The Cranberries have revealed that they’re planning to release their final album in 2019, which features vocals from late singer Dolores O’Riordan.
Back in January, the music world was shocked by the “sudden” and “unexplained” passing of The Cranberries’ singer, 46-year-old Dolores O’Riordan. Soon after, fans began to speculate wildly about the future of the group, and whether they had vaults full of unreleased material that would see the light of day. Now, the band have spoken about what the future holds.
In a statement released on their website today, The Cranberries’ Fergal Lawler, and Mike & Noel Hogan revealed plans for the group to finalise the album they had been working on at the time of O’Riordan’s death, in addition to releasing a reissue of their debut record.
“This month marks the 25th anniversary of the release of our debut album Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can’t We. In recent weeks we have had a number of media enquiries asking if we were planning anything to commemorate this milestone,” the band members stated.
“We can confirm that since last summer the band had been working with Universal Music on the creation of a very special 25th anniversary edition of the album, a newly re mastered version with previously unreleased material of ours as well as other bonus material from the era of our debut album. We had planned to release this special edition this month to coincide with the 25th anniversary. However, given Dolores’ passing in January we put the entire project on hold.”
“In recent weeks we revisited this,” they continued. “After much consideration we have decided to finish what we started. We thought about it and decided that as this is something that we started as a band, with Dolores, we should push ahead and finish it. So that’s the plan, to finish the project and get the special 25th anniversary edition album out later this year.”
“We will also be completing the recording of a new studio album as previously announced, which we also started last year and for which Dolores had already recorded the vocals. All going well we hope to have this new album finished and out early next year,” they concluded.
“We will keep you all up to date as things progress.”
Between 1989 and 2003, The Cranberries released five records, including No Need To Argue and To The Faithful Departed, which reached #1 on the Australian charts in 1994 and 1996 respectively. Following a six-year hiatus, the group reconvened and recorded two more albums, with their final release, Something Else, dropping in April of 2017.
While at this stage, the group haven’t released too many details, fans can definitely rest easy knowing that there’s still more music coming from the Irish rockers, despite recent events.