Friday, February 16, 2007

The Comeback: Dolores O'Riordan

Behold, the return of Dolores O'Riordan! Not ringing any bells? The frontwoman of The Cranberries? Okay, 'Zombie'? I hope you know who I'm talking about.

Okay, so after releasing a best of compilation in 2003 (along with their final single 'Stars', which is also one of their best), The Cranberries announced the split and Dolores herself also went under the radar. The last 3 years, she had been working on various projects, including her solo debut, and also took the time to make a cameo appearance on Adam Sandler's movie 'Click'.
And now, it's all official. Her solo album entitled 'Are You Listening?' will be released in Europe in May 7, and May 8 in the US. The lead single, 'Ordinary Day', has already leaked and is gaining positive feedbacks from fans.
I've always been a fan of The Cranberries. Not like I follow their every move, but they definitely had a quality run of great punchy pop-rock singles, and don't you just love that kind of husky tone in her voice?
This single, it's quite a departure from her Cranberries days. It's a whole lot more pop-oriented, and carries a feel-good, positive, radio-friendly vibe about it. There are some obvious Irish musical influences. It won't win you over at the first listen, and will disappoint you if you're expecting something outstandingly epic coming from her. But after a few repeated listens, I think it's a quite good song and the album, well I'll be looking forward to it.

Dolores O'Riordan - Ordinary Day

Her Myspace (for now unofficial)

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