Just one year after the passing of lead singer Dolores O’Riordan, The Cranberries have released the first single – ‘All Over Now’ – from their upcoming final release, In The End, slated to release on April 26th.

“Dolores was so energized by the prospect of making this record and to getting back out on the road to play the songs live,” recalls Noel.

The remaining band members: Fergal Lawler, Noel Hogan, and Mike Hogan listened to what they had recorded, along with Dolores’ family, and made the decision to release it as planned.

Speaking about the band’s concerns at the time Noel said, “we knew this had to be one of the, if not the, best Cranberries album that we could possibly do. The worry was that we would destroy the legacy of the band by making an album that wasn’t up to standard. Once we had gone through all the demos that Dolores and I had worked on and decided that we had such a strong album we knew it would be the right thing and the best way that we could honour Dolores.”

This is a great move by the band, and I truly think that this is what Dolores would have wanted. Having spent some time with the band whenever they came through Boston, I have such a soft spot for them, and they make up a lot of the musical memories of my earlier days. Fans of The Cranberries will love this new CD, and it is great to see that this also has the stamp of approval from O’Riordan’s mother:

“I miss her awfully, specially today, as does the entire family. That said I can’t think of a more fitting way to commemorate the first anniversary of her passing and to celebrate her life than to announce to the world the release of her final album with the band. She was very excited about this new album and was really looking forward to its release. I have no doubt that she is happy now and would be delighted with today’s announcement.”

Give a listen to the track, and be on the lookout this spring for In The End.

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