- The Cranberries: Dolores O'Riordan (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, keyboards, whistle); Noel Hogan (acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, background vocals); Mike Hogan (bass); Fergal Lawler (drums, percussion).
- Additional personnel includes: Luciano Pavarotti (vocals); Richie Buckley (tenor saxophone); Michael Buckley (baritone saxophone); Bruce Fairbairn (trumpet).
- Producers: Bruce Fairbairn, The Cranberries.
- Recorded at Windmill Lane Studios, Dublin, Ireland in November & December 1995.
- All tracks have been digitally remastered.
- The Cranberries' second album, No Need to Argue, elevated them to the ranks of multimillion-selling stars. Evidently, that gave them the confidence to jettison producer Stephen Street and work with Aerosmith/Van Halen producer Bruce Fairbairn for their third album, To the Faithful Departed. Fairbairn helped the Cranberries abandon their more atmospheric, trance qualities, accentuating Dolores O'Riordan's lyrics. The Cranberries shine on their ballads, although the new songs aren't quite as affecting as their older work. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Spin - "This is the rarefied realm of pop, where Michael Jackson presides and others pretend, that O'Riordan and her platinum-selling band the Cranberries are crashing on their gravely titled third album."
Entertainment Weekly (5/10/96, pp.71-72) - "...If the Cranberries once sounded as if they were sleepwalkers in a world gone weird, TO THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED sounds as if they've finally awakened. The may not like what they see, but at least they're ready and willing to scream about it." - Rating: A-
New York Times (Publisher) (4/28/96, Sec.2, p.34) - "...a song cycle about deaths, most of them early ones....the songs that work best are the ones in which the Cranberries rely on...ethereal guitars and warbly vocals that, like the band's lyrics, are simple but heartfelt."