In 2001, The Cranberries released their fifth album, Wake Up and Smell The Coffee.
It contained the singles, Analyse, Time is Ticking Out and This Is The Day. It reached number 46 in the US and only number 61 in the UK.
In 2002, they released their greatest hits, which charted their decade at the top. It was called Stars – The Best Of 1992-2002 and was a bigger hit with the UK audience, reaching number 20 in the charts. They also released a collection of their music videos on DVD.
The following year, the band started work on a new album and even played some of the songs live during performances. They went on tour with the Rolling Stones and completed a headline tour of their own.
However at the end of the year, the band announced that they were taking time off to pursue other projects and the album was left incomplete and unreleased.
Throughout the following seven years O’Riordan recorded and released two successful solo albums and Noel released an album with his new band Mono Band.
He also formed another band, Arkitekt and has worked as a producer for various artists.
Lawler also released an album with his new band, The Low Network and has worked as a producer and musician for other artists.
In 2009, O’Riordan became Honourary Patron of the University Philosophical Society at Trinity College, Dublin.
The group unofficially reunited at the time and it was made official when O’Riordan was promoting her second solo album. She announced that The Cranberries would be embarking on a European and North American tour in which they would be performing new material, old classics and some of her solo songs.
The band went back into the studio together to record their new material with Stephen Street in 2011. The album, Roses was released in 2012 and featured the singles, Tomorrow, Raining In My Heart and Waiting In Walthamstow.