THE Cranberries released the first single from new album ‘In The End’ on Tuesday January 15. The track called ‘All Over Now’ is one of 11 songs on the album completed after the tragic passing of Dolores O’Riordan. The album will be released on Friday April 26.
The album is produced by Stephen Street (Blur, The Smiths), who has worked on five of their eight LPs including their first two albums. ‘All Over Now’ finds Dolores in great voice over the guitar-led track that is reminiscent of The Cranberries early years’ million selling output with the producer.
Recording of the album took place over 2017.
“Dolores had completed and recorded the vocals to final demo stage,” says Noel Hogan.
After Dolores died in January, the band put all plans on hold and after speaking to her family, the three remaining members later completed the album to honour their close friend and bandmate.
“This was a very painful process. We remembered how Dolores had been so energised by the prospect of making this record and getting back out on the road to play the songs live, and realised that the most meaningful thing to do was to finish the album we had started with her.”
The new single is accompanied by an animated video. ‘All Over Now’ features what Noel Hogan refers to as “one of those choruses that she was great at.”
Talking to ITV this week the band spoke of the recording released on the one year anniversary of the passing of Dolores O’Riordan.
“It doesn’t seem like a year. It seems just like a couple of weeks ago,” says Noel.
Understandably, the band began recording in very difficult circumstances while still mourning the loss of their friend and lead singer.
Says Mike, “The first few days was a bit strange, but once we got into it, we just got going with the work. We were expecting her to come in the door and say it wasn’t right or something like that.”
The band describes the album as an album of classic Cranberries tracks.
Noel adds, “She was really excited about getting back into the studio and doing this album. When we went through the songs, and realised how strong we felt this album was, to NOT do it would have been the wrong thing to do.”
Now that the album campaign begins, the process will bring closure for the remaining members who say that The Cranberries will come to an end after this the release of ‘In The End’.
“It has never been a question for any of us to continue on.
“The downside of it is we are never going to play it [the new album] live. It is a pity. But it is one of those things.”
Speaking about the launch of the single and the album, Dolores’ mother said, “I miss her awfully, especially today, as does the entire family. That said I can’t think of a more fitting way to commemorate the first anniversary of her passing and to celebrate her life than to announce to the world the release of her final album with the band. She was very excited about this new album and was really looking forward to its release. I have no doubt that she is happy now.”