2012 album from the controversial Irish singer/songwriter. How About I Be Me (And You Be You) is her ninth studio album and as show stopping a performance as her silver jubilee deserves. Produced by long-term collaborator John Reynolds, its 10 tracks play like an encyclopedic definition of O' Connor's oeuvre: songs about love and loss, hope and regret, pain and redemption, anger and justice. 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 thing in popular music: a complete one-off.
Wow. This is the best album of 2012 and one of the best of her career. It is beautiful, haunting, uplifting, and depressing all in one. This is a pure return to form for one of the most talented singers in the world. Not one filler song on it. Amazing!
This is truly extraordinary in it's scope. The songs touch on so many subjects that you wouldn't normally expect. This is the work of someone not afraid to take risks. But then we know that already about her, don't we. Standout songs include Reason With Me, Old Lady, Back Where You Belong, and The Wolf Is Getting Married. Sometimes raw but always honest, there's hardly a song that doesn't touch my heart. The production is excellent. Highly recommended.
This album is a must-have, quite possibly the finest album I've heard all year. An excellent marriage of lyrics and music, brought to life with that goosebump-making voice. Why isn't the music world shouting out from the rooftops about the brilliance of this recording? Don't burn it, buy it NOW.