HOW ABOUT I BE ME (AND YOU BE YOU)? by Sinead O'Connor on CD
2012 album from the controversial Irish singer/songwriter. How About I Be Me (And You Be You) is her ninth studio album and as show stopping a performance as her silver jubilee deserves. Produced by long-term collaborator John Reynolds, its 10 tracks play like an encyclopedic definition of O' Connor's oeuvre: songs about love and loss, hope and regret, pain and redemption, anger and justice. There has never been mistaking Sinead O' Connor for anybody else. A voice born to break as many hearts as windows, as tender as it is lethal. The face, simultaneously that of ocean-wide-eyed angel and shaven-headed warrior queen. And the spirit, courageous in its conviction, undaunted by controversy and fortified with endless reserves of resilience. Sinead O' Connor is that rare thing in popular music: a complete one-off.