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Gospel Oak's first track, "This Is to Mother You," amounts to both a repentant self-explanation and an earnest, melodic lead into one of Sinéad O'Connor's best recordings. The humble, yet still defiant O'Connor doesn't bury her convictions on this 1997 EP as much as she employs empathy to explain herself and try to reestablish her tattered bonds with friends and fans. During the early '90s, after coming out, she tossed political, sexual, and religious taboos into the sun and fermented the flesh of the sanctimonious, which proved to be a dangerous exercise that heavily taxed all parties involved. The increasingly corporate information state, and the media tools and junkies, all had their histrionic fill. So like tired lovers, sick of each other's breathing, a contemptuous fracture ensued, resulting in O'Connor's withdrawal from the scrutiny and abuse that plagued her. Returning with Gospel Oak — its gentle, organic instrumentation setting a quiet stage for silky, subtly challenging vocals — the singer executed her cautious public re-entry with precision and grace. On this six-track release, O'Connor isn't interested in complaints or accusations, but instead, she yearns to make real a universal personal respect, and perhaps forgiveness for her myriad of abstract — or even imagined — betrayals. These are the statements of a repressed, discounted martyr, and there is not a woman more qualified to recite them. [This edition features the bonus track "Fire on Babylon [Eternal Recurrence Mix]."]


Born: 08 December 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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