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Gospel Oak EP


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  • Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
  • Original Release Date: June 3, 1997
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: EP
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B000008TX2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. This Is To Mother You
2. I Am Enough For Myself
3. Petit Poulet
4. 4 My Love
5. This Is A Rebel Song
6. He Moved Through The Fair

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I was enveloped in beautiful music.
Kayla Genesia
"Gospel Oak" is thoroughly enjoyable for many reasons, but primarily because the production is so good, and Sinead's voice has never sounded better.
Marc Cabir Davis
Great set of songs - mellow but very gratifying.
MJH

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By "troytron" on March 8, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Sinead fans were perplexed when, suffering a six-year hiatus between full original albums, Mizz Banshee released this vicious teaser. It turns out to be, perhaps, one of the greatest *incomplete* artistic canvases ever proffered by a recording "star." Gospel Oak, though an EP, is easily Sinead O'Connor's most realized, honest, defining, and elemental work. Owing to her intriguing behavior as an artist, she toured the world to support this teeny little acoustic, made-in-the-bedroom record, while she refused to tour behind Atlantic's multi-million dollar "Let's Re-invent Sinead!" whopper in 2000...the expensive 'Faith and Courage' album. However, this little forgotten piece of brilliance is the record where she truly rediscovered her jaw-droppin' chops as a songwriter, after the hell America put her through in 1992. Turns out that America learned a bit more about the Pope's organization in the meantime, and Sinead, who had effectively squelched her mainstream career, will never recover while the papacy will continue to drag on. But... every song on this record is a vocal masterpiece, a gem of poignant-yet-incisve songwriting, and sheer genius that, for a change, makes somebody actually proud to be a member of the human race. If you can get a copy of this widely shifted disc...do it. Don't put it off. You want real magic in your tired life? Look no further. I am not remotely using hyberbole here. 'Gospel Oak' is *that* good.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Marc Cabir Davis on December 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
What a pity that Sinead O'Connor didn't choose to release her "Gospel Oak" as a full-fledged album. This was exactly the musical direction she was meant to take, and the release of this EP more than a decade ago remains one of her more baffling musical decisions. It was the first time Sinead had tackled songs such as these, with an emphasis on a pop sensibility that bordered on folk, but the true strength of the songs here are their messages - both universal and political.

"This is to Mother You" works both as a feminist anthem as well as a plaintive love ballad. This was Sinead's "Earth Mother" phase and her musical output was just fantastic. The gem "I Am Enough for Myself" is a stunning piece of vocal, with a message of self-empowerment and deliverance. "Petit Poulet" seems childlike but hides a deeper message, but the true stunner is the ballad "This is a Rebel Song", which tackles Anglo-Irish politics through the lens of a woman being left behind. Beautiful.

The final track is a version of "He Moved Through the Fair". I've heard live versions of it on other Sinead compilations, but this is the only CD where you'll find this version. Really something. "Gospel Oak" is thoroughly enjoyable for many reasons, but primarily because the production is so good, and Sinead's voice has never sounded better. I've always held that this one and her "Universal Mother" CD have been her best works ever, and you should try to track down this out of print CD just to possess these rare, rare songs.

1. This Is To Mother You
2. I Am Enough For Myself
3. Petit Poulet
4. 4 My Love
5. This Is A Rebel Song
6. He Moved Through The Fair
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By milkweed on March 9, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I was somewhat disappointed of Faith and Courage because it didn't meet the standards of this release.
Musically this is gem. Vocally it is amazing. It works because sinead is at her best when she just takes it and goes with it. When she tries too hard to make a point, it fails. This album is pure love, devotion and works.
When critics(men usually;I am a man by the way) review her, they drag her down because of things she does. ...
When I play sinead, people come to me and ask who is this. When they find out it's her singing, they are surprised. She's worked with so many people, awhich is her strength. From soundtracks, to groups, world artist etc...
I have turn so many people over to her real talent.
Sinead is a woman who sings, she has more in her catelog that I
wish people would hear.
Sineads voice is a soothing voice, yes a lullaby, I feel at easy when I listen too this album, at peace.
Too bad there are not audio clips. ...
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David on April 20, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I bought this recently after seeing it in a shop for the first time [in Australia].
From start to finish it is a collection of beautiful, gentle music. The lyrics are some of her best and the instrumentation often sparse but perfect. The highlight for me was the last track, 'He Moved Through The Fair', a live recording spotlighting the quality of Sinead's voice.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sheeba on November 21, 2007
Format: Audio CD
This EP is great...as are all of Sinead's albums. Her music is timeless. Still sounds as good as it ever did. Gospel Oak contains one the most beautifully written (and sung) songs about mother loss...if for nothing else buy this EP for this perfect song... This Is To Mother You.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Sinead proves that she can stand out from all those sinead-wannabes. Let them scream,let them shout. Others like Alanis Morisette or Cranberries may sell hot with their fiery songs...But Sinead had already done it long time ago. And she didn't even want to do it again! Yes, she may not be at the top of the charts again...like the one and only <Nothing Compares 2 U>. But she has discovered a new style of singing that heals! <This is to Mother U> showers love to the hearts of those who feel lonely...while <This is a Rebel song> is another political song that is cleverly written,without the angry lyrics like the 1994 <Famine>. This is definitely not a POP-Rock album...coz it is too good to be there. This is the album which u would listen to without getting tire, and would always take great note to the gentle lyrics.
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