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A Soul On Fire,
This review is from: How About I Be Me And You Be You (Audio CD)
Wayward worldly moments aside Sinead O'Connor remains a force to be
reckoned with. Her ninth album 'How About I Be Me and You Be You' is a
powerful piece of work. Confessional, passionate and entirely credible, these
ten performances demand our full attention and commitment to follow her into
some very dark corners of the human soul. The journey is well worth making.
Ms O'Connor's voice remains in fine fettle; from a whisper to a roar her
distinctive tone and diction inhabits these compositions like a wraith
and a devouring demon. It is a persuasive and formidable instrument. Whether
in a touchingly melancholy composition like 'Old Lady' or a coruscatingly
intimate spiritual catharsis like 'Take Off Your Shoes' (surely one of her
very best songs) her firm grasp of both the music and lyrics stirs our blood.
Love and life and death and religion; it's all here spread out in front of us with
skin and hair and bone laid bare to the four winds. This is truly elemental stuff!
I defy anyone not to be deeply moved by her blistering rendition of 'Back Where
You Belong'; a song which digs deep into her very core and comes back with
something transcendentally simple and true. There but for the grace of her god go we.
So too with her take on John Grant's 'Queen Of Denmark', whose words clearly
resonate with her own experience. Her vivid performance cuts like a rusty knife
and the irreducibly beautiful 'Very Far From Home' touches the sublime.
A unique talent firing on all six cylinders, Ms O'Connor's fire burns brightly still.