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No Need to Argue

No Need to Argue is the second studio album by the Irish rock band The Cranberries, released on 3 October 1994. It is the band's best selling album, and has sold about 17 million copies worldwide.[1] It contains the band's most successful single, "Zombie". The album's mood is darker and harsher than that on Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?, released a year before.

No Need to Argue
CranberriesNoNeedToArgueAlbumcover.jpg
Studio album by
Released3 October 1994
RecordedJanuary–August 1994
GenreAlternative rock
Length50:30
LabelIsland
ProducerStephen Street
The Cranberries chronology
Everybody Else Is Doing It, So Why Can't We?
(1993)
No Need to Argue
(1994)
To the Faithful Departed
(1996)
Singles from No Need to Argue
  1. "Zombie"
    Released: 19 September 1994
  2. "Ode to My Family"
    Released: 21 November 1994
  3. "I Can't Be with You"
    Released: 27 February 1995
  4. "Ridiculous Thoughts"
    Released: 31 July 1995

Contents

CompositionEdit

In some of the songs, the band decided to take on a rockier and heavier side, using distortion and increasing the volume. The song "Yeats' Grave" – incorrectly listed on the album as "Yeat's Grave" and never corrected for any of the album's physical re-releases  – is about William Butler Yeats, and quotes one of his poems, No Second Troy. The song "Zombie", written by O'Riordan, is according to her about the Warrington IRA bombings in 1993 that resulted in the death of two children.[2]

Cover artEdit

For the sleeve design, Art Director Cally re-enlisted photographer Andy Earl and hired the same sofa that featured on the debut album. The sofa was transported by hand to many locations in and around Dublin including Dalkey Island, coming to rest in a photo-studio in Dublin where the white room had been constructed for the cover shot. Whilst travelling around Dublin in a bus: band and sofa aboard, the bus was shot at, the bullet piercing a side window but missing all on board. The band, somewhat influenced by a recent Blur photo, decided to dress up and wear suits. The hand lettering was by Charlotte Villiers; video coordinator at Island Records and distant relative of the Villiers engine manufacturing family.[citation needed]

Each single sleeve featured the band on the sofa in a different location. The sofa went on to star in the video for "Alright" by the British band Supergrass in 1995.[citation needed]

ReceptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [3]
Chicago Tribune    [4]
Entertainment WeeklyB[5]
Q     [6]
Robert Christgau  [7]
Rolling Stone     [8]
Sputnikmusic     [9]

In July 2014, Guitar World placed No Need to Argue at number 41 in their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.[10]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics written by Dolores O'Riordan.

No.TitleMusicLength
1."Ode to My Family"
4:30
2."I Can't Be with You"
  • O'Riordan
  • Hogan
3:07
3."Twenty One"
  • O'Riordan
  • Hogan
3:07
4."Zombie"O'Riordan5:06
5."Empty"
  • O'Riordan
  • Hogan
3:26
6."Everything I Said"
  • O'Riordan
  • Hogan
3:52
7."The Icicle Melts"O'Riordan2:54
8."Disappointment"
  • O'Riordan
  • Hogan
4:14
9."Ridiculous Thoughts"
  • O'Riordan
  • Hogan
4:31
10."Dreaming My Dreams"O'Riordan3:37
11."Yeats' Grave"O'Riordan2:59
12."Daffodil Lament"O'Riordan6:14
13."No Need to Argue"O'Riordan2:54
Total length:50:30
No Need to Argue: The Complete Sessions 1994–1995 (bonus tracks)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
14."Away" 2:38
15."I Don't Need" 3:32
16."(They Long to Be) Close to You"2:41
17."So Cold in Ireland" 4:45
18."Zombie" (Camel's Hump mix) 7:54
Total length:73:50

PersonnelEdit

  • Dolores O'Riordan – vocals, electric and acoustic guitars, keyboards
  • Noel Hogan – electric and acoustic guitars
  • Mike Hogan – bass guitar
  • Fergal Lawler – drums and percussion

SoundtracksEdit

  • "Away" was featured in the 1995 film Clueless.
  • "Ridiculous Thoughts", "Away", "I Don't Need" and "No Need to Argue" were featured in the British film Butterfly Kiss.[11]
  • "Ode to My Family", "Empty" and "Dreaming My Dreams" were featured in episodes of the American TV series Party of Five.
  • "No Need to Argue" was featured in the closing credits of the 2014 ITV drama show Prey.

Chart positionsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[25] 5× Platinum 350,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[26] Platinum 50,000*
Flanders[27] 2× Platinum 100,000
Canada (Music Canada)[28] 5× Platinum 500,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[29] Gold 31,876[30]
France (SNEP)[31] Diamond 1,549,000[32]*
Germany (BVMI)[33] Platinum 500,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[34] Platinum 80,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[35] Platinum 15,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[36] Platinum 130,000[37]*
Sweden (GLF)[38] Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[39] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[40] 3× Platinum 900,000^
United States (RIAA)[41] 7× Platinum 7,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[42] 5× Platinum 5,000,000*
Worldwide 17,000,000[43]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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