It could be as tender as an open wound – and as untamed as a lion. In the whole of pop history, there have been few voices as distinctive as that of Dolores O’Riordan. As the lead singer of Irish rock group the Cranberries, her aching sincerity on tracks such as Linger and Dreams gave solace to a generation of angst-ridden youth.
Just what O’Riordan meant to the world was made clear on January 15 last year. That was when she was found dead in a London hotel room, aged just 46. An inquest later ruled that O’Riordan had drowned in the bath after drinking heavily. Thirteen months on, and I meet the Cranberries’ three remaining members at their record label offices, as they prepare for the release...
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