Cranberries Bury The Hatchet

The Pink Floyd-esque cover of Bury The Hatchet features a giant eyeball satellite hovering omnipotently above a naked man. It sums up the Cranberries quite well — as subtle as a flying mallet. And there’s nothing more annoying than musicians complaining about being in the spotlight, especially when they’ve achieved commercial and critical success far above their commensurate level of talent. “Promises” is a pretty good pissed-off rock song, much more successful than their previous dalliances with metallic pop, and “Animal Instinct” will appeal to those hooked with the band’s wistful hits from ‘93. Elsewhere, the results range from ho-hum to depressing. (Island)