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Sinead O' Connor - Live: Year of The Horse/Value of Ignorance
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In any case, the poetry of Frank Harte has never been more categorically delivered than Sinead's "I Am Stretched Out On Your Grave." She embodies the entire Gaelic and English history of Irish Poetry in this performance. The beautiful "Black Boys on Mopeds" and the ultra sexy "Nothing Compares to U" are hall marks of her early repertoire.
Theses are wonderfully shot performances, and they underscore the tragedy of Sinead having lost her grip on her sanity, reality and career. Before she turned into a mess, she was the single most protean force in rock music ever. What happened was absolutely a tragedy, first for herself. Someone had the foresight to shoot these shows and preserve the tapes. They've done all who love great music and incredible performance art an enormous service. This DVD is absolutely essential.
The Year of the Horse is definetly has more money behind it. Though still simple with the songs only being accented by lighting & camera editing. Sinead is still so pure, but you see the growth. Here you see everything from the band to a dancing Sinead. Incredibly saturated in nuiance. I love this show. I think nothing is more beautiful than how she brings all of these thousands of people together by her music...the entire audience sings along during some songs, & Sinead just smiles. I would too, I mean it's such a reality check to see what you've done & how you've affected others when the whole world sings with you. Chilling, & spiritual. I love this woman.
This 1988 concert showcases a somewhat callow, but still powerful, Sinéad backed handily by The Smiths' recently released Andy Rourke and Mike Joyce. That you don't see the backing musicians is perfectly forgivable. Doubly so for not seeing the audience. The effects *are* a little bit distracting, but not as distracting as the lack of continuity between songs. Still...Sinéad's performances excel by dint of her earnestly passionate expressions of emotion. Sinéad's fiery vocalisations and defiantly shaved head contrast ironically with her consciously feminine cheerleader outfit. At times, she looks just a teensy bit nervous in spite of herself.
Cut to October, 1990. "Nothing Compares 2 U" has already pushed Sinéad into the proverbial limelight. The pleated skirt and leotard top of 1988 have been replaced with an intelligent jacket, flowing dress, spectacles, and earpiece. She positively reeks of maturity and self-confidence as evidenced by her theatrical gestures, provocative dancing, and playful (but in-control) banter with the audience. The 1990 performance showcases a woman who has had to grow up very quickly. She may not have known what she wanted when she was 21, but you get the feeling she knows exactly what she wants at 23.
The rub? For me, it was that neither performance of "Troy" was backed with string arrangements like those used in the studio version--both are performed using a single acoustic guitar and, in case of the 1990 concert, some help from the audience.
Even if you don't know what you want at 21, 31, or 41, odds are pretty good you will enjoy this DVD. :)
The first is early in her career after the Lion and the Cobra. The filming was very static with mostly head shots. But it was great to hear her perform some of the more obscure songs from the first album.
The second was from after her second album, when she was a big star. This one was more of a concert that you'd expect, with a bit of repition from the first.
Overall, a pretty good show.
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Had this on VHS back in 88. The DVD arrived today, in great shape, like new, and I can't wait to watch it again, since it's never been available on youtube.Published on July 10, 2014 by Steven Scott
You'll never regret buying this DVD is absolutely amazing especially the second concert, "The year of the horse. Read morePublished on May 20, 2011 by Wilberth Benedict Ch
YES YOU ARE !!!!! i was lucky enough to see sinead this past october, and what an incredible performance. Read morePublished on January 13, 2008 by D. Lightfoot
surely "value of ignorance" would have been better without all those strange visual effects but... it doesn't matter... Read morePublished on September 1, 2006 by D. P. Daniele