90s tours recognized in singer-songwriter Dolores O’Riordan equal parts gamine, witch, and an inspirational incarnation of W.B. Yeats’s Glimmering Girl. Now, however, Beneath the Skin: Live in Paris underscores O’Riordan’s more relaxed, womanly stage presence, as well as a rounder, fuller sound from founding members Mike Hogan (bass), his brother Noel Hogan (guitar), and drummer Fergal Lawler.

Strutting at various times in a flowing robe, leather mini-skirt, or white pants, the diminutive O’Riordan leads the Cranberries through an overview of their Celtic-tinged, alternately jangly or thrashing repertoire. As always, they’re at their best when they reach beyond O’Riordan’s tendencies toward lyrical self-congratulation. When they don’t, a bit of monotony fogs up the proceedings. When they do, however, which is frequently in Beneath the Skin, the Cranberries demonstrate exquisite pop craftsmanship (“Just My Imagination,” not to be confused with the Temptations’ classic) and ferocity of spirit (“Animal Instinct”). In any case, the passionate Parisian audience at this show amplifies the band’s thorny glories while, paradoxically, easing them into a comfortable encounter with stardom. All in all, this is a must for Cranberries fans and a multifaceted introduction to the group for everyone else. –Tom Keogh

Additional features
The DVD edition is filled out with supplementary material, some of which is underwhelming (lifeless, backstage photos) while other goodies have genuine value (printed, albeit tiny, lyrics; videos and performance clips going back to 1993). –Tom Keogh”

Source: Amazon.com

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