No Need to Argue

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No Need to Argue

Cranberries, The - No Need to Argue.jpg

CD - USA - 1st edition.

Artist The Cranberries
Published 1994-10-03
Type Studio
Genre Alternative rock
Themes Politics, relationships, family

No Need to Argue is the second studio album by The Cranberries. It was recorded from November 1993 to August 1994, produced by Stephen Street, and published by Island Records on CD and cassette on 1994-10-03. The songs are primarily alternative rock and deal with the Troubles in Ireland, relationships, and family. The album was extremely popular in the mid-1990s, reaching the top ten in over a 20 charts around the world and eventually selling over 17,000,000 copies.


Due to the popularity of the song Zombie on the radio, my friend Kevin bought the album and I remember making fun of the band's name, and, when he played the album, the vocals of O'Riordan. This led to a fight between us, and, after he told me the Irish music was important to him because of his Irish heritage, and, after listening to it several times with him and my older brother, the album slowly grew on me enough to buy it myself in the late 1990s. I remember listening to it on the weekends in the morning while showering, and, having direct access to it really allowed me to appreciate the album. It's my favorite Cranberries album, however, the dark themes and semi-caustic sound make it difficult for me to listen to it unless I'm in the right mood.

I own this album on CD.

Track listing

All lyrics are written by and vocals sung by Dolores O'Riordan.

Track Title Composers Rank Rating
01 Ode to My Family Dolores O'Riordan, Noel Hogan 1 Rating-6.svg
02 I Can't Be with You Dolores O'Riordan, Noel Hogan 8 Rating-3.svg
03 Twenty One Dolores O'Riordan, Noel Hogan 3 Rating-5.svg
04 Zombie Dolores O'Riordan 2 Rating-5.svg
05 Empty Dolores O'Riordan, Noel Hogan 6 Rating-4.svg
06 Everything I Said Dolores O'Riordan, Noel Hogan 5 Rating-4.svg
07 The Icicle Melts Dolores O'Riordan 13 Rating-1.svg
08 Disappointment Dolores O'Riordan, Noel Hogan 10 Rating-3.svg
09 Ridiculous Thoughts Dolores O'Riordan, Noel Hogan 9 Rating-3.svg
10 Dreaming My Dreams Dolores O'Riordan 4 Rating-4.svg
11 Yeats' Grave (as Yeat's Grave) Dolores O'Riordan 11 Rating-1.svg
12 Daffodil Lament Dolores O'Riordan 12 Rating-1.svg
13 No Need to Argue Dolores O'Riordan 7 Rating-3.svg

The album's total score is 101.


The cover photo was taken by Andy Earl and the couch is the same one from the band's first album. Additional photos were taken with the couch in various locales to be used in the album's booklet and for the cover of the singles. The hand lettering was written by Charlotte Villiers.


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