Yesterday marked a year since the passing of The Cranberries’ frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan. As a tribute to the iconic singer, the Irish band have released “All Over Now,” the first song from what will be their final album, In the End.
Sonically, the tune hails from the rockier, hard-edged corner of The Cranberries’ discography. But O’Riordan’s softened vocals endow “All Over Now” with a tenderness that balances out the grittier instrumentation—and will no doubt bring tears to eyes of fans the world over.
According to a message The Cranberries posted on Facebook, by December 2017 O’Riordan had recorded the vocals to “final demo stage” on the album’s 11 songs. The band had planned to return to the studio in early 2018 to finish the record, but after O’Riordan died, the group “took some time out and put all plans on hold.”
“As time passed, we began to think about how we might best honor our close friend and bandmate. This was a very painful process,” they wrote. “We remembered how Dolores had been so energized by the prospect of making this record and getting back out on the road to play the songs live, and realised that the most meaningful thing to do was to finish the album we had started with her. We felt that this is what she would want. We spoke with Dolores’ family and they agreed.”
In the same message, Noel Hogan, Mike Hogan and Fergal Lawler effectively confirmed that In the End, which will be out April 26, will be The Cranberries’ final album. Finishing the album was “a very emotional process for us,” they wrote. “Knowing that we would never get to play these songs live made it even more difficult. There was also an overwhelming sense of finality knowing that this was the last time that we would be in the same studio together working on a Cranberries album.”
RIP, Dolores O’Riordan. Listen to “All Over Now” below: