Ireland's Hot Press has published a more extensive version of their exclusive interview with Dolores O'Riordan in their latest Christmas issue. We have full scans of the article, which includes a new photo, in the Zombieguide Magazines Gallery.
Hot Press writes that two years after Dolores called a temporary halt to The Cranberries, she is relaxed and cheery. She says, "As wonderful and great as being in the Cranberries was, we'd been together 14 years and things had gotten a bit predictable and boring. Having released and toured a Greatest Hits, it seemed a natural time in the band's life to take a break."
Now Dolores is gearing up for the release of her debut solo album, which she first told Hot Press about in summer 2002. When it finally releases in May/June 2006, it will be nearly four years in the making.
"I no longer feel the pressure of three people waiting on me. I'd have a baby, nurse him or her for three months and then have to break the bond because there was an album to record and a tour to go on.
"As soon as the band was finished, I'd thought, 'If I had another baby, I'll be able to enjoy this one for six months,' which is exactly what happened. We also moved house, so I got to live my life for a change," she muses.
She insists that she was more comfortable working on such a highly personal album alone, rather than having to label it as the work of four people. "I've been able to write songs in my own time and in my own way. There are lyrics on this album that I'd never have sung in a boys' band that happened to have a girl singer. This time I could go anywhere and say anything without having to worry about the lads being comfortable with it. There's just so much more freedom," she says.
Dolores plans to give the material an intimate world tour in 2006, possibly kicking off in America.