Long live The Cranberries.
One year after lead singer Dolores O’Riordan unexpectedly passed away, the spirit and music of The Cranberries lives on.
Today (January 15), the remaining members of the band revealed details of The Cranberries’ final album, In the End, featuring vocals recorded before O’Riordan’s death one year ago today. The album is scheduled for release on April 26.
“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,” said the singer’s mother, Eileen O’Riordan, in a press statement.
“I miss her awfully, especially today, as does the entire family,” she added. “She was very excited about this new album and was really looking forward to its release. I have no doubt that she is happy now and would be delighted with today’s announcement.”
Along with the album announcement, the band has shared the first single from the forthcoming album, “All Over Now.”
The bright and upbeat track features chiming guitars and O’Riordan’s immediately recognizable vocal stylings.
“Dolores was so energized by the prospect of making this record and getting back out on the road to play the songs live,” shared band member Noel Hogan.
“We knew this had to be one of the, if not the, best Cranberries album that we could possibly do. The worry was that we would destroy the legacy of the band by making an album that wasn’t up to standard,” Hogan revealed. “Once we had gone through all the demos that Dolores and I had worked on and decided that we had such a strong album we knew it would be the right thing and the best way that we could honour Dolores.”
Chicago rapper Vic Mensa is also honoring the late Cranberries singer with a new cover version of the band’s 1993 hit, “Zombie.” It’s the first song from Mensa’s new punk project, 93PUNX.
“93PUNX is a band I created to express things outside of rap,” Mensa said in a press release. “We connected to ‘Zombie’ because we were born from violence. RIP Dolores.”
Listen to the 93PUNX version of “Zombie” below. FL