The Cranberries are back! And Soul Sisters was graced with a very special guest to tell us all about it: Dolores O’Riordan, the singing prodigy of Limerick, Ireland, whose iconic voice and evocative songwriting led The Cranberries to international superstardom in the ’90s with such hits as “Linger,” “Zombie” and “Dreams.” With the new Cranberries album Something Else due April 28 — which combines new versions of old hits alongside totally new tracks and accompanied by the Irish Chamber Orchestra — we asked O’Riordan to explain how she’s managed to overcome the pitfalls of fame that struck at such a young age to mature into a formidable veteran artist who has finally found the time to properly grow up.
From the chauvinism she encountered in the music industry early on (“Not everybody wanted a female to be the front face of a big band, you know…You had to be three times better than a man had to be”) to the inspirations behind her biggest songs (“‘
Linger’ was first kiss and then ‘Dreams’ was first love) to her secret to sustaining a career that began over 25 years ago (“I know I have to protect my health and my mental health”), O’Riordan does not hold back.
Listen to the full episode below, hosted by Jessie Katz and Darah Golub, and be sure to subscribe to Soul Sisters on iTunes for all past and future episodes!