Dolores O’Riordan – Are You Listening?

十分懷念Dolores的歌聲, 聽到新專輯有種很感動, 有點想哭的感覺

回想很久以前練習guitar 時, The Cranberries 的每首歌都聽上數百次

新專輯Are You Listening每首歌每個音符每個拍子都十分動聽, 令人想一聽再聽

The Cranberries 的上一張專輯《Wake up and smell the coffee》要追溯到 2001 年,當時樂團宣稱他們大概將在 2004 年解散。在一份聲明中,主唱 Dolores 說:「The Cranberries 之後的時光是一塊白板——沒有壓力也沒有唱片合約。生命中的第一次,我完全自由了。我沒有顧忌,這便是我最先開始音樂生涯時所擁有的感覺。在這裏,一切都一目了然。」

「這張專輯喚醒了我的生命 —— 一次我終於完成了的旅行。就好像是我跨過了一座橋,踏上了一個偉大的嶄新的高原。我的生活和十年前相比完全不同,多了一種接納包容的美妙感覺。再次發行音樂作品,這也是一段激動人心的時光。」

這張專輯共收錄了 12 首歌曲,推薦曲目包括Angel Fire , Apple of My Eye , In the Garden, Ordinary Days , Watch the Stars 和 Loser 。

最新專輯《Are You Listening?》可說是Dolores的生活縮影,她表示,「會把專輯取名為《Are You Listening?》靈感來自與老公日常的相處,常常在我有些想法時,我講完我的想法,他又會再問我:『那是什麼?』我就會問他『你有認真在聽嗎?』他說:『有啊,那是什麼?』我會不斷的問他:『你到底有沒有認真在聽?』我不是想要找碴,只是想確認你有在注意我說話;只是想聲明,你如果有仔細聽我講話就會知道我講什麼,如果沒有,那當然不會知道。」讓人窺見Dolores和老公相處時可愛的一面。

這張由她籌畫了四年的專輯,這期間Dolores和她的家人經歷了生離死別,專輯中的首波主打單曲《Ordinary Day》發想來自於Dolores第三個小寶寶Dakota的誕生,而另外一首歌曲《Apple Of My Eye》則是很有力量的情歌,發想於Dolores和小紅莓一起巡迴演唱時,思念老公的心情。Dolores表示,「那真是很辛苦的一段時間,但表演還是要做下去,我真的不敢想像失去他,我的世界會變怎樣?我想每個人都有自己愛的人,一定要珍惜和所愛的人相處的每一天。」

此次新單曲《Ordinary Day》音樂錄影帶特地到布拉格拍攝,沒有華麗的特效,僅用布拉格唯美的場景襯托Dolores充滿力量的嗓音,將Dolores溫柔的一面以另一種方式訴說他特有的個性風格。MV一曝光在網路上更是造成全球廣泛的討論。

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Ordinary Day
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以下是我最喜歡的歌曲的歌詞:

Angel Fire

Another lonely night in December
(Jaweh, Jaweh, Jaweh)
It is the time of year people remember
(Jaweh, Jaweh)
I can’t find a word to say to you
I can’t comprehend, I can’t relate to you

Plain to see no flies on me
Take me higher Angel Fire
Take me where I want to go
Teach me things I need to know
Plain to see no flies on me
Take me higher Angel Fire
Take me where I want to go
Teach me things I need to know

I’m knowing this could be our last event
(Jaweh, Jaweh, Jaweh)
I’m knowing I am your youngest descent
I don’t want to know your pain
I don’t want to play the game

Plain to see no flies on me
Take me higher Angel Fire
Take me where I want to go
Teach me things I need to know
Plain to see no flies on me
Take me higher Angel Fire
Take me where I want to go
Teach me things I need to know

I can’t find a word to say to you
I can’t comprehend, I can’t relate to you

Plain to see you faithfully
Take me higher Angel Fire
Take me where I want to go
Teach me things I need to know
Can’t you see you’re made for me
Take me higher Angel Fire
Take me where I want to go
Teach me things I need to know
Can’t you see you’re made for me
Take me higher Angel Fire
Take me where I want to go
Teach me things I need to know

Apple of My Eye

As the days go by
The apple of my eye
I’ll always wait for you

And as a new day dawns
The darkness moves away
And I will wait for you

Remember remember
The face of you
Surrender Surrender
The touch of you

Well it’s a hard to hold
The room is turning cold
The candles flickers still

And what I would not do
For the love of you
Would you hold on to me?

As the days the go by
The apple of my eye
I’ll always wait for you

And as a new day dawns
The darkness moves away
And I will wait for you

Remember remember
The face of you
Surrender surrender
The touch of you

I will remember, I will remember the face of you
I will remember, I will remember the touch of you

Ordinary Days

This is just an ordinary day
Wipe the insecurities away
I can see that the darkness will erode
Looking out the corner of my eye
I can see that the sunshine will explode
Far across the desert in the sky

Beautiful girl
Won’t you be my inspiration?
Beautiful girl
Don’t you throw your love around
What in the world, what in the world
Could ever come between us?
Beautiful girl, beautiful girl
I’ll never let you down
Won’t let you down

This is the beginning of your day
Life is more intricate than it seems
Always be yourself along the way
Living through the spirit of your dreams

Beautiful girl
Won’t you be my inspiration?
Beautiful girl
Don’t you throw your love around
What in the world, what in the world
Could ever come between us?
Beautiful girl, beautiful girl
I’ll never let you down
Won’t let you down
Down, down…

  1. sam
    Jun 17, 2007
    :) agree~~ beautiful
  2. Jvstin
    May 25, 2007
    我也非常喜欢Dolores的唱法,和王菲有些相似
  3. summerwine
    May 25, 2007
    :)我是内地的。搜索这张专辑的时候,无意中进入你的地方。网站做的很漂亮。喜欢。。。
  4. mad dog
    May 21, 2007
    我都係最鍾意"apple of my eye"! 我都係the cranberries既fan, 十多年前開始聽, 佢地D碟我都有齊哂.