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In this case, we've got what will forever be referred to as Sinead's reggae album. Because that's exactly what it is. She's dabbled in the genre before, to excellent results, so why not immerse herself in the scene for a while?
Despite this being a covers album within a genre, this is very different from Sean-Nos-Nua, in which she reworked and reinterpreted traditional Irish songs. This time around, she lets the music take her in its direction. The bottom line: It works. O'Connor has an incredible voice which can convey an extraordinary amount of emotion, and she uses it to great effect here. I'm not a fan of reggae, overall, but this album pulls me in. It's rather hypnotic in its way. It feels like the real deal, not just some genre excercize. I'd recommend this to the O'Connor faithful as well as fans of reggae in general.
Although Sinead has dabbled in reggae before, "Throw Down Your Arms" is very different from any of her previous albums. That's what makes Sinead so great, though: she refuses to conform to any popular style and just sings what she wants to sing...and she does a great job at it.
Luckily, O'Connor has never lacked for talent, though she may have lacked for timing. The woman is indeed, as most critics and All Music Guide note, one of the greatest "born" singers to emerge in 20th century pop. She's also had extensive experience with reggae fusions to great success in her strong back-catalogue. People apparently forget that she's still sold 20 million records in spite of the "Pope thing." Her ability to successfully fuse styles was outright pioneering in the late 80s and beyond.
That said, this is a flat-out "religious-experience" record. O'Connor fakes nothing here, from the non-mainstream (but *choice*) reggae/rasta tunes she is covering, to the classic line-up of authentic studio players (recorded with Sly & Robbie at Tuff Gong, for heaven's sake). O'Connor has always been able to throw darts at God and spiritual themes...this album lets her go full-throttle. The opening rendition of "Jah Nuh Dead" is creepy in the best way you could imagine. It's her statement that she means every word she sings. Her soul and passion on every song is the ticket here: sensuous on a great "Curly Locks," firing on Babylon with "Downpressor Man." The title track is, again, spotlessly sung, produced, rendered, you-name-it.
The downside? You have to either really like Sinead O'Connor or really like reggae music and its message. The sounds alone are great for any ear, but at heart (on sleeve) this is a serious work, and not for the casual listener at all.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cool. Calming. Beautiful. Consistent flow between songs. I loved it. I love Sinead's voice. 10% of the proceeds of this album is donated to the Rasta Elders. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tish
The quality of the sound of the music on the compact disc is poor. You can hear a fax machine in the back ground of the vocals on the first track.... Read morePublished 9 months ago by LTM
Wicked. This is a great colab with reggae superstars and a fab female vocalist. She clearly loves reggae music.Published 19 months ago by Silver
Don't have any other Sinead, but this is a wonderful reggae album. A great feel, angst and soulfulness pulled from these old tunes.Published 21 months ago by Daniel Bopp