So Far - the Best of Sinead O' Best of
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
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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...has some terrible audio quality; I have to crank up the volume just to hear her sing, particularly on "Last day of our acquaintance" and "Fire on Babylon".Published on May 25 2004 by SusieQ
This Hits Collection just proved how talented Sinead is!, sadly she's been missunderstood, and all the media focused in the sad moment when she insulted the POPE, I'm catholic, and... Read morePublished on Nov. 5 2003 by S. Quinto
As with every artist, if you really only want one cd, then the "best of" should be it. This will be a pleasant suprise for those who only knew "Nothing compares 2... Read morePublished on June 30 2003 by H3@+h
It was widely reported a few days ago that Sinead O'Connor is retiring from the music business; if true, I can't think of anything more devastating in regards to music and, better... Read morePublished on May 8 2003 by jon sieruga
I got into Sinead O'Connor via Faith & Courage last year, and now I bought this CD, which is exceptionally good. Read morePublished on June 21 2002
So far..is what the public needs to remember just what a truly remarkable talent Sinead O'Connor is. Read morePublished on Jan. 1 2002 by John
Raw, emotional, daring, and warm. These words describe for me Sinead O'Connor. Her Irish voice whales with hard hitting and full lyrics. I applaude her courage. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2000