The Cranberries are set to release Something Else, a new album featuring heartfelt reworked renditions of their major hits in addition to brand new material. Due out on April 28, 2017 from BMG in hi-res digital and CD formats, Something Else includes seminal Cranberries songs like “Linger,” “Zombie,” “Dreams,” and “Ode to My Family,” all re-recorded in orchestral and acoustic arrangements featuring the band together with the Irish Chamber Orchestra, as recorded at The University of Limerick in Ireland.
Earlier today, I spoke with Cranberries’ singer/songwriter Dolores O’Riordan about the sound design of Something Else, and she told me how important it was to “keep it all sounding natural and real. I wanted us to do it like David Bowie did, where he would leave in the breathing and other elements in the mix that weren’t technically perfect. Whenever a production is too clean and too perfect, you lose the sense of character of both the songs and the singer.” (More of my interview with Dolores will be coming soon, closer to the album’s release date.)
Something Else also celebrates the 25th anniversary of the band. On the album concept and choice of “Linger” as the first single, O’Riordan says that “Linger” was “the first song The Cranberries ever wrote together. I was 17, and the youngest member of the band was 15 at the time. We never imagined it’d be such a big hit, but soon us teenagers found ourselves on our first flight to the United States to shoot the video in Downtown L.A. That video would introduce us to American households, in the good old days of MTV. The bittersweet love song still holds all that sentimentality for us personally, which is why we had to include it on this project. Universally, I think its message remains timeless and relevant — never going out of fashion, yet never quite in fashion. It’s amazing to have a song hold up 25 years later, and I hope this acoustic version allows our fans to hear a Cranberries classic in a new way.”
“Linger” is available now for download and streaming, and you can also check it out right now, right here…
Further Something Else background for you: Last year, over 2 weeks in the University of Limerick at the home of the aforementioned Irish Chamber Orchestra, Dolores laid down her vocals as small booths were created to record the instrumental accompaniment in an essentially live setting. “I prefer them like this,” she says of the new recordings of vintage songs, “with a little bit more experience behind them, with a new lease of life. They sound fresh again.”
As the record began to take full shape, three new songs were added to the running order. The first was “The Glory,” which Dolores explains she wrote in The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s rehearsal rooms at the University of Limerick. She then brought out two additional songs she had been keeping in her personal stash until she could place them in the right home: “Rupture” (“about depression, about being in that black hole and finding it hard to get out of it”) and the forthcoming single “Why?” (“written just after my father passed, the hardest time”).
When they began finalizing details for the record, Dolores and Cranberries guitarist Noel Hogan decided on titling it Something Else, a nod to their first record, 1993’s Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, a title neither riven with the promise of future endeavors nor locked into the past. They also re-enlisted photographer Andy Earl to update his original Everybody Else cover shot of the band, which you can see at the very top of this post. Something Else brings the band’s sound full circle, and it’s very much HRAC Approved.