YMMV / The Cranberries

  • Anvilicious / Fanon Discontinuity: To the Faithful Departed was largely disowned by fans for this very reason, with the songs "Free to Decide" and "I Just Shot John Lennon" being particularly singled out as the band's weakest. Not helped by the fact that Dolores O'Riordan had a Creator Breakdown during recording.
  • Awesome Music:
    • Their cover of "Go Your Own Way" by Fleetwood Mac is really something to hear. Dolores O'Riordan's vocals are a perfect fit.
    • "Linger" is incredibly pretty and also incredibly sad.
    • Anvilicious rarely sounds as invigorating and loud as "Zombie."
  • Broken Base / Contested Sequel: Any material after their first two albums falls into this trope.
  • Chorus-Only Song: "Linger."
  • Dork Age: To The Faithful Departed is this for a lot of fans, though said album does have its fans, especially the well-regarded songs such as the punk-influenced "Salvation" and the ballad "When You're Gone".
  • Genius Bonus: The only lyrical hint about Zombie's meaning comes from the line "the same old thing from 1916," a profoundly important year in Irish history. Many critics have noted Zombie is unusual because pop songs rarely reference events from before the artists' lifetimes.
  • Signature Song: Their three biggest hits; "Dreams", "Linger", and "Zombie".
    • To the Faithfully Departed: "Salvation" and "When You're Going".
    • Bury the Hatchet: "Promises" and "Just My Imagination", the latter due to the band's appearance in Charmed.
    • Wake Up and Smell the Coffee: "Analyse"
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: "Zombie", written about The Troubles, tells us "Stop your fighting to think about the children being hurt!"
  • Song Association:
  • Tear Jerker: "Linger" is just heartbreaking, one of the alt-rock era's saddest songs.
    • Perhaps even worse is the title track from No Need To Argue, with only an organ and vocals for instrumentation. It's like listening to a funeral.