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Album review: Sinead O'Connor shows who's boss

Sinead O'Connor is scarier, ruddier and altogether more visceral in her latest reincarnation

Published on Aug 21, 2014 7:16 PM
On record, Sinead O'Connor is brazen, flawed, unapologetic, silly, strong and, most of all, honest. -- PHOTO: NETTWERK

There's a track called Harbour on Sinead O'Connor's 10th album, I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss, which shares the name of a song she recorded for Moby back in 2002.

The older song was a delicate, ambient elegy in which she moans about streets full of people fighting and "the saddest song to play/on the strings of my heart".

The new one, though, is more specific - a disturbing portraiture of a "broken 14-year-old girl" who "hasn't been allowed to tell/what actually happened in hell".

It starts off on softly shimmering synths until her voice, lower and raspier now, rides on a maelstrom of drums and guitar, determined to wake up the gods.

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