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  • Audio CD (3 Oct. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: That's Why There's Chocolate and Vanilla
  • ASIN: B000BB96N0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 99,773 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Jah Nuh Dead
  2. Marcus Garvey
  3. Door Peep
  4. He Prayed
  5. Curly Locks
  6. Vampire
  7. Y Mas Gan
  8. Prophet Has Arise
  9. Downpressor Man
  10. Throw Down Your Arms
  11. Untold Stories
  12. War

Product Description

In April 2005, thirteen years after she stepped back from the brink of superstardom, Sinead O'Connor finally made the record towards which she had been building her whole career. She travelled alone to Kingston, Jamaica to record THROW DOWN YOUR ARMS at the world famous Tuff Gong and Anchor Studios. The album is a collection of roots songs which have inspired Sinead in her life and work. The legendary rhythm section of Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare produced the album and many of the musicians who played on the original records were enlisted to add authenticity to the sound. The title track was written and originally performed by Studio One legend Winston Rodney, aka Burning Spear, who also originated "Jah Nuh Dead", "Marcus Garvey", "Door Peep" and "He Prayed". Sinead also interprets Peter Tosh's "Downpressor Man", Lee Perry's "Curly Locks", Israel Vibration's "Prophet Has Arise" and The Abyssinians' "Y Mas Gan" amongst other Rasta anthems. But these are tributes, not imitations. While staying true to the composers' visions Sinead has stamped each of these tracks with her own distinctive voice and personality. As Robbie observed to nobody in particular after hearing Sinead lay down a particularly goose-bump inducing vocal, "Forget the originals baby, these ARE the originals".

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I'm no reggae fan, and I honestly believed that Sinead O'Connor had released her last track and was fading into musical retirement, but this album proves me wrong on both counts. Sinead's voice combined with the traditional reggae beat is nothing short of a revelation. Her's has always been a voice full of raw emotion, but it's not quite right to say that she gives new meaning to the music. It's more a case of her interpretation at last explaining the music, revealing the meaning that's been there all along to those of us who haven't understood previously.
This is brave departure for Sinead, but I've a feeling that she made this album for love of the music rather than for any deliberate attempt to change direction. I think this album will introduce both Sinead and reggae to many who haven't really appreciated either before.
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This is wonderful. Sinead plays it absolutely straight and pays tribute to these '70s reggae classics (with some of the original artists) which she so obviously loves.

Her absolute sincerity and the faultless musicianship of this album make it a real treat for reggae fans and non-reggae fans alike.

Lovely.
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Sinead O Connor doing a reggae record. Could be a disaster .. but it isn't. Why not?

I guess because Ms O Connor is a genuine artist. She does it the way she hears it and feels it, and doesn't care at all what the critics or the marketing people say.

And also because she's gone to Tuff Gong - Marley's studio - to record it, with Sly Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, as well as Mikey Chung, on guitar, who has played with Peter Tosh and Lee, Uziah `Sticky' Thompson, who's played with the Wailers and the Mighty Diamonds.

So there's a lovely crisp sound, and Ms O Connor's distinctive vocals. Sean-Nos it ain't, but you can get that from her elsewhere.

Still sceptical (and, as someone who loved the originals, I was until I heard it)?

Well, then get it cheap from one of the Amazon sellers ... ...
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Say what you like about Sinead, she may well be a little "cookie" to say the least but when it comes to making music you cannot fault her. A flawless CD, beautiful vocals, great playing by the band that includes Sly & Robbie, great songs. A Cd that is on constant play in this household. Do yourself a favour & buy yourself a copy today, you wont be disappointed.
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Absolutely love this album, and have been playing it continuously since buying it. Track 7 (Vampire) is the favourite in our house, but they're all good. I love Sinead's voice, and I love reggae, so this album is a real treat!
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Love this album .She sings about things that most mainstream music shys away from .Her faith in God and her outrage at the state of the world and the people who keep like that .She is fierce and gentle all at once .Great reggae album as well .
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I never thought Sinead would be able to top "Universal Mother" (especially "Fire On Babylon"), but this album does it. what an artist!!! Brave enough to continue to side step the expected paths of a "popular" artist. I was able to see Sinead perform this cd live in Detroit and it is amazing. KUDOS to Sinead. Awesome to see an artists have convictions and stick to them!!!
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I bought this album as soon as I heard one track of it on the radio. I've been listening to it on and off for years now.

It has become one of my favourite albums of all time.

It's not perfect and some of the songs are less plausible than others but they are all good and some are brilliant.

If you like reggae, you'll probably love this.

(Also, I've introduced this album to lots of my friends over the years and they all love it too.)
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