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Sinead O’Connor – How About I Be Me (and You Be You) – review

Try to forget the fact that Sinead O’Connor is completely insane and done some bat shit crazy stuff over the years, tearing up pictures of the Pope, strange sexuality announcements, suicide attempts, etc.  Trying to forget all the nonsense that has followed O’Connor over the years is the only way to listen to her ninth studio album.  During all of this, it’s a shock to realize that O’Connor has been making music for a quarter of a century since her debut ,The Lion and The Cobra (a shock to me at least).

I can’t in all honesty tell you that I’ve listened to much of O’Connor’s discography over the year’s as much as I’ve read about her tabloid antics.  I have no frame of reference for where How About I Be Me (and You Be You) stands within her canon of work.  The last Sinead O’Connor album I listened to was her sophomore effort I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got, and even then I couldn’t tell you another song off of it besides the Prince penned tune, Nothing Compares 2 U. I can tell you it’s an album that has touches of early 90’s female solo-artist heights, while still sounding fresh.

There is a sense of urgency in some of these songs that is quite compelling.  Songs like Take Off Your Shoes, and Reason With Me are at the height of the album, mellow, soft vocals over simple piano and guitar chords.  Some of the songs like Queen of Denmark, an angry anthemic Irish rocker, and the first single, The Wolf is Getting Married, may sound the most dated of all the tracks, and are most likely in line with her earlier work.  You’re not going to be hearing anything earth shattering within in these ten tracks, but you will able to pick out a couple great tracks from it.

I enjoyed the album as a whole, and it does actually make me think about the rest of O’Connor’s work.  She’s an artist who has been steadily creating and releasing her own music for over 25 years, and that says a lot about this sometimes misunderstood and controversial Irish artist.  There is nothing controversial about her new album.  It’s engaging, controlled, and quite desperately sweet in parts.  You can still hear her Irish roots at work as well.  The success of the album is that it makes me forget about Sinead O’Connor as a celebrity, or face within the media, and just makes me think about her as a musician, and that’s probably when she’s doing her best work.

Grade: B