The Cranberries
Uncertain


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
May 26th, 2008 | 18 replies


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Uncertain is a nice addition to the collections of long-time fans.

The Cranberries broke onto the scene with Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? in 1993, and went on an impressive ten year run before going on what looks to be a permanent hiatus. Regardless of whether they reform or not (there have been rumours of an EP containing material from sessions back in 2003), the band has left a fairly decent back catalogue. Most of it can be heard on Treasure Box: The Complete Sessions 1991-1999, but barring "Them", which was also appeared on the re-release of Everybody Else is Doing It, Uncertain is a long forgotten gem. The Cranberries' earliest record, it was limited to merely 5,000 on its release in 1991. So it isn't very widely distributed, which is unfortunate as the material found here is quite good, and perhaps better than the majority of their post-1994 works.

Long before The Cranberries filled arenas and wrote politically fuelled rock, they played a low key, laidback style of alt rock; dream pop if you will. As much as I enjoy cuts like "Zombie", "Hollywood", and "Promises", this is where the band seems most comfortable. As result, Uncertain plays out similarly to Everybody Else is Doing It, though without the catchiness. The title track, which is somewhat similar to "Dreams", while not quite as lively, embodies the band's dreamy sound exceedingly well. Arranged perfectly with guitarist Noel Hogan's light strumming is a string section, which helps convey the ethereal qualities of "Uncertain", and makes for a charming song. "Nothing Left At All" features singer Dolores O'Riordan in a more prominent role, as she controls the song's calm demeanour through her anguished (yet somewhat corny at the same time) lyrical imagery. Hogan drops a driving guitar hook during the chorus, diversifying the song without stealing attention from O'Riordan. "Pathetic Senses" is the closest thing to a rock song that you'll hear on the EP. Drummer Fergal Lawler's steady drumming sets the tone of the song before O'Riordan takes over. The track is a fast paced endeavour, but maintains the mellowed out atmosphere that The Cranberries' early material stresses so much.

"Them", which is reminiscent of "Everything I Said" off No Need to Argue (or the other way around, really, since this came first), closes off Uncertain in a melancholic fashion. The song isn't quite as interesting as the three that precede it, but it's a nice, pensive piece which draws on Dolores' soft-spoken vocal effort, and closes the recording nicely. As the EP is only fourteen minutes long, new listeners might as well just look into their first two albums, but Uncertain is a nice addition to the collection of old b-sides for long-time fans.



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Altmer
May 26th 2008


5700 Comments


I need to get more of the rest of their back catalog before I pick this up, but yo, nice review Mike.

taylormemer
May 26th 2008


4961 Comments


Nice review as usual Mike.

A nice addition to long-time fans which I am not, so therefore wont be personally too concerned that I don't have this.

SHOOTME
May 26th 2008


2393 Comments


You're probably going to get review 200 faster than Dethrasher is. Nice review, yet, it's one of you're shortest. Still well done.This Message Edited On 05.26.08

taylormemer
May 26th 2008


4961 Comments


What should length have to do with anything...

SHOOTME
May 26th 2008


2393 Comments


I was just mentioning it... ease up buddy.This Message Edited On 05.26.08

mynameischan
Emeritus
May 26th 2008


17946 Comments


lol dethtrasher

Altmer
May 26th 2008


5700 Comments


dethtrasher lol get it haha I'm so funny!!!!

rasputin
May 31st 2008


14896 Comments


I missed this review. I haven't heard this, but you can be sure I'll be hunting it. Good job, pos'd.

rasputin
June 1st 2008


14896 Comments


yeah, downloaded it now, Pathetic Senses has easily become one of my favourite songs. The other 3 are great too.

Willie
Moderator
June 1st 2008


17283 Comments


I want to check out her solo album, but am waiting to get the Disturbed and Opeth albums first.

Digging: Samael - Hegemony

SHOOTME
June 1st 2008


2393 Comments


[quote=WillFisterbut]
I want to check out her solo album, but am waiting to get the Disturbed and Opeth albums first. [/quote]

I have never heard Disturbed and Opeth uttered in the same sentence before. Not saying Disturbed is bad, just saying they are so unalike.

Willie
Moderator
June 1st 2008


17283 Comments


You're right but if you go through my ratings or even my reviews you'd see that my tastes are wide. I'm actually looking more forward to Disturbed then Opeth. On the subject, though, I like the Cranberries too but probably would never get this album.

SHOOTME
June 1st 2008


2393 Comments


Kid A and ...And Justice For All are my two favorite records.

rasputin
June 1st 2008


14896 Comments


I want to check out her solo album

Have you got most of the Cranberries stuff? I like the solo album, but it's not as good as perhaps 3 of the Cranberries' albums (No Need to Argue, Everyone Else is Doing It..., Bury the Hatchet).

Merkaba33
March 16th 2009


703 Comments


What the hell is this? I didn't know this existed. And it's got an average rating of 4.4?!

rasputin
March 16th 2009


14896 Comments


It's an EP released before their debut. It's one of their best releases. 'Pathetic Senses' is easily in their top five songs, and the other three are all fantastic.

Merkaba33
March 16th 2009


703 Comments


Well I'll definately be looking for this since their first album is my fav. Picked up "Bury The Hatchet" today and just got through it. Pretty dissapointing...

Merkaba33
March 16th 2009


703 Comments


I just found out there is only 5000 copies of this. Sooooo, anyone got a link to this?



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