This Rare Cranberries Demo Shows The Naked Heart Of The Group

'Íosa' was due to appear on their debut album...

Last year Irish legends The Cranberries gathered to discuss an important anniversary.

Debut album 'Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?' was about to toast its silver anniversary, so the band went rummaging through the racks.

Their walk down memory lane was shattered in the most cruel fashion, however, when singer and creative force Dolores O'Riordan passed away.

The band decided to continue with the anniversary as a celebration of her life and work, with the 25th anniversary box set due to be released on October 19th.

Containing all sorts of rarities, alternative takes, and other treats for fans, this new edition looks to be the definitive work on a key 90s rock album.

We're able to showcase 'Íosa', a recording laid down during sessions for the album but ultimately left to one side.

Showcasing the band's processes and then-untapped potential, the arrangement is naked but highly intelligent, dominated by Dolores' unmistakable vocals.

The songwriting itself echoes the influences of Catholicism and church singing – 'Íosa' translates as Jesus in Irish, and it's the band's only recording in the language.

The track featured in their early setlists between 1991 and 1993, and will only be available in the incoming 25th anniversary edition of 'Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can’t We?'

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