Wake Up and Smell the Coffee It's official: Dolores O'Riordan is rock's most vapid lyricist, Over-25 and Heartfelt division. "Birds in the sky/They look so high"..."Don't analyze/Don't go that way/Don't live… Wake Up and Smell the Coffee It's official: Dolores O'Riordan is rock's most vapid lyricist, Over-25 and Heartfelt division. "Birds in the sky/They look so high"..."Don't analyze/Don't go that way/Don't live… 2001-10-23 The Cranberries
Music Review

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee (2001)

EW's GRADE
C-

Details Release Date: Oct 23, 2001; Lead Performance: The Cranberries

It's official: Dolores O'Riordan is rock's most vapid lyricist, Over-25 and Heartfelt division. ''Birds in the sky/They look so high''...''Don't analyze/Don't go that way/Don't live that way/That would paralyze your evolution''...''Looks like we've screwed up the ozone layer/I wonder if the politicians cay-ay-are.'' Yikes -- we're just three numbers in! At least original producer Stephen Street is back, making a few tracks into palatable ear candy, and O'Riordan has traded stridency for softer tones. If only soft-headedness didn't come with the territory.

Originally posted Oct 26, 2001 Published in issue #622 Oct 26, 2001 Order article reprints
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