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Dolores O'Riordan


Country of origin:

Ireland

Type of music generally:

Pop/rock

Status:

Most recent release, No Baggage (2009)

See also:

Wikipedia's entry on Dolores O'Riordan

Site for D.A.R.K., her band with Andy Rourke (The Smiths) and Ole Koretsky

The Ectophiles' Guide's page for The Cranberries

Comparisons:

The work of her band, The Cranberries

Covers/own material:

Own

General comments:

Dolores O'Riordan's solo work seems an outgrowth of her early work with The Cranberries, as though she had skipped their later work and moved on from there.

Recommended first album:

Are You Listening?

Recordings:


Are You Listening? (2007)

Release info:

2007—Sanctuary Records Group—06076-84795-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended for rock/pop and or Dolores O'Riordan fans

Group members:

Dolores O'Riordan

Produced by:

Dan Brodbeck, Richard Chycki, Dolores O'Riordan, Matt Vaughan, Youth

Comments:

Formerly of The Cranberries, Dolores O'Riordan's first outing as a solo artist is strongly reminiscent of her work with her band. The songs are very much in the pop mode. Some are particularly hooky for me, like "In The Garden" and "Human Spirit; most are somewhat more familiar-sounding. I would say overall that this is well worth getting for those who enjoy the mainstream of pop/rock, and certainly any The Cranberries fan will love this. Dolores O'Riordan's vocals are, as always, interesting and impassioned. (sophiagurley@hotmail.com)

we picked this up shortly after it came out, and I listened to it a few times and wasn't really motivated to do so again. It sounds a lot like the Cranberries, but also kinda Evanescence-esque at times, which isn't necessarily a bad thing...but more often than not the lyrics are just too cheesy to bear. (meth@smoe.org)

She doesn't really chart new territory from The Cranberries' first two albums, but it's solid pop/rock. Her voice is also a bit less affected than on The Cranberries' albums, which may or may not be a plus. As for me, I like it both ways. (JoAnn Whetsell)


No Baggage

Release info:

2009—Zoë—01143-1131-2

Availability:

Wide

Ecto priority:

Recommended for fans

Group members:

Dolores O'Riordan—vocals, piano

Guest artists:

Dan Brodbeck—guitars; bass on "The Journey"; guitar on "Stupid"
Marco Mendoza—bass (except on "The Journey")
Dennis Demarchi—piano
Ger Farrell—drums (except on "Stupid")
Steve Demarchi—guitar on "Stupid"
Corey Thompson—drums on "Stupid"; percussion on "Throw Your Arms Around Me"
Matt Grady—digeridoo

Produced by:

Dolores O'Riordan and Dan Brodbeck

Comments:

Likable mainstream pop/rock. Nothing special, but nothing terrible. (JoAnn Whetsell)

Further info:

Dolores O'Riordan sings on three tracks on the 1996 charity album Pavarotti&Friends: Together for the Children of Bosnia. She recorded "Centipede Sisters" for the 2008 compilation Roll Play.


Thanks to JoAnn Whetsell for work on this entry.

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