Functioning much the same way as Tori Amos’ “Tales of a Librarian,” this final album by the Irish band serves as an acoustic version of a greatest hits album. Most if not all of their famous songs are here, from “Zombie” to “Ridiculous Thoughts” to “Linger,” re-recorded as the band was well into middle-age, and the final result registers as a thoughtful, intriguing and satisfying song. Dolores O’Riordan’s vocals are more muted and within her control here than ever before, and while it does have a tendency to sound sedate sometimes, it nevertheless highlights the strengths of the songwriting in lieu of focusing on her previous vocal acrobatics. It’s a bittersweet end to the group’s musical output following O’Riordan’s death last year, but it serves as a potent reminder of how unique The Cranberries always were.
Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)