Her emotive, powerful and fragile voice and songs will linger on and affect us for a long time to come. RIP to the lead singer of The Cranberries, Dolores O'Riordan
Dolores O'Riordan was complex. Powerful, fragile, joyful, compassionate, reflective, broken, forthright, and withdrawn. She was a woman whose songs connected with untold millions. From the vulnerable refrain of "You know I'm such a fool for you, you've got me wrapped around your finger," to the seething righteous anger at the deaths of two young boys who were killed in an IRA bombing in 1993, in the anthemic record Zombie, Dolores was a woman whose sentiments resonated with men and women around the world.
A brilliant writer who could deliver songs of heartbreak, intrigue, innocence and anger with a voice that could shock and soothe, Dolores and her band The Cranberries - hailing from Ireland - found decades of worldwide success, song after song, album after album.
Hit shuffle on a Cranberries playlist, and you are bound to find that their songs have aged like a good wine and are as poignant today just as they were in the days in which they were chart toppers.
While best known for her work with the iconic band, Dolores has released many personal songs as a solo artist. Take a deep dive into her portfolio of work with and without her band to find just how multi-faceted an artist she was.
Dolores passed away in London on a songwriting trip on Monday, and the cause of her death is not yet known. At just 46, the visceral reactions to her passing demonstrate her big impact during a short life.
Our heart goes out to her family, and today Music Love honours one of the most influential artists in the world, Dolores O'Riordan. Rest in peace.