2012 seemed to be the return of several bands from the early '90's so it would only makes sense to see The Cranberries jump into the mix with Roses, their first new album in over a decade.
Returning a little less angry and somber with a stronger sense of confidence seems to hurt the once fragile, yet appealing, sound of The Cranberries. It's no secret that Dolores O'Riordan's voice was the strongest thing about the band, so it's nice to hear that's still the same only now stripped of it's dream-like reverb effects, grounding the lovely airiness of that as well. It's a lukewarm return that really wasn't necessary at all.
2 OBE's out of 5