The Cranberries
No Need to Argue


4.5
superb

Review

by Mike Stagno EMERITUS
August 25th, 2006 | 71 replies | 19,900 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


When a successful band releases a brand new album, the critics will always compare it to what has so far been the band's maximum opus. This will continue for the rest of the band's career until they top that one album. Now, I'm not too familiar with the Alt. Rock scene of the 1990's, so I'm not going to try to think up some half-assed examples, but you most likely have an idea of what I'm talking about. For Irish alternative rock band, The Cranberries, this album is their second release, No Need to Argue. To this day No Need to Argue is The Cranberries most successful album with over 16 million copies sold. Released in 1994, the album also contains some of the band's most well known work, with songs like Zombie and Ode to My Family. In 2002, No Need to Argue was re-released with several bonus tracks (that I have not yet had the chance to hear).

Many of No Need to Argue's 13 tracks are emotional, mellow affairs with the listener. Songs such as Twenty-One, Dreaming My Dreams, Empty, and Everything I Said show The Cranberries at their softest. The focal point of these ballad-esque songs is obviously vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, as the other members of the band tend to not stick out, with rather simple rhythms. Other songs, such as the opener, Ode to My Family, the epic Daffodil Lament, and I Can't Be With You are also pretty mellow themselves, however, the rest of the band generally participates and stands out more in these songs, giving them an extra edge energetically. Of course, the band changes things up with the atypical Zombie, and the mid paced rocker, Ridiculous Thoughts. With 13 tracks, there is surprisingly very little filler. In fact, the only track that could be considered filler, is the title track, No Need to Argue, as it is just features Dolores speaking over a quiet tune. Through the several varieties of songs, No Need to Argue flows perfectly with little, if any, awkward moments. The result is about 47 minutes of enjoyable music.

A very large part of No Need to Argue's appeal comes from the pipes of singer Dolores O'Riordan. Her singing doesn't vary as much as in the band's next release, but she does a beautiful job on songs like Ode to My Family and I Can't Be With You. Aside from the aforementioned tracks, Delores does a superb job on both Zombie and Ridiculous Thoughts. The former is one of the band's most well known songs, and for good reason. Among the album's highlights is O'Riordan waling out the song's chorus, which is perhaps the most memorable moment in the band's history. The later song shows off Dolores with an energetic feeling present in her vocals. Like with Zombie, the result is very catchy and will be remembered even several days after listening to the song. No Need to Argue is arguably Dolores' finest effort, surpassing all that came before and after.

With twelve strong songs, The Cranberries second album, No Need to Argue, is definitely the band's essential album. Some of the band's most memorable outings can be found on the album, with the likes of Zombie, Ode to My Family and Daffodil Lament taking the lead. There will be no sophomore slump in The Cranberries' camp, as No Need to Argue is a very solid effort from the Irish band. If you're looking to pick up an album from this band, I would definitely recommend this album to those try to get into the band, as it shows the band at its best and does not disappoint.

Recommended Tracks:
Zombie
Ode to My Family
Yeat's Grave
Ridiculous Thoughts
I Can't Be With You



Recent reviews by this author
Funeral for a Friend ConduitPropagandhi Failed States
Tycho DiveMegadeth Th1rt3en
Fair to Midland Arrows and AnchorsArch Enemy Khaos Legions
user ratings (258)
Chart.
3.9
excellent
other reviews of this album
Archelaos (5)
You'll always be special to me....


Comments:Add a Comment 
The Jungler
August 25th 2006



4827 Comments


Good review and stuff. These guys are pretty annoying, but they have some great tunes.

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
August 25th 2006



15732 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this album and was planning to review it before my sister borrowed it. The first four are great.

Mikesn
Emeritus
August 25th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Yeah the first four are great, some of my favourite songs from this band. The last minute of Daffodil Lament is also very interesting.

morrissey
Moderator
August 26th 2006



1688 Comments


Damn it everyone was reviewing albums on my to-do list while I was away. Shows you what procrastination gets you.

Love it.

Mikesn
Emeritus
August 26th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

To tell you the truth, I've been procrastinating on this review since around the end of May. :smoke:

Featured? Nice...

Iluvatar
Staff Reviewer
August 26th 2006



16083 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Can you use any other code for songs except bolding them? It's really ugly. lyk omg italics underlining or even quotes look nicer and work the same.
Anyways, Zombie was one of the best songs of all time, period. This was the only album I ever bought by them though, and it was pretty damn good.

heyseuss
August 26th 2006



384 Comments


Speaking of bolding, you messed one up in the last paragraph. Good review anyway. Can't say much for the band though.

Mikesn
Emeritus
August 26th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I guess it isn't as effective as it was in tbt's. I'll see what I can do.

morrissey
Moderator
August 26th 2006



1688 Comments


[quote=mikesn]Featured? Nice...[/quote]

No mod bias here, no way.

heyseuss
August 26th 2006



384 Comments


Just use 'song' for songs, it looks alot more readable.

Mikesn
Emeritus
August 26th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I'll experiment over my next few reviews to see what suits them best.


No mod bias here, no way.

:o

Activista anti-MTV
August 26th 2006



3139 Comments


Good review. I got some Crannberries stuff, they're alright

Rocksta71
November 30th 2006



1023 Comments


Zombie is Friggen' increadible!
Fun to play on the guitar too.

Mikesn
Emeritus
November 30th 2006



3709 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I like playing that melody at the end of the song. It's pretty simple, but it is indeed fun.

MeowMeow
June 27th 2007



662 Comments


I got this on a whim, and I'm listening to it now. Great great great stuff.

rasputin
November 2nd 2007



14540 Comments


Dolores O'Riordan's voice owns me. I'm completely captivated when she's singing.This Message Edited On 11.02.07

Altmer
November 2nd 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this album is rockcakes

Altmer
December 4th 2007



5652 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

how come this review isn't more popular this is a great album

rasputin
January 2nd 2008



14540 Comments


It's beyond me Altmer. I've been putting this on again lately, it's fabulous.

Merkaba33
April 8th 2008



702 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i can't believe id never heard zombie. its such a great song. more chicks should be in rock bands. except for evanescence cuz i don't like them.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy