When I first heard Zombie by The Cranberries in mid-nineties, it got stuck in my head for months. Despite of falling in love with the song, I didn’t immediately become a fan, because the rest of their songs didn’t really resemble Zombie. But a few years later, an old classmate of mine did a presentation of The Cranberries at a music class, and she played a couple of their newer songs. I was awestruck! I understood that I had been missing out on all those wonderful songs. “Bury the Hatchet” had just come out, and I listened to it on repeat. It’s still one of my favorite albums of all time.
Unconsciously stolen melodies
The Cranberries are masters of conveying a feeling, and their melodies are very pretty. I have caught myself a couple of times stealing parts of their melodies, just like I’ve stolen phrases from the Pet Shop Boys – totally unconsciously. These songs are soldered into my motherboard. Of course I will always change the parts that I recognize as derivatives of a melody that already exists.
I like Dolores’ solo work too, though not as much as the albums she did together with the rest of The Cranberries.
Though it sucks to lose one more great musician, the vast back catalogue of The Cranberries and Dolores will help us get over it. If you’re not familiar with their discography, I recommend listening to “Bury The Hatchet” or “Wake Up And Smell The Coffee”. All of their albums are wonderful, but these are probably a bit less known masterpieces.