Former Cranberries singer preps second solo album

Wed May 20, 2009 10:07pm EDT
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By Michael D. Ayers

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Former Cranberries singer Dolores O'Riordan will release her second solo record in the United States on August 25.

"No Baggage" will be distributed by Rounder Records' rock imprint Zoe. O'Riordan co-produced the 11-track set with Dan Brodbeck, her partner on "Are You Listening?," her 2007 solo debut on Sanctuary Records.

The Cranberries have been on an indefinite hiatus since 2003, and O'Riordan has relished the down time.

"I decided to give up music for awhile -- not be in a band, not be on a label, and not be in a box," the 37-year-old Irishwoman told "You get all this adoration, but you don't know how to take it when you're young. This is something I'm doing for myself. It challenges me. And it's made me more in touch with myself, the reason that I'm here. I don't have any of that pressure. It's totally a hobby for me; for a long time, (music) became a job."

She described "No Baggage" as a very personal album, driven by a desire to "make peace" with herself.

"I wanted to address everything and not hide anything. I think for a long time, I closed up and became introverted. As human beings, we're always looking forward and always looking back. It's hard to live in the present."

Alongside 10,000 Maniacs and Mazzy Star, O'Riordan and the Cranberries rose to prominence seemingly overnight during the explosion of alternative rock in the Nineties. The Cranberries had wildly successful singles, including "Linger," "Dreams," and "Zombie."

On "No Baggage," the driving rock of "Be Careful" and lead single "The Journey" seem to reference her quick ascent to the top of the female rock-act chain and subsequent years.   Continued...

<p>Irish singer Dolores O'Riordan, former lead singer of Irish band The Cranberries, performs on stage during a concert in Tirana, early June 20, 2007. REUTERS/Arben Celi</p>