R.I.P. Dolores O’Riordan of The Cranberries

The Cranberries Dolores O'Riordan

Irish songwriter Dolores O’Riordan, most famously of The Cranberries, has passed away at the age of 46. A statement from her publicist says that O’Riordan was in London for a recording session, but not further details are available at this time.

O’Riordan was born and raised in Limerick, Ireland, attributing to her iconic accent and vocal style. The youngest of seven children, in 1990 she auditioned for a band called The Cranberry Saw Us. She got the gig and the band would go on to change their name to The Cranberries. Their 1993 debut album, Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?, became an international success propelled by singles “Dreams” and “Linger.” The band recorded six albums across two decades, most recently with their 2012 LP Roses. In 2007, O’Riordan released her first solo album Are You Listening? and quickly followed it up with 2009’s No Baggage. Most recently she fronted the super group D.A.R.K. with Ole Koretsky and The Smiths’ Andy Rourke, releasing their album Science Agreein 2016.

O’Riordan was a fierce performer with a definitive vocal styling, bringing a bit of the spirit of Limerick to the rest of the world. Her songwriting style as well, which often veered toward confessional, captured millions across the world. Join us in remembering her legacy by revisiting some of her work in The Cranberries, solo, and beyond below.

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