11 Songs, 50 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sinead O'Connor remains a gifted singer who conveys hurt, pain, and even joy with an empathy that makes every word stand on end. With a choir of clearly angry Sinead voices, "Take Off Your Shoes" and the a cappella "V.I.P." take aim at the child-abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church. "Reason with Me" inhabits a junkie's soul with a melody that evokes memories of that time around 1990 when it seemed O'Connor would be a chart-topping force for years to come. "Old Lady" and "The Wolf Is Getting Married" express optimism for love and marriage, surprising considering O'Connor's public lack of success in that department. More in line with her moody brilliance, "Back Where You Belong" lets her voice stretch, break, and wail with an emotional fortitude that’s always been her brightest calling card. John Grant's "Queen of Denmark" has its humorous moments and further asserts O'Connor's artistic dominance. She's always been a peerless singer. Here, the material invigorates her to revisit old heights.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Sinead O'Connor remains a gifted singer who conveys hurt, pain, and even joy with an empathy that makes every word stand on end. With a choir of clearly angry Sinead voices, "Take Off Your Shoes" and the a cappella "V.I.P." take aim at the child-abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church. "Reason with Me" inhabits a junkie's soul with a melody that evokes memories of that time around 1990 when it seemed O'Connor would be a chart-topping force for years to come. "Old Lady" and "The Wolf Is Getting Married" express optimism for love and marriage, surprising considering O'Connor's public lack of success in that department. More in line with her moody brilliance, "Back Where You Belong" lets her voice stretch, break, and wail with an emotional fortitude that’s always been her brightest calling card. John Grant's "Queen of Denmark" has its humorous moments and further asserts O'Connor's artistic dominance. She's always been a peerless singer. Here, the material invigorates her to revisit old heights.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
268 Ratings

268 Ratings

bclyde ,

Everything I wanted it to be

Another tale of emotional beauty. She's incapable of faking it and that's why I love her. A true artist.

12Calimom ,

Brilliant and Beautiful!

Truth and honesty flows from her awesome voice! I saw her last night in LA and she was as good as ever, and dedicated "I am stretched on your grave" to Whitney. She is like the child in the story The Emperor's New Clothes, stating the truth when everyone is afraid. A true and talented artist that we have the privilege to hear.

StrangeDame ,

Crystal Clear

I really am enjoying Sinead's voice and how it has transformed over the years. I loved her in the 90's when her voice embodied struggle, pain and sadness. Now it seems as though her voice and her music have found clarity. The emotion is still there, but the restlessness that once reflected turbulent feelings seems to have transformed into a self-assured sound of tranquility. Perhaps I am not accurate but this is what is sounds like to me and I enjoy the sound of this album very much.

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