Oh it’s everything I hoped it would be. Juliana Hatfield puts just enough of a rock guitar riff on this Olivia Newton-John cover to make it fresh, but her angelic soprano remains true to the original. It’s like when my older sister used to play her ONJ vinyl records and sing to me. I love it so much.
Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John will be released on April 13, 2018.
I made this ‘Best of the Cranberries’ Spotify playlist for myself ages ago. After the shock of Dolores O’Riordan’s death, it seems appropriate to share. It’s pretty much The Cranberries’ entire first two albums plus a few other songs. I still frequently listen to their debut, which is still very much an excellent and unusual album.
The Cranberries were every bit as much a part of the soundtrack to my high school years as grunge. My group of friends once drove around in the snow just to listen to their entire debut album together on my friend’s car cassette tape (yes I’m that old) player. At that time, we’d never heard anything like it. I pinned the lyrics to their song “Wanted” on my bedroom wall and had a heated debate on The Cranberries vs. The Sundays with a clerk at my local music shop (those glorious pre-internet days!).
Like Chris Cornell, Dolores O’Riordan had an unparalleled voice that didn’t receive nearly as much attention as it deserved.