No Baggage

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No Baggage
O'Riordan seated on a body of ice
Studio album by
Released21 August 2009 (2009-08-21)
RecordedEMAC Recording Studios
GenreAlternative rock, celtic rock
Length45:16
LabelCooking Vinyl, Rounder
ProducerDolores O'Riordan, 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
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic47/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars [2]
Aversion3/5 stars [3]

No Baggage is the second and final 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 25 August 2009 in North America. The first single, "The Journey" was released to radio on 13 July in North America and on 10 August 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 27 August 2009 'No Baggage' entered into the Irish Albums chart at #80.[4]

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.[5] The second single is "Switch Off the Moment". The music video for "The Journey" was filmed in 16 mm, at Howth Beach Pier and Howth Summit, Dublin, Ireland, on May 8, 2009. The music video aired on July 29, 2009.[6]

Track listing[edit]

Finalized track list as revealed on O'Riordan's official website:[7][8]

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

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

B-sides

No.TitleLength
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.[9] 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,"[10] 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."[11]

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,"[12] while Uncut Magazine simply commented, "It's grisly."[9]

Band members[edit]

  • Dolores O’Riordan – vocals, piano
  • Dan Brodbeck – guitar; bass on "The Journey"
  • Marco Mendoza – bass except on "The Journey"
  • Denny DeMarchi – piano
  • Ger Farrell – drums except on "Stupid"
  • Steve DeMarchi – guitar on "Stupid"
  • Corey Thompson – drums on "Stupid", percussion on "Throw Your Arms Around Me"
  • Matt Grady – digeridoo

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
Swiss Albums Chart 25
French Albums Chart 30
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 30
Spanish Albums Chart 48
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 75
Irish Albums Chart 80

In 2010 it was awarded a silver certification from the Independent Music Companies Association,[13] which indicated sales of at least 30,000 copies throughout Europe.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "No Baggage by Dolores O'Riordan". Retrieved 3 October 2016.
  2. ^ Thomas, Stephen (2009-08-25). "Allmusic review". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ ">> IRMA << Irish Charts - Singles, Albums & Compilations >>". Irma.ie. Archived from the original on February 10, 2007. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  5. ^ "Winners of the 2010 Juno Awards". CBC News. 18 April 2010. Archived from the original on 2010-04-21. Retrieved 2010-04-18.
  6. ^ "Dolores O'Riordan shoots the video for her new single, 'The Journey'". www.alamy.com. May 8, 2009. Retrieved October 13, 2019.
  7. ^ "Official website of Dolores O'Riordan". Doloresoriordan.ie. Archived from the original on 2009-08-31. Retrieved 2012-08-29.
  8. ^ "No Baggage: Dolores O'riordan: Amazon.co.uk: Music". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  9. ^ a b "No Baggage Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  10. ^ "Dolores O'Riordan – No Baggage (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  11. ^ "Switch On This Moment « The Record Review". Recordreview.wordpress.com. 2009-08-24. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
  12. ^ "Dolores O'Riordan, 'No Baggage'". The Boston Globe. August 24, 2009.
  13. ^ http://www.impalamusic.org/arc_static/docum/04-press/2009/PR%20-%2020101004.htm