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Fleetwood Mac is a band that’s notoriously difficult to cover – few artists can recreate the perfect storm that resulted in the band’s acclaimed 1977 powerhouse Rumours, and even fewer are brave enough to try. Except for 90s rockers The Cranberries, however; in 1998 they were tapped to join that year’s Legacy: A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, offering up a cover of “Go Your Own Way” that manages to encompass the ethereal, dreamy sound of The Cranberries while staying faithful to the punchy, country rock flavor of the original.
As Consequence of Sound said in a rundown of their favorite Rumours covers, “Go Your Own Way” is a song that’s made for belting and few singers are able to attack it with the same heady brew of ‘sweetness and intensity’ the way that Cranberries frontwoman Dolores O’Riordan does, pulling back for the song’s verses and opening the throttle for the chorus in a delicate game of push and pull.
If that’s not enough for you, The Cranberries’ cover also includes a pretty sweet solo at the end – something the many, many covers of “Go Your Own Way” recorded by other artists are missing, guitarist Noel Hogan totally unafraid of attacking Lindsey Buckingham’s criminally underrated solo. Of course, no band can ever be Fleetwood Mac but as far as covers go, The Cranberries absolutely nailed it – check out this footage of the band performing “Go Your Own Way” back in 1999!