MUSIC: CIVIL PROTESTS

THE CRANBERRIES MOVE FROM THE PERSONAL TO THE POLITICAL

One rarely watches a congressional filibuster on C-SPAN and thinks--hey, add a guitar lick and this would make a really rockin' song. Still, politics, or at least social commentary, can add an invigorating edge to pop music, and it's something too many musicians shy away from. What are they afraid of? Doesn't singing for the umpteenth time some ditty about a troublesome lover or adolescent angst get a little tired after a while?

The Irish rock group the Cranberries braves the move from the personal to the political with a superb new CD, To the Faithful Departed, that is shot through...

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