Although Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan may be best known for her alt-rock hit “Zombie,” when she calls Paste from a Toronto hotel, she couldn’t sound more alive.
O’Riordan’s voice, much like when she sings, is full of tonal twists and turns; her deep Irish accent carries her words like a melody. But on this particular evening, there’s more than just the musicality of her voice pushing her energy through the phone; not only has O’Riordan just released her second solo album, No Baggage, but she’s also announced that The Cranberries will reunite for a tour after a seven-year hiatus.
Just when you thought it was safe to start comparing them to Guns N’ Roses the gentlemen of Outkast may finally be coming out of hiatus and back into the spotlight.
The ingredients were all there, too.
Both acts released hugely successful double albums at the peak of their careers (we’ll call “Roses” Outkast’s “November Rain”), then shuttered themselves in the sound booth for years keeping hopes afloat with frequent mentions that, yes, the album is coming.
But while Chinese Democracy, left, well, much to be desired, the new material from Outkast — at least, new solo work from Big Boi (the Slash to Andre 3000′s Axl Rose), that is — is not only great, but also finished, he assured us last night. “The album is done. It’s in the can,” Big Boi told Paste at Atlanta’s Velvet Room. “I’ve been working on it now for two years and nine months. It is ready to be released.”