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Sinead O'Connor sings from the heart and inspires the soul. Theology marks the first new material from Sinead since 2000's Faith And Courage - nine songs supplemented by three stunning reinterpretations: Curtis Mayfield's 'We The People Who Are Darker Than Blue', the reggae standard 'Rivers of Babylon' and Andrew Lloyd Webber's and Tim Rice's classic 'I Don't Know How To Love Him' from Jesus Christ Superstar. This unique two CD collection offers very different versions of these songs, recorded in separate locations. The Dublin Sessions CD features haunting, intimate, acoustically-based versions. The London Sessions CD is composed of more contemporary pop-rock arrangements.

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The uncompromising Irish artist, spiritualist, and provocateur gives a twist to the critical truism that double albums would generally be stronger if edited into a single disc. With what she terms her "attempt to create a place of peace in a time of war," Sinéad O'Connor consciously risks charges of not merely padding but redundancy, as the two discs feature practically the same set of material recorded in different settings. The "Dublin Sessions" are more minimal and acoustic, and the "London Sessions" incorporate full-band arrangements including harp, strings, horns, and percussion. Finding dual inspiration in Jerusalem and Jamaica, the material proves all the more revelatory in the contrasting settings, as the minimalist approach underscores vocal intimacy while the band arrangements build to majestic intensity. The opening "Jeremiah (Something Beautiful)" ranks with O'Connor's loveliest music to date, with "Job (Watcher of Men)" among her most tormented. The cover(s) of Curtis Mayfield's "We Are People Who Are Darker than Blue" fits perfectly, though a misguided attempt at "I Don't Know How to Love Him" (from Jesus Christ Superstar, mercifully featured only on the second disc) proves that some musical miracles are beyond even Sinéad's power. The second disc sounds more like pop; the first disc sounds more like prayer. --Don McLeese


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 26, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Koch Records
  • ASIN: B000P6R8KE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,634 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Susan Millerwade on June 26, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Sinead's new cd,"Theology" is a real treat for her loving fans who have been watching a countdown to the day of this release.The first thing a person needs to know about Sinead is that she does what she considers valuable.Since she often invests her own money into her projects,she is able to choose the material that is meaningful to her,and to sing other arist's songs as she wishes.Sinead is known world-wide for her disdain for the music industry,and she works hard to keep their commercially-minded tentacles off her.
I personally love this new direction,which is,after all,not new.Sinead is also known for her spirituality and interest in world religions.Not being a religious person,I take what I need and leave the rest,but others may find all of it personally useful and moving.The music can reach anyone who can listen.There are people in little villages in Peru who will tell you stories of how Sinead's music has helped them through hard times,and given much joy.Don't be afraid of the title of this cd.
"Vineyard" is yet another of Sinead's songs that makes your hair stand up-it reaches deep inside the careful and respectful listener."Something Beautiful" is something indeed very beautiful.
I don't see a negative difference between the Sinead of today and the young Sinead with the voice of an angel.She's 40 now,with 4 children,and the self-assurance that age hopefully brings us all.Of course she's different.Viva la difference!
Potential buyers should be aware that some reviewers are suspected of not even listening to the cd before writing.Savvy readers can tell.
Sinead O'Connor still has the power,she still has the genius,she still has the guts.Her core group of fans will never leave her,but this new cd is not inaccessible to anyone.Only buy this if you love the best in music.But be aware-this is not background music.It insists that you listen and be quiet while you do,and it's worth it.She still shines on so brightly.5 stars,without a doubt.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 3, 2008
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In 2005 Sinead O'Connor came roaring back (as if she really ever was gone!) with the outstanding all-out reggae album "Throw Down Your Arms", which was one of the best albums of the year for me. As it turns out, it was regretfully only a one-time diversion, as Sinead went on her merry way after that to the next project.

"Theology" (2 CDs, 22 tracks, 91 min.) essentially brings a two-fer album. On CD1 "Dublin Sessions" (11 tracks, 41 min.) Sinead O'Connor brings all of the songs in an intimate setting, just acoustic guitar and vocals. One might almost be tempted to say those are the demos from which CD2 would come, but that's doing injustice to the intimate songs of CD1. The best song for me on CD1 is "Rivers of Babylon", one of the few traditional songs (arranged by Sinead), and almost unrecognisably so, but very beautifully. I rate the first CD 4 stars. On CD2 "London Sessions" (11 tracks, 50 min.). the same songs (but in a slightly different running order) are brought with a full band, and some songs are better than others. I liked the very different sounding "We People Who Are Darker Than Blue" (with drum machine, no less), as well as "Whomsoever Dwells" with the long intsrumental intro. CD2 has an extra song, a truly dreadful cover of "I Don't Know How to Love Him", what was Sinead thinking on this one? I rate the second CD 3 stars.

In all, "Theology" is ambitious and sprawling (not unlike Sinead's earlier "She Who Dwells" double album), but there is no denying the beautiful voice that Sinead continues to showcase. From that angle, CD1 works better for me than CD2. I had the good fortune of catching Sinead on tour last Fall in Chicago in support of this album, and it being my first time seeing her live, I enjoyed it from start to finish. She played a number of songs from "Theology", but also a number of her classics including of course "Nothing Compares to U". An unforgettable evening of music!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By V. Gardner on July 12, 2007
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Sinead's new album meets her goals...it gives me such a feeling of peace in this troubled world. I'm not the keenest on religiously-toned music even though i'm religious. Much of what is out there does not touch my heart. This album both touches my heart AND my soul. I feel so relaxed when I pop either disc into the player. I almost want to cry...out of sheer joy.

The spirituality is not in your face...and that's much of why it appeals to me so much. Her songs are gorgeous and so tender. Give it...and peace a chance.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. Marsh on June 27, 2007
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I have been a fan forever and have taken a lot of inspiration from Sinead. Here in a time of world craziness she brings us a release of prayers. Beautiful, soft, pleading and very much needed. I enjoyed listening to the London sessions first, then revisiting the Dublin sessions to strip the songs back down. To me, it is truly two different CDs.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By K.H. on July 4, 2007
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Sinead O'Connor is one of those love to hate and hate to love artist. Really - some of her albums (oops, showing my age, I mean CDs) are horrible, and others great. This is her best CD in a long while surpassing "Faith and Courage." First, unlike many of her CDs, there are 3 to 4 songs worth praising; but, here in "Theology" O'Connor sings heartfelt lyrics, most of which are penned by her. Her theological confusion (really, she is no philosopher or theologian) actually, is probably a benefit here as she produces one psalm after another. There is her confusion of Rastafarian, Judaism and Christianity present to the trained observer (for example, Jah are references all three religions can accept as a name for God), but her soulful cry, hope, angst, and love are present in one song after the next. In spiritual music that speaks to many people on a multiple level of layers, her songs are just what may be needed (King David anyone).

I found the London sessions more enjoyable than the Dublin Sessions. Dublin is stripped down, but I think that is why she produced two sessions, knowing the audience will be affected at multiple layers and will find one version more spiritually fulfilling than the other.
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