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
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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I’M NOT BOSSY, I’M THE BOSS