Music: Bury The Hatchet

The Cranberries

Their tranquil, folky sound was once dubbed "dream pop," so the Irish quartet spent most of the 1990s trying to dispel that label (and its implied wimpyness) by veering into rough-edged rock. Bury the Hatchet deftly reverses course, scaling back the band's vision from the worldly to the personal and unearthing the contemplative style that got lost in layers of guitar noise. The band has rediscovered where its allure lies: in carefully sculpted songs that aren't too overpowering.

--By David E. Thigpen

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