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Sophomore album from the angel-voiced Dublin lass. It’s National Album Day tomorrow (Saturday 16th October) and this year’s theme is celebrating women in music, so I’m celebrating this amazing woman and this beautiful album.
When it comes to women in music, I think it’s safe to say Sinéad does what she wants when she wants and has been doing from the very beginning of her career. Whether you agree with any of her views and decisions or not is irrelevant; the fact that she’s played the game her way and by her own rules has to be appreciated and applauded. Away from any of the controversies, though, the fact remains that Sinéad was blessed with the most beautiful voice I’ve ever heard, and it’s never more evident than what is probably my favourite ever song, ‘I Am Stretched On Your Grave’. The lyrics to the track are taken from an anonymous 17th-century Irish poem translated from Gaelic to English by writer Frank O’Connor (no relation).
The backing track is a sample of James Brown’s famous ‘Funky Drummer’, with a fiddle played by Steve Wickham. This eclectic mix is music perfection to my ears and Sinéad’s masterpiece as far as I’m concerned. Elsewhere on the album, there is, of course, the most gorgeous Number 1 single that’s ever been made. Famously written by Prince but executed so perfectly by Sinéad, ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ still gives me goosebumps to this day, a testament to its timeless beauty.
‘The Last Day of Our Acquaintance’ is another highlight with a guest appearance from bass playing maestro Jah Wobble. Andy Rourke, formerly of The Smiths, also appears on the album on various tracks throughout, along with Marco Pirroni on lead guitar and John Reynolds on drums. I could harp on about the pain and anguish heard in many of the lyrics of this album all day, but you’re better off listening to the woman herself, telling it like it is, like no one else can. Thank God for Sinéad O’Connor; we are indeed blessed to have her.
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