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Monday, November 21, 2011

Six Best Cranberries Songs for Thanksgiving

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3. "No Need To Argue" from No Need To Argue (1994) It's a lazy O'comparison to O'liken The Cranberries' Dolores O'Riordan to Sinéad O'Connor, but on O'sophomore album No Need To Argue's O'title track, it is O'so accurate. "No Need To Argue" is a lonesome heart breaker a'la O'Connor's "Nothing Compares 2 U". O'Riordan milks the tragedy, pours it on her frosted flakes and chows it down like the potato famine never happened. The Cranberries' catalog has its share of ballads, but "No Need To Argue" makes us wish the band let its guard down more often.

2. "Free To Decide" from To The Faithful Departed (1996) The Cranberries hated drugs and baby thieves (those who stole babies, not babies who stole). Its message-driven songs were lyrically hokey with the exception of "Free To Decide." The track works because it is somewhat sly about the don't-kill-yourself theme, squeezing in "I'm not so suicidal after all" after two repetitions of its title. The video is less subtle, with O'Riordan hiding from the paparazzi and singing from inside a cage. If the general positivity isn't an effective enough reason to live, the cowbell twelve seconds in should suffice.

1. "Linger" from Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? (1993) Orchestral pop rock was all the rage in the mid '90s: Oasis had "Wonderwall", the Verve gave us "Bittersweet Symphony", Bush did "Glycerine". The Cranberries' "Linger" arguably started the trend. The band's second career single (after "Dreams") is a virtual obstacle course for songwriting, building a powerful tune from predictable rhymes (by/lie, confused/used, finger/linger) and stock chords. One of the Cranberries' most unrecognized strengths, drummer Fergal Lawler drives the tune with his thoughtful marching beat -- rarely can drumming be referred to as "introspective." But "Linger" remains in the general consciousness in part because of the string arrangement's drama. By leaning away from rock production, the track is the least dated sounding in the Cranberries' discography. As creamed-corny as it may sound, the song is the most likely to linger in our hearts for many Thanksgivings to come.

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