Friday, 28 November 2014
Oliver: The Cranberries - Uncertain (9 November 1991)
The title of this track reflects my own feelings over its inclusion on this blog. The first couple of times that I listened to the recording from 9/11/91, this song pretty much by-passed me. It wasn't until the 4th or 5th listen that it struck me as a selection for that metaphorical mixtape.
From 1993-96, The Cranberries were one of the great marmite bands and it was all around That Voice. For every Linger that made you want to clasp Delores O'Riordan to your breast and never let her go, there was an Ode to my Family or Zombie which made people push her away and reach for the aspirin. (I just re-listened to both of those songs while writing this post and found them both much better than I remembered them being. Perhaps, it's a consequence of getting older).
Uncertain is closer in tone to the sweeter end of the Cranberries sound than any of their more abrasive or socially conscious songs. Indeed, I vacillate from listen to listen between finding it blandly saccharine or beautifully stirring. It makes it on to the mixtape, but I think I would probably wonder how, 90% of the time. See what you make of it.
After the October 1991 release of this EP, the Cranberries spent most of the following year working on their debut album, which when it finally emerged in March 1993 would make them into stars and O'Riordan into, briefly, one of the most recognisable women in the world.
Video courtesy of Delores O'Riordan TV.