No Baggage

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No Baggage
Studio album by Dolores O'Riordan
Released August 24, 2009
Recorded EMAC Recording Studios
Genre Alternative rock, Celtic rock
Length 45:16
Label Cooking Vinyl, Rounder/Zoe
Producer Dolores O'Riordan and Dan Brodbeck
Dolores O'Riordan chronology
Are You Listening?
(2007)
No Baggage
(2009)
Singles from No Baggage
  1. "The Journey"
    Released: July 2009
  2. "Switch Off the Moment"
    Released: October 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Aversion 3/5 stars [2]

No Baggage is the second solo album from Dolores O'Riordan. It was released on 21 August 2009 in Ireland, most of the world on 24 August 2009 and on August 25, 2009 in North America. The first single, "The Journey" was released to radio July 13 in North America and August 10 in Europe.

It includes a new version of "Apple of My Eye", a song featured on O'Riordan's debut solo album, "Are You Listening?".

On the week beginning August 27, 2009 'No Baggage' entered into the Irish Albums chart at #80.[3]

Producer Dan Brodbeck won the 2010 Juno Award for Recording Engineer of the Year for his work on the songs "Apple of My Eye" and "Be Careful" from No Baggage.[4]

Track list[edit]

Finalized track list as revealed on O'Riordan's official website:[5][6]

All lyrics written by Dolores O'Riordan, all music composed by O'Riordan, except tracks 6 and 9, which are by O'Riordan and Dan Brodbeck.

No. Title Length
1. "Switch Off the Moment"   3:18
2. "Skeleton"   3:24
3. "It's You"   4:11
4. "The Journey"   3:52
5. "Stupid"   4:45
6. "Be Careful"   4:20
7. "Apple of My Eye" (New Version) 4:47
8. "Throw Your Arms Around Me"   4:26
9. "Fly Through"   3:54
10. "Lunatic"   4:28
11. "Tranquilizer"   3:51
Total length:
45:16

Bonus track version (available through iTunes)

No. Title Length
12. "You Set Me on Fire"   4:22
13. "Track by Track" (Dolores discusses each of the tracks on the album) 6:31
Total length:
56:09

Bonus track version (available through iTunes US)

No. Title Length
12. "Loser" (New Version) 2:59
Total length:
48:15

B-sides

No. Title Length
1. "You Set Me on Fire"   4:22
2. "I Want You"   3:14
3. "Loser" (New Version) 2:59

Reception[edit]

No Baggage received mixed or average reviews upon its release, receiving a 45/100 critic score and a 6.5/10 user score on MetaCritic.[7] Some critics found merit in the record, with Sputnikmusic noting that it shows O'Riordan "building on old strengths, while broadening her artistic scope farther than it's been in thirteen years,"[8] and The Record Review commenting that it is "the perfect showcase for an older and wiser...singer and songwriter who has aged gracefully and maintained a level of integrity that few artists can claim a decade and a half down the road."[9]

The majority of critics, however, dismissed the record. The Boston Globe remarked that the album "is undone by a batch of not-so-great songs. (O'Riordan) wallows in more melodrama than might be expected, while trying to be self-consciously profound,"[10] while Uncut Magazine simply commented, "It's grisly."[7]

Band members[edit]

Promotion 2009[edit]

April

May

  • 12 and 13 - Spain
  • 14 and 15 - France
  • 17 and 18 - Netherlands
  • 19 - Belgium
  • 20 and 21 - Italy
  • 25 and 26 - Germany

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Italian Albums Chart 6[citation needed]
Swiss Albums Chart 25[citation needed]
French Albums Chart 30[citation needed]
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 30[citation needed]
Spanish Albums Chart 48[citation needed]
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 75[citation needed]
Irish Albums Chart 80[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Thomas, Stephen (2009-08-25). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  2. ^ [1][dead link]
  3. ^ ">> IRMA << Irish Charts - Singles, Albums & Compilations >>". Irma.ie. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  4. ^ "Winners of the 2010 Juno Awards". CBC News. 18 April 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2010-04-18. 
  5. ^ "Official website of Dolores O'Riordan". Doloresoriordan.ie. Retrieved 2012-08-29. 
  6. ^ "No Baggage: Dolores O'riordan: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  7. ^ a b "No Baggage Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  8. ^ "Dolores O'Riordan - No Baggage (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  9. ^ "Switch On This Moment « The Record Review". Recordreview.wordpress.com. 2009-08-24. Retrieved 2012-03-03. 
  10. ^ "Dolores O'Riordan, 'No Baggage'". The Boston Globe. August 24, 2009.