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  1. How About I Be Me (and you be you)?
    How About I Be Me (and you be you)?
    How About I Be Me (and you be you)?
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  2. How About I Be Me (and you be you)?

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    Price R363.00

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There has never been mistaking Sinead O' Connor for anybody else. A voice born to break as many hearts as windows, as tender as it is lethal. The face, simultaneously that of ocean-wide-eyed angel and shaven-headed warrior queen. And the spirit, courageous in its conviction, undaunted by controversy and fortified with endless reserves of resilience. Sinead O' Connor is that rare thing in popular music: a complete one-off. From her first breakthrough hit, 1987's Mandinka , to the multi-platinum international success of 1990's I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got with its unforgettable number one version of Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U , from her fearless genre-crossing forays into Irish folk and roots reggae to her collaborations with artists as diverse as Peter Gabriel, Massive Attack and The Chieftans, O Connor has trodden a unique path to become the most iconic Irish female artist of the past 30 years. There is no one like Sinead O Connor. There is only Sinead O Connor.

Lest the world dare forget who Sinead O'Connor is, it s about to be reminded once more. 25 years after her debut, 1987's The Lion And The Cobra, she returns with How About I Be Me (And You Be You), her ninth studio album and as showstopping a performance as her silver jubilee deserves. Produced by long-term collaborator John Reynolds, its ten tracks play like an encyclopaedic definition of O' Connor's oeuvre: songs about love and loss, hope and regret, pain and redemption, anger and justice. 'I kind of realised I've spent a lot of my life as an artist being told what I should be,' says O' Connor of the title. 'Being told you should be this, you should do this, you shouldn t do that. You get to a certain age when you realise no, it's perfectly OK for me to be me, thank you very much, and you to be you. But it s very much an Irish thing. It s really a comment about Ireland and what it's like to be an Irish female artist, and particularly this Irish female artist.'

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I have remained a Sinead O'Connor fan these decades, though the best of her work in at least the past ten years has been as a guest artist on other projects. Still, I dutifully purchase each new Sinead album and usually find at least a couple tracks to embrace. My expectations are low, and I certainly didn't have high ones for How About I Be Me. Have a look at the cover. In a career of really, really ugly album covers, she easily hits a new low with this one.

No one is more surprised then myself when I report how much I LOVE this album! This is her best since I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, and perhaps her most consistently "good" album ever. Her genre/covers albums have been good for what they are, but never as inspired as her original albums. I always felt Universal Mother a bit of hit-and-miss; Faith And Courage had some strong songs, but even those were buried in horrible pop production and resting among a songbag of clunkers; Theology had some inspired lyrics,... Read more
As famous as she's been over the past 25 years for her incredible voice and confessional songwriting, Sinead has also made a name for herself by using the world stage as a therapist's couch. Some folks are content to resolve their dilemmas in private, but Sinead has acted them out all-too publicly. If you didn't know her music, you could easily dismiss Sinead as a publicity-grabbing nut with a big ego. But in point of fact, she's an artist of breathtaking power and originality, as demonstrated by HOW ABOUT I BE ME AND YOU BE YOU. There's too much wisdom, insight and humor in these new songs for me to disparage her character or focus on her extra-musical activities for very long.

HOW ABOUT I BE ME is an astonishing record -- honest, heartbreaking, scathing, hilarious and ultimately deeply compassionate. Its songs explores various facets of sexual and romantic obsession and delusion, drug addiction, hypocrisy and other "lightweight" topics that Sinead is famous for. Sinead... Read more
I passed over the NPR First Listen of this album thinking why listen to a crazy person based on press reports. Stupid me. As a regular viewer of Graham Norton, I was "forced" to sit through her singing a song from this album "The Wolf Is Getting Married". I publicly apologize to Sinead for my ignorance. Sinead you are a genius and a true gem on this earth.
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