The Cranberries will soon close the curtain on their career with In the End, their last album Dolores O’Riordan worked on before her passing last January. The Irish band just released its poignant title track yesterday.
O’Riordan’s breathy, unmistakable voice takes center-stage on this number, over strums of acoustic guitar, mournful strings and other percussive embellishments. Her regret is palpable: “Ain’t it strange when everything you wanted was nothing that you wanted in the end?” she ponders, over and over.
“In the End” was the last song the remaining members of The Cranberries worked on when putting this final record together. “I didn’t feel it was right to work on it until we had achieved recording the major part of the album,” their longtime producer Stephen Street told Rolling Stone. “I wanted the band to emotionally feel as if it was a conclusion.”
“It’s a very emotional song,” guitarist Noel Hogan added. “You want all this when you start out, you want everything, but then you get it and it’s not really what you think it is. At some point in our careers, we’ve all felt that way.”