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  • Summary: Yes, apparently they ARE still around. This is the Irish group's sixth album since 1993, and their first with original producer Stephen Street in some time.
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  1. 80
    Wake Up... is the set of inspired anthems they needed to deliver in '96. [Oct/Nov 2001, p.103]
  2. Whatever angst might have settled under the surface has been swept clean and in its place a jubilant spiritual quest in is place.
  3. 70
    This record is strictly Music For Adults, with songs about kids and real love and life.... Essentially, it is soothing background music for troubled times.
  4. So, even if it's wrapped in new clothing, this is essentially a return to basics, and it's a welcome one, since it's melodic, stately, and somber.
  5. The band sounds strong but derivative of its own best work.
  6. It's official: Dolores O'Riordan is rock's most vapid lyricist. [26 Oct 2001, p.125]

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  1. NseE.
    Jun 10, 2002
    9
    Excellent! Brilliant, bright happy tunes like 'I only hope' and 'This is the day', beautiful ballads like 'Every morning' and the haunting 'Pretty eyes', the Cranberries back doing what they do best. Expand
  2. bryana
    Aug 7, 2004
    9
    ive always been a huge cranberries fan, ever since the first album. this one is better than 'bury the hatchet' i guess. i like the melodies more. it sounds simpler too, closer to heart. i like wake up, every morning, and of course analyse. the cranberries rocks!!! i cnt wait for the next album. Expand
  3. Aug 29, 2010
    8
    Such a shame this album is lyrically poor, it could've been the bend's best effort since their debut. Musically speaking, the album is sublime. Very calm, ethereal, melodic. The opening "Never Grow Old" has that bittersweet feeling that is so typical for The Cranberries, "Analyse" has an amazing drum indie beggining and catchy vibrant guitar, "Time Is Ticking Out" is very elegant and brity.. "This Is The Day", aside that is similar with the "Zombie" in some parts, is a real indie monster and the title track goes with the best songs this band ever made. The Smiths-like "Do You Know", "Every Morning" and closing track "Chocolate Brown" are the albums highlights in my opinion. All in all, I'm glad the band decided to stop with this album. Decent way to go hiatus and nice place to start from again. 8/10 Expand
  4. wonkwonkle
    Oct 25, 2001
    5
    Hit and miss. A few decent tunes, and some really boring ones. Dolores does have a good, unique voice, but the voice needs stronger music to buttress it. Expand

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