The Cranberries - Roses

The Cranberries - First new album in a decade from the platinum-selling Irish alt-pop mainstays ("Linger", "Zombie") also follows up frontwoman Dolores O'Riordan's 2009 solo album No Baggage..."I always had the attitude that there would be another album,” says guitarist Noel Hogan. “We just agreed we needed to get away from it for a while. But now it’s great to be back" // Release: Roses (February 14, Cooking Vinyl) // Sounds like: Friend and collaborator Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur) produced the sessions looking to bring out a relaxed, confident vibe throughout -- and after reuniting for a 2009 tour, the band was ready to return to the studio but without the burden of overhyped expectations...the result is an album that happily returns to the fundamentals that have marked The Cranberries classic sound but with a more grown-up perspective...

Quote: "It really came together really nicely. A lot of the tracks were written without really thinking about it. They just came. I suppose we had more respect for each other and what we were doing. In the latter days, towards 2003, we were just kind of going through the motions a bit. Now we're really happy and really appreciate what we have together." - Dolores O'Riordan // What we like: the stutter step rhythm and acoustic strums behind "Fire and Soul" just feel right with O'Riordan's purring vocals...the jangle popped "Tomorrow" and "Schizophrenic Playboy" may have Cranberries writ large across the melodies but there's a fresh kick in the stride...

The Cranberries - "Tomorrow" (from Roses)

The Cranberries - "Show Me" (from Roses)