Bury the Hatchet (album)

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Bury the Hatchet
Studio album by The Cranberries
Released April 19, 1999
Recorded 1998–99
Genre Alternative rock
Length 50:58
Label Island
Producer Benedict Fenner
The Cranberries chronology
To the Faithful Departed
Bury the Hatchet
Wake Up and Smell the Coffee
Singles from Bury the Hatchet
  1. "Promises"
    Released: 10 March 1999
  2. "Animal Instinct"
    Released: 5 July 1999
  3. "Just My Imagination"
    Released: 20 September/15 October 1999
  4. "You and Me"
    Released: 10 March 2000
  5. "Copycat"
    Released: July 2000 (promo only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club (unfavourable)[2]
Chicago Tribune (unfavourable)[3]
Entertainment Weekly D[4]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[5]
NME (3/10)[6]
Robert Christgau (2-star Honorable Mention)[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[9]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[10]

Bury the Hatchet is the fourth studio album by Irish rock band The Cranberries, released in 1999. In the US, the album has sold 377,000 copies as of April 2007 and received a gold certification on 2 June 1999.[11]

The album is the first album released by the band after their first hiatus, which began in 1996. Dolores had taken that time to heal from stress-induced diseases, and also had her first child, Taylor, during this period. This last fact reflected on some of the tracks in the album, mainly on "Animal Instinct" and "You and Me".

The themes of the songs vary from maternity and children to divorce and child abuse. The album cover, which was designed by Storm Thorgerson,[12] was later featured in Pitchfork Media's list of "The Worst Record Covers of All Time", which stated "Storm Thorgerson's artwork fluctuates between the iconic and the inane. This one falls into the latter category."[13]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Dolores O'Riordan, all music composed by O'Riordan and Noel Hogan except tracks 3, 8, 10 and 13 by O'Riordan.

No. Title Length
1. "Animal Instinct"   3:31
2. "Loud and Clear"   2:45
3. "Promises"   5:27
4. "You and Me"   3:35
5. "Just My Imagination"   3:41
6. "Shattered"   3:42
7. "Desperate Andy"   3:44
8. "Saving Grace"   3:08
9. "Copycat"   2:53
10. "What's on My Mind"   3:12
11. "Delilah"   3:32
12. "Fee Fi Fo"   4:47
13. "Dying in the Sun"   3:32
14. "Sorry Son" (Not available on the North American edition) 3:25
Total length:


  • Dolores O'Riordan – vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Noel Hogan – acoustic and electric guitars
  • Mike Hogan – bass guitar
  • Fergal Lawler – drums and percussion


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[14] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[15] Gold 25,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[17] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[18] Gold 250,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[19] Gold 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[20] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[21] Platinum 50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[22] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[23] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Thompson, Stephen (19 April 1999). "The Cranberries: Bury The Hatchet | Music | Music Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (2 May 1999). "Cranberries Bury the Hatchet (Island)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  4. ^ Willman, Chris (30 April 1999). "Bury the Hatchet Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  5. ^ Gardner, Elysa (25 April 1999). "In Brief (THE CRANBERRIES, "Bury the Hatchet", Island)". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  6. ^ "NME Album Reviews – Bury The Hatchet". NME. 8 March 1999. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  7. ^ "CG: The Cranberries". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  8. ^ Berger, Arion (13 May 1999). "The Cranberries: Bury The Hatchet : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-14. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  9. ^ The Cranberries – Bury the Hatchet (staff review) | Sputnikmusic
  10. ^ Gundersen, Edna (11 May 1999). "Snoop unleashes a funky 'Dogg' Cranberries' uneven 'Hatchet'; Gergiev's powerhouse Tchaikovsky". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  11. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  12. ^ "The Cranberries & Dolores O'Riordan Russian Fan-Site". The-cranberries.ru. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  13. ^ http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/6194-the-worst-record-covers-of-all-time/
  15. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Cranberries – Bury the Hatchet" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Cranberries in the field Interpret. Enter Bury the Hatchet in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Cranberries – Bury the Hatchet". Music Canada. 
  17. ^ "French album certifications – Cranberries – Bury the Hatchet" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  18. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Cranberries; 'Bury the Hatchet')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  19. ^ "Polish album certifications – Cranberries – Bury the Hatchet" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). 
  20. ^ "Discos de platino y oro 1999". El Mundo (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 12 March 2005. Retrieved 14 July 2012. 
  21. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Cranberries; 'Bury the Hatchet')". Hung Medien. 
  22. ^ "British album certifications – Cranberries – Bury the Hatchet". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Bury the Hatchet in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  23. ^ "American album certifications – Cranberries – Bury the Hatchet". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH