Roses

Metascore
59

Mixed or average reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
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  1. Feb 28, 2012
    70
    Overall, this is shaping up to be one of the most amazing albums of the year and will definitely not disappoint any hardcore Cranberries fans and may help them pick up some new converts along the way.
  2. 70
    Arguably mellower, definitely matured, Roses is a collection that will please more than enough people to chart without quite winning best in bloom.
  3. Feb 21, 2012
    70
    Roses may not immediately grab hold--and it's lacking one strong single to pull listeners in--but it's well-constructed adult pop that's unashamed of being either adult or pop.
  4. Mar 13, 2012
    63
    The bulk of Roses is like a spring day in the first week of May - not exactly shocking, but sunny and warm.
  5. 60
    Where Roses shines the brightest is via the textures that gild the album's edges.
  6. Feb 28, 2012
    60
    There are lyrical uh-oh moments ("Schizophrenic Playboy"), but Roses reminds us that note-hammering Brits from Adele to Florence owe Dolly a small debt.
  7. Mojo
    Feb 27, 2012
    60
    Cleverly, it mixes them [stadium rock and Celtic roots] both. [Mar 2012, p.99]
  8. 58
    Stalwart fans may swoon, but Roses, like its title track, just kinda wilts.
  9. Magnet
    Mar 16, 2012
    50
    Even though bombast spawned the band's biggest hit, it sinks a lot of this record's second half. [No. 85, p.53]
  10. Feb 28, 2012
    50
    The group has successfully channeled its signature sound after a decade of silence, but the lack of growth makes Roses feel stuck in the past.
  11. An album which merely proves that the Cranberries haven't lost their knack of saying nothing in a grating way.
  12. 40
    [Shows a] lack of development involved in either the music or the creators' worldview.
User Score
7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 17 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jul 5, 2012
    9
    The band's most compelling work since the glorious days of their fame. Sublime record. By the way, I find quiet unfair and unprofessionalThe band's most compelling work since the glorious days of their fame. Sublime record. By the way, I find quiet unfair and unprofessional from metacritic.com not gathering enough reviews for this album as well as not have previous albums in the database. Full Review »
  2. Feb 29, 2012
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Valio la pena la espera. Me parece un buen album. Dolores O'Riordan demuestra que sigue siendo una de las mejores voces de los ultimos 20 años y mantiene un nivel alto a lo largo de todo el disco. Especialmente en temas como "Waiting In Walthamstow", "Conduct" o "Schizophrenic Playboy" sale a relucir toda su calidad vocal. La banda se muestra madura, compacta y homogenea, haciendo de "Roses" un grato momento. Mas que recomendable Full Review »
  3. Oct 22, 2012
    6
    The Cranberries seem to be at a point where I'm beginning to wonder if they have anything else to offer us. Granted, there are four reallyThe Cranberries seem to be at a point where I'm beginning to wonder if they have anything else to offer us. Granted, there are four really great tracks on this album, but there are also other tracks that really disappoint. It's an album about desperation for companionship, and all it really left me feeling was a desperate want for these guys to kick it back into what made people fall in love with them in the 90's. Full Review »