More than five years since releasing their sixth and most recent studio album, 2012’s Roses, the Cranberries are set to unveil their latest album entitled Something Else. Arriving in stores tomorrow, April 28th, Something Else is technically billed as a new studio album, though the Irish quartet’s 13-track effort features acoustic re-recordings of ten previous singles, alongside three new tracks (“The Glory,” “Rupture,” “Why”), all accompanied by string arrangements courtesy of the Irish Chamber Orchestra.
In parallel, the group have also announced that their acclaimed 1993 debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We? will be reissued on wax this June, the first time the LP has emerged on vinyl since its original pressings 24 years ago. Arguably best known for the band’s first two singles—“Dreams” and “Linger,” both of which reappear in acoustic form on Something Else—Everybody Else Is Doing It marked the Cranberries’ breakthrough moment, securing their household-name identity both internationally and stateside.
From beginning to finish and with melodies in droves, the 12-track inaugural effort offers far more than their most immediately familiar fare, showcasing frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan and guitarist Noel Hogan’s penchant for introspective and affecting songcraft. Nearly a quarter century later, each song remains a standout, with “Sunday,” “Waltzing Back,” and “Wanted” my personal favorites, for what it’s worth.
Mastered by Sean Magee from the original stereo tapes at Abbey Road Studios, the 180-gram vinyl reissue surfaces via the Analog Spark imprint on June 16th, so be sure to reserve your copy of this divine LP now.