The Cranberries – Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We? (1993)

The debut album of the Irish band is a far cry from the more radio-friendly sound that would follow on their later records. The music is languid and occasionally meandering, albeit in a compelling way: The album’s anchor is Dolores O’Riordan’s mournful, plaintive singing, and she presides over the album like a doyenne of melancholy. Its most famous songs are likely “Dreams” and, especially, “Linger,” but it’s the album’s quieter moments like “I Still Do” and “Pretty” that demarcate it as something special, and while casual fans of the band may not find much to enjoy here, it’s a serious alternative record that contributed to making lo-fi alternative rock a radio staple in the 1990s.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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