No Baggage - Dolores O'Riordan
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  • Summary: The former Cranberries' lead singer releases her second solo album.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. A more confident, complete record than its predecessor, No Baggage sees Dolores O'Riordan building on old strengths, while broadening her artistic scope farther than it's been in thirteen years.
  2. These clean, open arrangements tend to make the songs seem catchier than they actually are--the hooks don't grab, they repeat like softened incantations that never quite catch hold--but that does give No Baggage an nice, gentle shimmer that's appealing.
  3. Former Cranberries woman gives us too much of a good thing.
  4. Regardless of how good the voice is, if the music does not follow suit then there's only so far you can get.
  5. She retains a beautiful voice, but this sophomore solo album is undone by a batch of not-so-great songs. She wallows in more melodrama than might be expected, while trying to be self-consciously profound.
  6. 20
    It's grisly. [Sep 2009, p.90]
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. CristóbalG.
    Aug 29, 2009
    I personally loved it, I think most of the songs have really interesting arrangements and stuff, but I'm still able to understand some critics' opinions, it's not perfect at all, but if you were a Cranberries' fan or you like good Pop/Rock music with some experiments here and there, you'll probably enjoy this. Expand
  2. JamesP
    Aug 29, 2009
    Dolores O'Riordan voice is still solid and beautiful as ever. But the music is a major let down, this vanilla album has absolutely nothing that stands out. If your going to check out this album, my recommended track is Be Careful. Definitely an album for time to forget. Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2010
    The opening track "Switch Off The Moment" is very good. Nice bass line, awesome vocal delivery. "Skeleton" is a major let down on the album. It desperately tries to be catchy and powerful but remains shallow and O'riordan's singing is pro-forma though there are few fine modulations. "It's You" is one of the albums highlights. It captures the bittersweetness of some Cranberries older songs. "The Journey" is very 90's but yet another summer hit, nothing more nothing less. "Stupid" is a nice piano ballad sung with a lots of emotions. "Apple Of My Eye" is again here, reworked from the O'Riordan's debut and though this version is more airy, I prefer the originial one. "Be Careful" shows again that O'Riordan is the Madam of choruses and backing vocals. "Throw Your Arms Around Me" is rather failure as well as "Fly Through". But the album's last two songs are what is really special about this sophomore effort. "Lunatic" and "Tranquilizer" are simply great tracks. "No Baggage" is consistent enough and it's a brighter and easier to listen to than "Are You Listening". Still, there are no stunner on this album and it doesn't intrigue the listener. Expand