Review: The Cranberries, ‘Roses’

Review: The Cranberries, ‘Roses’: Aidin Vaziri | More than a decade after releasing their previous studio offering, “Wake Up and Smell the Coffee,” raising a small village of children and striking out with at least two poorly received solo albums, the Cranberries return. Middle age has tamed singer Dolores O’Riordan’s barn owl screech significantly. “Life is a garden of roses,” she whimpers on the title track. Across the board, the music here is less “Zombie,” more “Linger.” That’s not a bad thing, but what’s missing is the happy-hour glow of the early years, with the band that has spent the past two decades selling millions of albums around the world instinctively strapping jet packs onto even the most benign melodies. In the Irish group’s heyday, “Schizophrenic Playboy” would have wound up on an episode of “Dharma & Greg.” Now, it just makes you want to hit the dollar rack at Amoeba and buy back your copy of “Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?”

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