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Editors’ Notes

Sinead O'Connor remains a gifted singer who conveys hurt, pain, and even joy with an empathy that makes every word stand on end. With a choir of clearly angry Sinead voices, "Take Off Your Shoes" and the a cappella "V.I.P." take aim at the child-abuse scandals that have rocked the Catholic Church. "Reason with Me" inhabits a junkie's soul with a melody that evokes memories of that time around 1990 when it seemed O'Connor would be a chart-topping force for years to come. "Old Lady" and "The Wolf Is Getting Married" express optimism for love and marriage, surprising considering O'Connor's public lack of success in that department. More in line with her moody brilliance, "Back Where You Belong" lets her voice stretch, break, and wail with an emotional fortitude that’s always been her brightest calling card. John Grant's "Queen of Denmark" has its humorous moments and further asserts O'Connor's artistic dominance. She's always been a peerless singer. Here, the material invigorates her to revisit old heights.

Customer Reviews

An exceptional work of heart and candour

With this accomplished release, Sinead confirms that amidst all the controversy it is her music that is often outstripped. 'How About I Be Me?' is her first album of original compositions and lyrics since 2000's 'Faith And Courage'. In between she released 'She Who Dwells...' a 2 disc compilation and 3 albums 'Sean-Nos Nua', 'Throw Down Your Arms' and 'Theology' each a distinct euphonic point yet less recognized than previous endeavours.
'How About I Be Me?' is smartly produced by john Reynolds and starts out strong with the tuneful '4th And Vine'. An impressive calibre of songwriting carries throughout with tracks such as the reckoned 'Take Off Your Shoes' and the upbeat 'The Wolf Is Getting Married' (a touching love song handled brilliantly). John Grant's 'Queen Of Denmark' is the only cover on the album and Sinead delivers a signature performance on this sparring reprisal from a crushed lover. Her final track on the album is a strong statement about the misguided values of humanity.
This is arguably one of her strongest offerings. Calling on all her musical incarnations this album is as engaging and undisguised as the artist herself! Way to go Sinead!


Amazing! Voice is still there! Lyrics are beautiful and haunting. A true return to form for one of the world's best singers! WOW!!

Another Brilliant Album by Sinéad O' Connor

If resiliency had an album, this would be it. How About I Be Me and You Be You is a portrait of an artist as a vulnerable, affable and triumphant woman. O'Connor is a generous artist sharing her spiritual healing journey and reality of living with serious and persistent mental health issues with her fans and critics alike. She is a survivor trying to live wholly. This album references this journey and will ignite you and leave you wanting for more truth laid bare. If you want a different kind of energizer than the average vapid pop album on heavy rotation, this it it. I think the world is ready for this kind of testimonial and celebration. My one hope is to see her perform live. Enjoy.


Born: December 08, 1966 in Dublin, Ireland

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Sinéad O'Connor ranked among the most distinctive and controversial pop music stars of the alternative era, the first and in many ways, the most influential of the numerous female performers whose music dominated airwaves throughout the last decade of the 20th century. Brash and outspoken -- her shaved head, angry visage, and shapeless wardrobe a direct challenge to popular culture's long-prevailing notions of femininity and sexuality -- O'Connor irrevocably altered the image of women in rock; railing...
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