Volume 95, Issue 45

Wednesday, November 21, 2001
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Can-Lit greatness discovered in an Ash Garden

Nothing beats a 15-year-old pianist

Suicide Machines far from dead

Cranberries rule Cherry in the fruit bowl

Cranberries rule Cherry in the fruit bowl

The Cranberries

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee


Four stars
(out of five)

Eight years after releasing their first album, The Cranberries have returned with their fifth release.

Any die-hard fan will quickly realize Wake Up and Smell the Coffee is the album that was expected as a follow-up to the commercial smash, No Need to Argue.

Dolores O'Riordan's trademark voice is great on tracks such as the album opener, "Never Grow Old," while at the same time, there is more than enough material for fans of the harder Cranberries sound.

The bonus track on the North American version of the album, "Capetown" (which sounds like a Bury the Hatchet B-side), fits in perfectly amongst the many mellower songs.

Wake Up and Smell the Coffee is certainly worth a taste.

–Dan Bowyer

Eagle Eye Cherry

Present Future


Two Stars (out of five)

Eagle Eye Cherry has hit a slump.

His new record, Present Future, sounds like a half-assed, overproduced version of his 1998 debut, Desireless.

It sounds like a compilation of Desireless outtakes and unfortunately, the b-sides have little to offer.

Present Future begins with "Been Here Once Before," and yes, he has. The second track, "Are You Still Having Fun," leaves listeners answering, "Hell no!" Moreover, the first single, "Feels So Right," feels wrong – coming off contrived and flat.

All the tracks are lacking musically and lyrically.

The music for "Shades of Gray" derives from Ben Harper at his acoustic guitar-based worst. Furthermore, he even steals the basic chord progression from his "Save Tonight" for the beginning of "Burning Up."

For an artist who once showed some promise, Eagle Eye Cherry has proven to be a disappointment with his latest effort, Present Future.

–Zach Peterson

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