Irish rock band the Cranberries became a hit sensation and a leading voice of the female-led alternative rock sound that powered its way through the 1990s following the release of their debut album in 1993. Almost a quarter century has passed since the four-piece group, led by the soaring vocals of Dolores O'Riordan, came onto the scene in the heart of the MTV era with hits like 1992’s “Dreams,” 1993’s “Linger” and 1994’s “Zombie.”
Now it looks like the group is back with an acoustic compilation album and the first single off the new release with a stripped-down, orchestral version of “Linger.”
Set for a release on April 28, their new album, titled Something Else, will reportedly feature 13 acoustic-driven songs, including updated versions of “Dreams” and “Zombie.” The new album will also feature three new songs as the follow up 2012’s Roses. The new LP is only their second studio album since 2001’s Wake Up and Smell the Coffee.
As heard in the video below, the updated version of their 1993 ballad starts out with an eerily-sounding held out violin before being joined by an acoustic guitar and O’Riordan’s warm and familiar vocals.
"'Linger' was the first song I wrote after joining the Cranberries," O'Riordan said to Rolling Stone about their breakout hit to go with the album's announcement on Tuesday. “I was 18, and the youngest member of the band was 16 at the time. We never imagined it'd be such a big hit." O'Riodan continued in saying, "The bittersweet love song still holds all that sentimentality for us personally, which is why we had to include it on this project.”
The band will also reportedly tour throughout Europe in support of the new acoustic album this coming May and June.