Dolores O'Riordan: One Year On - The Cranberries Announce Final Album
On the morning of January 15th 2018, news broke that lead singer of The Cranberries, Dolores O'Riordan, had passed away - she was 46. This heartbreaking news was catapulted to even sadder extremes as it was later revealed that her death was a result of a "tragic accident", wherein alcohol intoxication led her to drown in a hotel room bathtub.
O'Riordan was not your average rock star at first glance; her petite frame and sheepish nature gave considerable surprise to the steely, electrifying voice that was emitted when she opened her mouth. Her lyrics were raw and boundless - she narrated hauntingly beautiful stories of heartbreak, politics and national identity that resonated with listeners all around the world.
O'Riordan suffered openly with mental health issues, telling the Rolling Stone in 1995 that she had "a lot of secrets about [her] childhood". Following her seemingly haunting early years, the Irish songstress braved many more adversities, from cutting the band's 1996 tour short due to exhaustion, to being diagnosed with bipolar disorder and anorexia. With all that O'Riordan was going through, she remained a potent example of how music can emanate raw emotion and ultimately be used as a coping mechanism.
As the year anniversary of O'Riordan's death reminds everyone of the talent that encased the singer depsite her troubles, there is a lingering hunger for more of her encapsulating vocals - and The Cranberries have given us fuel to feed that hunger. It has been announced that the band are set to release their final album In The End - a compilation of tracks that the late singer had been working on in the lead up to her passing.
In a statement, Eileen O'Riordan, Dolores' mother, said: “I can’t think of a more fitting way to commemorate the first anniversary of Dolores’ passing and to celebrate her life than to announce to the world the release of her final album with the band”.
The final album will surely bring a beautiful remembrance of the late singer, and exemplify the stunning real-life narratives that music often radiates.
The Cranberries' first single 'All Over Now' from their final record can be listened to here:
Words by Sophie Barnden