Title - 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss' (Nettwerk Records)
Artist - Sinead O'Connor
The always-interesting, always innovative Sinead O'Connor has just released an album of brand new recordings, I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss on via Nettwerk Records.
Indicative of where Sinead is in life, the album is passionate and direct, yet with an overarching fragility; her voice is a weapon, as powerful as it is tender.
Sinead O'Connor is a rare thing in popular music: an absolutely unique artist. From her breakthrough hit, 1987's 'Mandinka to the multi-platinum international success of 1990's 'I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got', O'Connor has trodden a unique path to become the most iconic Irish female artist of the past 30 years.
As soon as the first song opens there is no way anyone is going to recognize her "new" singing voice! Sure, once 'How About I Be Me' begins to flow you get glimpses of the old Sinead, but still she has undergone a major musical transformation here. Next up is 'Dense Water Deeper Down,' and is yet another free flowing, bouncy track and is backed by the harder 'Kisses Like Mine' ("I'm Special Forces, they call me in after the divorces").
With not any of the tracks longer than @ 3 minutes each, the gentler 'Your Green Jacket' is next and is backed by both the balladish 'The Vishnu Room' and the oddly-titled, and stronger vocals of 'The Voice of My Doctor.' The lush, highly indepth, personal 'Harbour' is next and when it breaks loose halfway through it will most certainly knock you back. But wow, is it most certainly one of the best tracks on this incredible album.
The funky 'James Brown' (with special guest Seun Kuti) is next and is a very refreshing moment on the album and is backed by the beautiful slo-groove rap of 'Good Reasons.' The telling-it-like-is 'Take Me To Church' is up next and is so revealing, so heart on the sleeve that you just know this is her song of redemption. 'Where Have You Been' is a nice, easy romp, before the haunting piano of 'Streetcars' finally not only brings the album to a close, but brings a little of the old Sinead to the musical fore.