Are You Listening Review

artist: Dolores O'Riordan date: 04/09/2009 category: compact discs
Dolores O'Riordan: Are You Listening
Released: May 7, 2007
Genre: Rock
Label: Sequel Records, Sanctuary Records
Number Of Tracks: 12
Are You Listening? is Dolores O'Riordan's debut solo album. As of January 2008, the album has sold near 350,000 copies worldwide.
 Sound: 8
 Lyrics: 9
 Overall Impression: 10
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overall: 9
Are You Listening Reviewed by: Gas4226, on april 09, 2009
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Sound: If you think that Dolores O'Riordan for had been being the Cranberries's front-singer, she will be sound like her former band, well let me tell you that you are wrong. O'Riodan just turned to sound much more mature, deeper, darker and personal. The music is atmospheric, haunting, cheery and clean at the same time. There's indie rock, indie pop, alt rock, acoustic, and even songs with a post-grunge and goth-rock oriented sounds. The great thing about it is that you can listen to the whole album without skipping tracks, something very hard to find nowadays. The sound of each song is interesting and different. Songs such as ''Black Widow'' starts with a melodic-haunting piano, and then gets hard rocking in the chorus. ''In the Garden'', ''Stay With Me'' are pretty cool heavy alt rock songs, like one of those songs which start slowly and something kind of acoustic, improving with piano and violin which then go off like a bomb on your face. The other songs are something kind of good indie stuff. // 8

Lyrics: The lyrics of these songs sometimes convey a sense of pain or loss - probably due to events she's endured the last couple of years (multiple deaths of those close to her). The lyrics also convey at times her inner struggle with coping and accepting loss (if you're gone, why are you still here? Don't come near, I don't want to cry any more. Memories, illusion versus reality). In fact are in a good way excellent lyrics, sometimes confusing, but you will understand if you get into the song. Dolores still has tremendous vocal ability and she doesn't seek to hide that fact. Many of her songs rely on straight-forward vocal/falsetto/vocal/falsetto. Which gives her that unique lilting sound. // 9

Overall Impression: There's such a variety on this album that it'll be easy for most people to find a few songs they like. This album is like mix on a tape some of Evanescence, Avril Lavigne's ''Under My Skin'' album, Liz Phair, Tori Amos and Fiona Apple. Things I loved from the album are the variety of instrumental sounds, and Dolores's vocal abilities. Are You Listening? Is a pretty good album to recommend! // 10

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