YMMV / The Cranberries

  • Anvilicious / Fanon Discontinuity: To the Faithful Departed was largely disowned by fans for this very reason, with the songs "Salvation" and "I Just Shot John Lennon" being particularly singled out as the band's weakest.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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