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  • Audio CD (Oct. 1 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Warner Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002TM3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 31 customer reviews
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1. Nothing Compares 2 U
2. Mandinka
3. The Emperor's New Clothes
4. The Last Day Of Our Acquaintance
5. Fire On Babylon
6. Troy
7. I Am Stretching On Your Grave
8. Success Has Made A Failure Of Our Home
9. John I Love You
10. Empire - Bomb The Bass
11. I Want Your (Hands On Me)
12. Heroine (Theme From Captive)
13. Don't Cry For Me Argentina
14. You Made Me The Thief Of Your Heart
15. Just Like U Said It Would B

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With a distinctive voice and controversial statements, Sinead O'Connor was briefly in the limelight and quickly in the doghouse. But even her opinionated politics can't take away from the beautiful work she's contributed to the post-punk canon. O'Connor's poignant delivery of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," is still heart-wrenchingly painful. "Troy" is equally evocative. So Far... The Best of Sinead O'Connor provides a thorough sampling of O'Connor's early years. Emotionally charged rockers like "Emperor's New Clothes" and "Mandinka" are essential inclusions, as are her rhythmic explorations with Bomb The Bass, "Empire," and the early "I Want Your (Hands On Me)." Sadly, her Cole Porter contribution to Red, Hot, And Blue was omitted. But O'Connor proves she rightfully deserves diva status with her rendition of "Don't Cry for Me, Argentina." As if there were ever any doubts. --Steve Gdula

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Format: Audio CD
The title of this compilation is misleading, for it does not contain the best of Sinead O'Connor's work. I give it 4 stars because O'Connor deserves 4 stars, at least, not because the choice of songs on here was particularly inspired.
The album starts off like gangbusters, with seven solid tracks in a row. This includes the keening howl and sometimes unsettling intensity of "Troy" and "Mandinka" from "The Lion and the Cobra", the stunning debut album that introduced O'Connor to the world. The mesmerizing "Nothing Compares 2 U" of course makes it on here, as do "I Am Stretched On Your Grave," "The Emperor's New Clothes," and "The Last Day of Our Acquaintance," all from her second album "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got," which showed more mature songwriting and vocal style.
The rest of the album, unfortunately, is hit or miss. Throwaway tracks like "Success Has Made a Failure of Our Home", "I Want Your (Hands on Me)" and the sweet but middling "John I Love You" made it on here in place of more engaging songs. Her guest vocals on Bomb the Bass's "Empire" is also, somewhat inexplicably, included. "Heroine," O'Connor's collaboration with The Edge of U2 fame is a nice, simple touch, but her cover of "Don't Cry For Me Argentina" seems unnecessary, especially when she has written far superior songs herself. Even the yearning "You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart" from the "In the Name of the Father" soundtrack sounds a bit turgid here.
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I'm a fan of Enya and Clannad, and just recently have expanded my collection to include other contemporary Irish and Celtic music. I had heard more of Sinead O'Conner than actually listening to her. And so on my first listen, I found her good, enjoyable. But second time around, I heard so much more in her voice, and her messages. I did find it useful to be aware of the source of each song in order to better understand her and her development. There are four songs from her debut which introduced a startling and strong voice, possibly an angry one: Mandinko; Troy; I Want Your Hands (on me); Just like U Said It Woud B. Indeed, these songs are unexpectedly fresh and new.
Then from "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got," an album re-inforcing the impact of the first, though a bit more controlled, you have: Nothing Compares 2 U; The Emperor's New Clothes; The Last Day of Our Acquaintance; I Am Stretched Out On Your Grave. These songs do show development, and the last of the four is my favorite because I was impressed with the traditional flavor which I wasn't expecting.
From "Am I Not Your Girl?" we have "Success Has Made a Failure of our Home; and "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina." Great as these two are, one feels this album disappointed some of her fans because of the more familiar material.
And "Universal Mother" apparantly was much more mellow and controlled than many of her fans were expecting or wanting, and yet if "Fire On Babylon" and "John I Love You" are examples, I'm sure I'll eventually add it to my collection.
And so you have the impressions of one who wasn't really expecting to become a fan of hers.
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I recently got this CD, just to get to know Sinead's music. I'm Irish myself, so i thought it was about time to see what the big deal was all about. I have even seen Sinead in concert in Chicago at the Irish Fleadh, but only knew "nothing compares 2 U". Now i wish i had bought this cd first. I found such an amazing array of sounds on this cd. It opens up with the memorable "nothing compares 2 U", and goes uphill from there. I fell in love with "Mandinka", "Troy" and "Fire on Babylon". Such power and emotion! And then there were the soft, touching songs - "Heroine" and "John i love you" are beautiful. Even "Don't Cry for me Argentina" seems heartfelt.
Forget about the stories you've heard. Okay, they're probably true, but that doesn't affect her music. Sinead has had so many experiences in her life that they are bound to rub off in her music - and sad as it may sound, that is to our benefit.
After listening to this cd a number of times, i'm after ordering her new one... so go out, buy it, and enjoy it.
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I am glad that the title of the album is So far... the best of Sinead O'Connor. I hope there will be plenty more albums in the future. I normally don't go for greatest hit cd's but most of her music I had on bought cassettes and wanted a cd of her music, so I could listen to it in my car. Plus they were wearing out. I still think "The last day of our aquaintance" and "Troy" are still powerful after all this time. I tend to perfer her Irish influenced songs Like, "He moved through the fair" and "Foggy dew" that she performs on the Chieftain's album and wish they had been included. But, I was happy to hear "You made me the thief of your heart" From In the name of the father. I didn't like her "Am I not your girl?" cd so I could live without the "Don't cry for me Argentina" but overall it gives you a chance to see the diverseness of Sinead's music. It's a definate must have especially for new Sinead fans.
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