The Cranberries’ Final Album Arriving in April
The Cranberries had been working on a new album – their third since reforming in 2012 – when singer Dolores O’Riordan accidentally drowned in her bathtub on January 15, 2018, after polishing off a copious amount of alcohol. Her vocal tracks for the newly written demos had already been recorded, however, and now the three other members of the group – guitarist Noel Hogan, bass guitarist Mike Hogan and drummer Fergal Lawler – have taken those and completed the album with the help of their frequent right-hand man, producer Stephen Street.
Titled after the closing song on the album, In the End (out April 26 via BMG) might very well prove to be one of the Irish group’s finest outings. Certainly the advance single, “All Over Now” (released on the first anniversary of O’Riordan’s death), is a flawless slice of shimmering ’90s alt-rock, Dolores’ voice carrying a wistful quality that would be equally at home on an early ‘70s UK folk-rock recording.
“We knew this had to be one of the, if not the, best Cranberries album that we could possibly do,” says Noel Hogan. “The worry was that we would destroy the legacy of the band by making an album that wasn’t up to standard. Once we had gone through all the demos that Dolores and I had worked on and decided that we had such a strong album, we knew it would be the right thing and the best way that we could honor Dolores.”