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There has never been mistaking Sinead O’Connor for anybody else. A voice born to break as many hearts as windows, as tender as it is lethal. The face, simultaneously that of ocean-wide-eyed angel and shaven-headed warrior queen. And the spirit, courageous in its conviction, undaunted by controversy and fortified with endless reserves of resilience. Sinead O’Connor is that rare ... Read more in Amazon's Sinead O'Connor Store

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  • Audio CD (2 July 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: IRL
  • ASIN: B0000BZWI6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,344 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Regina caeli
2. O filii et filiae
3. My love I bring
4. Do right woman
5. Love hurts
6. Ain't it a shame
7. Chiquitita
8. Brigidine Diana
9. It's all good
10. Love is ours
See all 19 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Molly Malone
2. Oro se do bheatha 'bhaile
3. Singing bird
4. My Lagan love
5. I am stretched on your grave
6. Nothing compares 2 U
7. John I love you
8. Moorlough shore
9. You made me the thief of your heart
10. Paddy's lament
See all 13 tracks on this disc

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In 1987 Sinead’s debut album "The Lion and the Cobra" was released to huge critical acclaim. Her status grew as she went on to release a further seven hit albums worldwide. Over the past 18 years Sinéad has collaborated with many artists including Jah Wobble, The Chieftains, Shane McGowan, Peter Gabriel, MC Lyte, Willie Nelson, The The, Bomb the Bass, Afro-Celt Sound System, Roger Waters, Aslan, Ghostland, Luka Bloom, Asian Dub Foundation, Moby, Massive Attack and Sharon Shannon, as well as contributing tracks to film soundtracks, including Veronica Guerin released in summer 2003. The first CD here contains rare and unreleased material plus five new songs especially recorded for the album. The second is a live recording of her show at Vicar Street in Dublin in October 2002 containing tracks from her album, Sean-Nos Nua and some of her best loved hits. Features productions by Brian Eno, Adrian Sherwood, Rick Nowels, John Reynolds and Massive Attack Disc One: Regina Cael / O Filii et Filiae / My Love I Bring / Do Right Woman / Love Hurts / Ain’t it A Shame / Chiquitita / Brigidine Diana / It’s All Good / Love Is Ours / A Hundred Thousand Angels / You Put Your Arms Around Me (demo) / Emma’s Song / No Matter How Hard I Try (demo) / Dense Water, Deeper Down / This is A Rebel Song / 1000 Mirrors / Big Bunch Of Junkie Lies / Song Of Jerusalem. Disc Two: Molly Malone / Óro Sé do Bheatha ‘Bhaile / The Singing Bird / My Lagan Love / I Am Stretched On Your Grave / Nothing Compares 2 U / John I Love You / The Moorlough Shore / You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart / Paddy’s Lament / Thank You For Hearing Me / Fire On Babylon / The Last Day Of Our Acquaintance.


Sinead O'Connor really knows how to end a career. True, she's been trying to do it since the early 1990s, through incendiary action and regularly spaced announcements of her retirement. The release of She Who Dwells comes with the caveat that it is O'Connor's last wilful act and musical testament--and, who knows, her third attempt to flee the music industry may stick. If so, it's a shame because after nearly a decade of flailing musically, O'Connor rediscovered her true voice in 2002 with Sean-Nos Nua, an album of traditional Irish songs reimagined in surprisingly fresh ways.

She Who Dwells is a two-CD set, but in typical O'Connor fashion it's oddly framed. Disc one is a collection of 19 rarities and previously unreleased tracks split three very different ways. There are more traditional Irish tunes, her electronic collaborations with Massive Attack and Asian Dub Foundation and a range of covers that includes songs written or made famous by Aretha Franklin, Gram Parsons, the B-52s and Abba. (These latter tracks shouldn't work, but for the best evidence they do, check out her almost Tex-Mex pop version of "Chiquitita".)

Disc two is a more traditional career-ending retrospective; it's a 13-track recording taken from a late 2002 concert at Vicar Street Theatre in Dublin. About half the songs come from Sean-Nos Nua, with three songs each lifted off I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got and Universal Mother. O'Connor is backed by a great band that features Irish music stalwarts Donal Lunny and Sharon Shannon. As good as they are, it's O'Connor's voice that stuns throughout, whether singing the Irish blues of "I Am Stretched on Your Grave" or a version of "Nothing Compares to U" that contains both flute and a stately cello solo. One hopes this isn't the last we hear from O'Connor, but even if it is, she's left us on a pure, high note. --Keith Moerer

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "-art" on 20 Aug 2003
Format: Audio CD
Last may, Sinéad O'Connor announced that she retired from music business with a DVD and some collaborations. But it was not completely true. The last present that the Dubliner singer has offered to her audience is called "She Who Dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High Shall Abide Under the Shadow of the Almighty" and it is a double CD. One disc includes covers, rare tracks, demo and new songs, and the other one, live songs.
"Ain't it a shame", by B'52; the classic Abba's song, "Chiquitita" or "Do Right Woman" by Aretha Franklin are some of the covers that the buyer of this album will appreciate. Sinéad O'Connor offers a new vision of these songs with her special and sweet voice, but also with the work of producers like Brian Eno or Adrian Sherwood.
The second disc is a review of Sinéad's career, and there are hits like Nothing compares 2 U, Thank You For Hearing Me, and also songs from her last CD, "Sean-Nos Nua". The setlist of this live CD is the same than her DVD "Goodnight, Thank You, You've Been a Lovely Audience," which was recorded in October 2002, in Dublin.
"She Who Dwells" is a gift that will show in the near future what a lot of people know now: Sinéad is a talented singer that has clearly said a lot of things.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Sep 2003
Format: Audio CD
The news that Sinead was retiring can have suprised few of us , she has always been on the edge of the public / private worlds
she lives in . To follow with an immediate new album similarly
is no shock , perhaps what is, is the depth and range of her out-take catalogue , you kind of knew she liked many of the covers and they would have graced her "Am I not your girl" , Album . I
never thought I would own an ABBA track , I now do , dam it , I
think I even hummed along. For good measure you get a live CD
of the last tour with many of the songs being stripped down to the bone and as you would expect , her voice, floats in and out
of the notes as if a free spirit . If its the end of her carear
its a nice fullstop , if not its an even better comma.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Reno Baldomero on 18 Nov 2007
Format: Audio CD
Sinéad's always been a highly sought after collaborator, and why? Because she's awesome, that is why. She announced her "retirement" right before she released this double-album, but it lasted about two years, and thank Jah for that. The music world would simply feel emptier without her in it. "She Who Dwells" is as mentioned, a double-album. The first disc is a compilation of rare tracks, b-sides and other, and disc two is a live show recorded in Dublin, Ireland, in 2003, at Vicar Street.

Disc 1:

As mentioned, disc one gathers demos, b-sides and other obscure tracks, and most of them are among her best recordings, period. It is beyond me why none of these appeared on any of her studio albums, as they are every bit as stunning as anything that appears on those. She tackles everything from straight pop "Chiquitita", to pure soul "Do Right Woman, Do Right Man", to country "Dense Water, Deeper Down", to rock "Ain't It a Shame", and there is not a bad apple in the lot. Her ability to completely emerge herself in whatever genre she is singing is uncanny. She is as much at home singing reggae (A Hundred Thousand Angels) as she is singing Traditional tunes (Song of Jerusalem), it is almost scary how flexible she is.

Disc 2:

The second disc is the CD version of the DVD-released show "Goodnight, thank you. You've Been a Lovely Audience", and it displays her amazing ability as a live performer. She picked out a few Traditional tracks from her then newest release "Sean Nos-Nua" and a couple of her oldies. All of the tracks blend perfectly together, and the entire set is very cohesive. But, the best thing about this show is of course that voice of hers. She's lost NONE of her power, but she does sing the songs differently.
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very good item arrived in time!
This is a cd not very known but absolutely unique for this singer.
Sinead O'connor discography should b e reconsidered and this one is one of her best
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