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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.
"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!
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.
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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There are the same songs on both cds but in different versions. I like both a lot. But it is a bit over priced.Published 20 months ago by ojo
when she sings, i travel to a place of peace. i have heard many say she has a voice of an angel. i doubt that, but i would bet she'd be awfully close. this record is spiritual. Read morePublished on June 24, 2013 by JAnAZ
In this CD all the songs really suit her rich voice. Absolutely a pleasure to listen to. Highly recommended for chillingPublished on May 8, 2013 by Denzil
I need to give it some more listens, but after listening twice, it just seems pleasant; there's some "nice" songs. There's just nothing that blew me away. Read morePublished on April 25, 2013 by AGoldin
I bought this album because I was having a wave of nostalgia for Sinead. Little did I realize I was buying a masterpiece. Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by Amazon Customer
I purchased this album through Amazon having been blown away by watching "Something Beautiful" on youtube.
The album comes as both an acoustic and electric version. Read more
I love this 2 cd set! The Dublin Session is a calm, melodic acoustic set of spiritual songs sung in Sinead's rich voice with simplicity and integrity. Read morePublished on February 11, 2011 by Sinead de Burca
I have heard of her and heard a song or two but it is nothing like having a CD of Sinead O'Connor. The use of Psalms with modern day music makes for a thoughtful time of listening. Read morePublished on October 15, 2010 by Randall C. Mcgrady-beach