Linger

The Cranberries went on television, and ended up being mocked for their performance:

The Cranberries appeared on tonight’s ‘The One Show’ to perform their classic hit ‘Linger’, but viewers weren’t impressed.

The band appeared on the BBC One show along with a line-up of musicians including Ronan Keating and Bananarama.

The Irish rockers appeared on the show to promote their newest album ‘Something Else Today’, which features reworked versions of their classic hits and three new songs.

The album is out today (28 April).

However, during their performance of biggest hit ‘Linger’, fans commented that lead singer Dolores O’Riordan looked uncomfortable and seemed to be struggling to sing properly.

Was it lackluster or was she unable to hear the live mix properly? There's a pair of monitors in the front, she's moving back and forth, and it just doesn't look like she could hear herself in relation to the other musicians. Couple that with the fact that they've brought in a string ensemble and they're trying to modify what they would normally do with the demands of an outdoor TV studio.

If you haven't rehearsed with the string ensemble, and done a proper soundcheck, this is what the result is going to be. I can tell from hearing it that something has been turned down way too far and something else is just off. You can see her look over at the guitar player and grimace about the performance. It's a tough song to sing, and she's forced to do it outside when there's no energy from the crowd in a big open space with poor sound.

It sounds bad, but is that because of the person running the sound or because, all of a sudden, a professional singer who's been doing this for over 25 years suddenly can't sing in her own band?

Here's the band playing the same thing six years ago at a festival:

This festival version should sound worse but it doesn't. Dolores is wearing her ear pieces, she's right down in front with the crowd, and she's killing it. Even in the post-90s phase of their career, they can play and she can sing. Same setup, both venues are outdoors, but the difference is, the live mix she hears in the second video is much stronger and there's the energy of the crowd to feed off of. Big difference.

And, let's get this out of the way--Dolores has had her problems. Does that mean she can't be a singer anymore?

I'm going to have to come down on the side of the singer. Clearly, what she's hearing in the most recent version is poorly mixed and this was not her fault.