Album: Dolores O'Riordan, No Baggage (Cooking Vinyl)

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The title presumablymeans she's left her tanksand her bombs behind.Small mercies.

But theyodelling harridan whomade The Cranberriesinto one of Ireland's mostirritating exports hasn'tchanged her ways. Thehorrible autopilot poprockjangling whichdefines all of No Baggageexists merely as a backdropfor her caterwauling.Not just any caterwauling,mind, but caterwaulingthe Hallmark platitudes ofthe chronically un-bright:"Life/ It's a wonderfulride/ It's a difficult ride/An unpredictable ride" isnot atypical.

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