No Need to Argue
|No Need to Argue|
|Studio album by The Cranberries|
|Released||3 October 1994|
|The Cranberries albums chronology|
|Singles from No Need to Argue|
No Need to Argue is the second studio album by Irish rock band The Cranberries, released in 1994. It was the band's most successful album, and has sold about 17 million copies worldwide. It contains the band's most successful single to date, "Zombie". The album's mood is darker and harsher than that on Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, released a year before. It shows a more mature performance by lyricist and vocalist Dolores O'Riordan, writing about war, death, love and disappointment. Her voice is clearer, without the previous album's double and triple voice layering.
In some of the songs, the band decided to take on a rockier and heavier side, using distortion and increasing the volume. The song "Yeats' Grave" – incorrectly listed on the album as "Yeat's Grave" and never corrected for any of the album's physical re-releases – is about William Butler Yeats, and quotes one of his poems, No Second Troy. The song "Zombie", written by lead singer Dolores O'Riordan, is according to her about the IRA bombings in 1993 that resulted in the death of two children.
For the sleeve design, Art Director Cally re-enlisted photographer Andy Earl and hired the same sofa that featured on the debut album. The sofa was transported by hand to many locations in and around Dublin including Dalkey Island, coming to rest in a photo-studio in Dublin where the white room had been constructed for the cover shot. Whilst travelling around Dublin in a bus: band and sofa aboard, the bus was shot at, the bullet piercing a side window but missing all on board. The band, somewhat influenced by a recent Blur photo, decided to dress up and wear suits. The hand lettering was by Charlotte Villiers; video co-ordinator at Island Records and distant relative of the Villiers engine manufacturing family. Each single sleeve featured the band on the sofa in a different location. The sofa went on to star in the video 'Alright' by the British band Supergrass.
All lyrics written by Dolores O'Riordan, all music composed by O'Riordan and Noel Hogan except tracks 4, 7, 10–13 which are by O'Riordan.
|1.||"Ode to My Family"||4:30|
|2.||"I Can't Be with You"||3:07|
|6.||"Everything I Said"||3:52|
|7.||"The Icicle Melts"||2:54|
|10.||"Dreaming My Dreams"||3:37|
|13.||"No Need to Argue"||2:54|
Re-release bonus tracks
The album was re-released in 2002, under the title No Need to Argue (The Complete Sessions 1994–1995). This version of the album featured bonus tracks as well as B-sides from the singles that lifted off the album.
|15.||"I Don't Need"||3:32|
|16.||"(They Long to Be) Close to You" (by Burt Bacharach and Hal David)||2:41|
|17.||"So Cold in Ireland"||4:45|
|18.||"Zombie" (Camel's Hump mix)||7:54|
- Dolores O'Riordan – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards
- Noel Hogan – electric and acoustic guitars
- Mike Hogan – bass guitar
- Fergal Lawler – drums and percussion
Certifications, peaks and sales
|United Kingdom||2||3× Platinum||900,000+|
|United States||6||7× Platinum||7,000,000+|
- "Away" was featured in the 1995 film Clueless.
- "Ridiculous Thoughts", "Away", "I Don't Need" and "No Need to Argue" were featured in the British film Butterfly Kiss.
- "Ode to My Family", "Empty" and "Dreaming My Dreams" were featured in episodes of the American TV series Party of Five.
- "No Need to Argue". Discogs.com. 22 November 2006. Retrieved 13 September 2014.
- Zombie by The Cranberries Songfacts
- AllMusic review
- Chicago Tribune review
- Entertainment Weekly review
- Album reviews at CD Universe
- Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
- Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived 14 October 2007)
- Sputnikmusic review
- "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994". GuitarWorld.com. 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
- IFPI Austria
- IFPI Finland
- IFPI Europe
- Disque En France
- IFPI Germany
- Sales in Poland
- IFPI Switzerland
- IMDb. Soundtracks for Butterfly Kiss. Retrieved on 2011-10-12.
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