Half Notes: Sinead O'Connor – How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? (2012)

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Amazingly, next year marks the 25th anniversary of Sinead O’Connor’s career-making debut, 1987’s The Lion and the Cobra. Unfortunately, other than a memorable cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” her subsequent public life has been notable more for controversy and tabloid headlines (the Pope thing on SNL; public bouts with depression; the recent on-again, off-again, on-again nuptials) than any of her music. That could change with this new release on the One Little Indian label. Featuring return-to-form originals that are both offbeat and powerful (sometimes all at once, as on the reggaefied title track), and a smart cover of “Queen of Denmark” by former Czars frontman John Grant, How To … is her most focused work in some time. While she’s still pissed at the Pope, elsewhere you’ll find a chirpy paean to marriage called “4th and Vine.” No word, however, on whether that was recorded when O’Connor was with her new spouse, without or with all over again.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso

Nick DeRiso has written for USA Today, American Songwriter, All About Jazz, and a host of others. Honored as columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, Louisiana Press Association and Louisiana Sports Writers Association, he oversaw a daily section named Top 10 in the U.S. by the AP before co-founding Something Else! Nick is now associate editor of Ultimate Classic Rock.
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