(2002) No Need To Argue (The Complete Sessions 1994-1995)

The Cranberries

... read moreWith their surprise success behind them, the Cranberries went ahead and essentially created a sequel to Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We with only tiny variations, with mixed results. The fact that the album is essentially a redo of previously established stylistic ground isn't apparent...

01:11′:53″ 18 Songs

1
Ode To My Family
The Cranberries
4:31
2
I Can't Be With You
The Cranberries
3:07
3
Twenty One
The Cranberries
3:08
4
Zombie
The Cranberries
5:07
5
Empty
The Cranberries
3:26
6
Everything I Said
The Cranberries
3:53
7
The Icicle Melts
The Cranberries
2:54
8
Disappointment
The Cranberries
4:14
9
Ridiculous Thoughts
The Cranberries
4:31
10
Dreaming My Dreams
The Cranberries
3:37
11
Yeats' Grave
The Cranberries
2:59
12
Daffodil Lament
The Cranberries
6:06
13
No Need To Argue
The Cranberries
2:56
14
Away
The Cranberries
2:38
15
I Don't Need
The Cranberries
3:31
16
(They Long To Be) Close To You
The Cranberries
2:39
17
So Cold In Ireland
The Cranberries
4:44
18
Zombie (Camel's Hump Mix (Box Set Bonus Track))
The Cranberries
7:52
Released 01 January 2002, ℗ 2002 The Island Def Jam Music Group

Review

With their surprise success behind them, the Cranberries went ahead and essentially created a sequel to Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We with only tiny variations, with mixed results. The fact that the album is essentially a redo of previously established stylistic ground isn't apparent in just the production, handled again by Stephen Street, or the overall sound, or even that one particularly fine song is called "Dreaming My Dreams." Everybody wasn't a laugh riot, to be sure, but No Need to Argue starts to see O'Riordan take a more commanding and unfortunately much more self-conscious role that ended up not standing the band in good stead later. Lead single "Zombie" is the worst offender in this regard -- the heavy rock trudge isn't immediately suited for the band's strengths (notably, O'Riordan wrote this without Noel Hogan) -- while the subject matter -- the continuing Northern Ireland tensions -- ends up sounding trivialized. Opening cut "Ode to My Family" is actually one of the band's best, with a lovely string arrangement created by O'Riordan, but her overdubbed vocals start showing her distinct vocal tics becoming a bit more gimmicky at the expense of the performance. Where No Need succeeds best is when the Cranberries stick at what they know, resulting in a number of charmers like "Twenty One," the uilleann pipes-touched "Daffodil's Lament," which has an epic sweep that doesn't overbear like "Zombie," and the evocative "Disappointment." [No Need to Argue: The Complete Sessions adds the Carpenters cover "(They Long to Be) Close to You," a remix of "Zombie," and a bonus track, "So Cold in Ireland."] ~ Ned Raggett