To the Faithful Departed

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To the Faithful Departed
To the Faithful Departed (album cover).jpg
Studio album by The Cranberries
Released 30 April 1996
Recorded November – December 1995 at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin
Genre Alternative rock
Length 52:19
Label Island
Producer Bruce Fairbairn, The Cranberries
The Cranberries chronology
No Need to Argue
To the Faithful Departed
Bury the Hatchet
Singles from To the Faithful Departed
  1. "Salvation"
    Released: 6 April 1996
  2. "Free to Decide"
    Released: 25 August 1996
  3. "When You're Gone"
    Released: 12 November 1996
  4. "Hollywood"
    Released: 1 May 1997
  5. "I'm Still Remembering"
    Released: 1996 (promo only)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A−[2]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[3]
The New York Times (favorable)[4]
Robert Christgau C+[6]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[7]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars[5]
USA Today 2.5/4 stars[8]

To the Faithful Departed is the third studio album by Irish rock band The Cranberries, released in 1996. This album was made in memory of Denny Cordell who signed the band to Island Records[9] and Joe (vocalist Dolores O'Riordan's grandfather), who had both died that year.[citation needed]

In the U.S., the album has sold 1.7 million copies as of April 2007. It went 4x Platinum in Taiwan, 3x Platinum in Canada and New Zealand, and 2x Platinum in Australia, Austria, France, Hong Kong, Malaysia and U.S. It has sold over 6 million copies to date. It produced the hit singles: "Salvation", "Free to Decide" and "When You're Gone". It reached number one on the ARIA Albums Chart in Australia.

The album sleeve photo session was made up of two parts, the first being the original design for the front cover, a naked baby boy (supplied by their press officer Smash at Island Records) on his back urinating into the air which was shot in photographer Andy Earl's new studio on Shad Thames in London, and the band seated in a yellow room. In the last minute, at the request of Dolores O'Riordan, the two were switched and the yellow room became the front cover. The yellow room was designed to be an echo of the previous two album sleeves. It was built in London and transported to the Lake District and erected in a forest near Loughrigg Holme. Snow fell on the erection day and the band spent as little time as possible on the shoot clad, as they were, in new purple Dolce And Gabbana outfits. A new logo and typeface was decided upon signifying the band's desire to move on from the strict repetition of the previous album sleeves. Incidental studio photos were included, taken by Cally in the band's studio in Vancouver, Canada. Cally added "I attended the surreal Brit Awards where Jarvis Cocker invaded Michael Jackson's stage and left soon after to drive through horizontal snow to get to the Lake District in readiness for the photo shoot the next day. On waking in the Ambleside Hotel I saw Jarvis on the front cover of every paper, being released from jail with Nigel, The Cranberries A & R man beside him. Things only became more surreal when we realised that later we were shooting the band bravely clad in thin purple suits under snowfall in a yellow room in a forest in the Lake District".

Track listing[edit]

1996 European version

All lyrics written by Dolores O'Riordan, all music composed by O'Riordan except tracks 2, 8, 9 and 12, which are by O'Riordan and Noel Hogan.

No. Title Length
1. "Hollywood"   5:08
2. "Salvation"   2:23
3. "When You're Gone"   4:56
4. "Free to Decide"   4:25
5. "War Child"   3:50
6. "Forever Yellow Skies"   4:09
7. "The Rebels"   3:20
8. "Intermission"   2:08
9. "I Just Shot John Lennon"   2:41
10. "Electric Blue"   4:51
11. "I'm Still Remembering"   4:48
12. "Will You Remember?"   2:49
13. "Joe"   3:22
14. "Cordell"   3:41
15. "Bosnia"   5:40
Total length:
1996 US version
2002 Re-release

The album was re-released in 2002, under the title To the Faithful Departed (The Complete Sessions 1996–1997). This version of the album featured bonus tracks as well as B-sides from the singles lifted off the album.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA) 1
French SNEP Album Charts 5
German Album Charts 2
New Zealand Album Charts 1
UK Albums (OCC)[10] 2
US Billboard 200 4


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[11] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Argentina (CAPIF)[12] Gold 30,000x
Austria (IFPI Austria)[13] Gold 25,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[14] 3× Platinum 300,000^
France (SNEP)[15] 2× Platinum 600,000*
Germany (BVMI)[16] Gold 250,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[17] 2× Platinum 40,000*
Malaysia[18] 2× Platinum 60,000
Taiwan[19] 4× Platinum 40,000
United Kingdom (BPI)[20] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[21] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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



  1. ^ Raggett, Ned (1996-04-30). "To the Faithful Departed - The Cranberries". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  2. ^ David Browne (1996-05-10). "To the Faithful Departed Review | Music Reviews and News". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  3. ^ Rosenbluth, Jean (1996-04-28). "Cranberries Harness Power of Convictions". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  4. ^ Strauss, Neil (1996-04-28). "New Releases (CRANBERRIES: 'TO THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED' Island)". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  5. ^ Sputnikmusic review
  6. ^ "CG: The Cranberries". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2012-01-08. 
  7. ^ Ali, Lorraine (1998-02-02). "The Cranberries: To The Faithful Departed : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-01. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  8. ^ Edna Gundersen (1996-05-07). "The Cranberries, To the Faithful Departed". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-11-07. 
  9. ^ New York Times obituary
  10. ^ Roberts, David, ed. (2006), British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.), HIT Entertainment, ISBN 1-904994-10-5 
  11. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1996 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  12. ^ "Argentinian album certifications – The Cranberries – To the Faithful Departed". Argentine Chamber of Phonograms and Videograms Producers. 
  13. ^ "Austrian album certifications – The Cranberries – To the Faithful Departed" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter The Cranberries in the field Interpret. Enter To the Faithful Departed in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  14. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Cranberries – To the Faithful Departed". Music Canada. 
  15. ^ "French album certifications – The Cranberries – To the Faithful Departed" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  16. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (The Cranberries; 'To the Faithful Departed')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  17. ^ "IFPIHK Gold Disc Award − 1996". IFPI Hong Kong. 
  20. ^ "British album certifications – The Cranberries – To the Faithful Departed". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter To the Faithful Departed in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  21. ^ "American album certifications – The Cranberries – To the Faithful Departed". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Falling into You by Celine Dion
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
12–18 May 1996
Succeeded by
Older by George Michael