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."
    • "Dreams."
  • 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 due to its anvilicious nature. That said, that said album does have its fans, especially the well-regarded songs such as the punk-influenced "Salvation" and the doo-woppy ballad "When You're Gone".
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Dolores comments that "It seems good people are always first to drop." in "I'm Still Remembering", mentioning John F. Kennedy a couple of lines later. Dolores herself passed away at the relatively young age of 46, the same age Kennedy was when he was assassinated.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: While they have had success in their native Ireland, the UK, continental Europe and North America, they are very popular in Asian countries. A 2018 BBC News article published after O'Riordan's death explained how the band's popularity had an impact on the continent, most notably Cantopop singer Faye Wong's cover of "Dreams" in Chungking Express and "Zombie" even being used as a teaching aid in some Singapore secondary schools, to educate students about the troubles in Northern Ireland.
  • Genius Bonus: The only lyrical hint about "Zombie"'s meaning comes from the line "the same old theme since 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 Faithful Departed: "Salvation" and "When You're Gone".
    • 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:
  • Wasted Song: Some of their B-Sides, in particular "Reason", "Them" and "So Cold In Ireland", are regarded as better than some album tracks by fans.


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