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I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

Sinead O'Connor

1990

I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
Album Summary

I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got is the second album by Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor, released in March 1990 on Ensign/Chrysalis Records. It contains O'Connor's version of the Prince song "Nothing Compares 2 U", which was released as a single and reached number one in multiple countries. The album was nominated for four Grammy Awards in 1991, including Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and Best Music Video, Short Form for "Nothing Compares 2 U", winning the award for Best Alternative Music Performance. However, O'Connor refused to accept the nominations and award.

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Genres

  • Folk
  • Rock

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Mon Jun 05 2023
4

It's pretty hard to think of an artist who was done dirtier in their time that Sinead O'Connor. Her career was destroyed because she ripped up a picture of the pope to protest the Catholic Church protecting pedophiles, and yet she herself was a victim of the church, as were thousands and thousands of other people world wide. She was 100% right and had so much shit talked about her. So anyway, the album. It's good. Not particularly my style of music, but her voice is great, and there's a lot of gravity to her songs. Nothing Compares 2 U is a fucking banger for such a depressing song. It's also nice that she can mix things up with more upbeat songs like Jump in the River. Using a loop from James Brown's Funky Drummer was a nice touch (I also hadn't realized before this that the same loop was used in Scarlett Begonias by Sublime). Overall a really good listen from an artists who should have had a much bigger career 4/5

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Fri Feb 17 2023
3

*I Do Not Want What I Do Not Have

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Sun Jan 31 2021
5

Bang pints of Guinness together for Sinead!! This is not only my favorite record of her amazing catalog, but one of the most personally satisfying of the 80s, 90s, and beyond. O'Connor's hauntingly emotional voice is a delicate and powerful instrument, and one I fell hard in love with as a teenager. The Emperor's New Clothes and her cover of Prince's Nothing Compares 2 U were the first singles that dropped on our local college radio station, THE BUS. I believe it was that very next week that I counted my bills and headed over to Chicago Records in Kankakee to grab this on cassette. An example of Sinead's vocal diversity is the moody transition from Feel So Different to I Am Stretched On Your Grave to Three Babies. Without sounding too crazy, I really don't know what more I could ask for in a record, both vocally, lyrically, and instrumentally. It is folk, it is rock, it is alternative, it is Irish...and its beauty and spiritual ascent spans a vast spectrum, from stories to meditations. And just when you think you've had enough Jameson and know what's next, Sinead surprises you with an unexpected shift (i.e. Black Boys to Nothing Compares to Jump In The River) that many times has left me in tears. The last 3 songs on the album tell all. Truly, thank you for sharing your gift and touching me deeply. I Do Not W*ant What I Haven't Got, unless I don't got Sinead. xo ** I would put this is in my top 10 flashback records that I spin on a regular basis

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

Haunting, melodic, political, spare, heart-rending & heartfelt. Sinead brings it all and more with this album. Both the vocals are the production are stunning in their simplicity. The anger, desperation and plaintiveness of the lyricsm bring an emotional wallop to every track, especially when paired with her yearning vocals. This album is sublime.

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Wed Sep 22 2021
5

I love black cherry iice cream but it’s pretty easy to hate Sinéad if you're a fan of the Pope / Catholic church or were watching SNL in 1992. There are also some difficult-to-unsee dancing in her MTV videos that also may give you pause. But if you were lucky enough to listen to her before the aforementioned, you’ll probably agree 'I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got' is the best album of 1990. In an age of maximalism, this album shows that maximum impact is achievable with basic tools and simple beats. There are no gimmicky production tricks, flimsy bass or wild synth-y sounds to date this album by. It holds up well, unlike ice cream on the beach or Prince’s Sign of the Times. From an a capella title track to the steady power chords of Jump in the River, the beauty in the album is its simplicity. Wikipedia says that this album was almost entirely devoted to the family of Colin Roach and presumably he is the subject of Black Boys on Mopeds. That song itself resonates stronger today than it did when it was released. This fact catapults it into the another realm. Nothing Compares 2 the use of James Brown's Funky Drummer backup on Stretched Out On Your Grave, or the gentle strum and steady build of Last Day of Our Acquaintance. I love how the tenor of that song creates liberation from a stifled existence. The entire album is great, but The Emperor's New Clothes keeps me coming back to listen to the rest. Emotionally, this album rides the line of somber relaxation and unrealized power on the brink of erruption. Without being too heavy, I could listen to this on my way to a protest rally or any Sunday morning. This is a Five for sure, but to put the five into context, I’ll offer this. If I was stranded on a desert island forever and had one album to take, this might be it, this and an everlasting supply of black cherry ice cream with a cooler.

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Fri Oct 14 2022
5

I feel this woman and her music resonates so me with me on another level,I feel the music she makes deep inside

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Fri Dec 30 2022
5

I don't plan on handing out too many 5 stars. But Sinead hits on every level. She sings, composes, writes and produces her own music which I might add is damned good. Her haunting voice with simple melodies. She had to balls to stand up to the Catholic church way before it became a trend and almost lost her career for it. If iIcould give her a 10 I would.

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Thu Feb 09 2023
5

If you want to look longingly somewhere this is the album for you

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Sun Aug 21 2022
5

This album gets all the love because of Nothing Compares to you. But to be honest, there are so many other amazing tracks on this album that I'd choose 100% of the time instead. Some of my favourite Sinead O'Connor songs are here, Three Babies, Emperor's New Clothes, Black Boys on Mopeds and Last Day Of Our Aquaintance, which hits me in the feels every time with it's power and angst. Such a great album and was wonderful to revisit.

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Sun Jan 15 2023
5

I fell in love with this album when it was released and listened to it a lot through the 90s. But somewhere in the last thirty years I sort of lost touch and hadn’t listened to this in a very long time. Listening to it tonight is like reuniting with an old friend. I feel completely at home here. Loved. Warm. Wonderful. I’d call out favorite tracks but I’d end up listing them all. It’s an album that’s great from beginning to end. It couldn’t reappear in my life at a better time.

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Sun Jan 15 2023
5

This is a great album. Songs are distinct, both musically and thematically, and O'Connor's adept vocals still haunt even thirty years later. Lots of good songs that add up to a satisfying, unified whole.

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Sun Jan 15 2023
5

Sinéad's voice is quite amazing. It can go from etherial and angelic to deeply powerful and sharp as a razor. I think that range was really what made "Nothing Compares 2 U" so notable. This album had all of it. It sometimes felt religious in that O'Connor sings with such emotion and fervor. This is quite a work!

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Thu Mar 09 2023
5

Wow! What an album. I've been familiar with Sinead's version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" for most of my life, but this was my first time hearing any of her other music, and I was blown away. Her unique and powerful vocals punctuate every word of her emotional lyrics. The instrumentation on these songs is varied, but each song is gorgeous and beautifully arranged. I figured this would be a good album, but I did not count on it being incredible. I will definitely be listening to this again some day soon.

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Mon Jul 24 2023
5

When I think of this album, the video comes to mind that they did for "Nothing Compares 2 U." It was unusual at the time, very simple. For much of the video the camera was trained closely on Sinead O'Connor's face. No bells or whistles, the camera forces you to confront only her voice and her face, and all the emotion that passes over her as you watch. It's such a striking visual, one I can't watch without tearing up a little. This album functions much in the same way. The best arrangements are simple, with a gorgeous use of strings, or sometimes not much more than a guitar and O'Connor's voice. Some songs have more of an alt-folk-celtic rock vibe that suits O'Connor's voice well, but she is at her best when the songs use a less is more approach. For baby me in 1990 (my freshman year in college), having someone like Sinead O'Connor to listen to was so emotionally and personally affirming. She didn't sing go-girl anthems like a lot of pop singers do now. She laid everything she felt on the table, holding nothing back. She could make her voice sound lovely and ethereal, or make it crack with rage or sorrow when she wanted to. She didn't care if she came off as abrasive or strident or weird; she also didn't care if she was a pop star. She suffered for that though, didn't she? But, for all O'Connor's personal struggles over the years, she's as uncompromising now as she ever was. We could use a lot more like her in music. The songs range from unabashedly political to painfully intimate, with incredibly eloquent lyrics that read like poetry. Her devastatingly lovely rendition of the Prince-penned song "Nothing Compares 2 U" is splendid, best thing on the album. All this to say, I feel really lucky to have experienced this album the first time around and I'm happy to report that the album has aged beautifully. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Nothing Compares 2 U, Three Babies, The Emperor's New Clothes, Black Boys on Mopeds, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, I Am Stretched on Your Grave, You Cause as Much Sorrow, The Last Day of Our Acquaintance, Feel So Different, Jump in the River

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Wed Mar 03 2021
2

Somehow manages to be angry and dull. Nothing Compares is a banger though obvs

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Tue May 04 2021
2

boring, not awful but i dont want to listen to it again ever.

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Thu Sep 21 2023
5

Great album from an inspirational artist. I knew of Sinead O'Connor from the SNL protest, but hadn't listened to much of her actual music. This album was a strong showing, I think amplified for me by my admiration for her courage and steadfast commitment to her values throughout her career.

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Mon Jul 05 2021
4

Ethereal and grounded at the same time

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Tue May 04 2021
4

Fantastic album with a Van Morrison reference in 'Black Boys on mopeds'. O'connor has often spoke about how the man is her favourite artist and they have appeared on Letterman together in the mid 90's (Van was drunk).

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Fri Aug 13 2021
4

I felt really Irish while listening to this

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Fri Feb 11 2022
4

A beautiful album, O’Connor’s voice is sublime and her song choices are intriguing, managing to cross a range of genres and styles without feeling disjointed. Nothing Compares 2 U is the obvious highlight and loses none of its emotional heft (despite its ubiquity at the time of its release). Black Boys on Mopeds is a quietly seething protest song and The Emperor’s New Clothes gives us a glimpse of what O’Connor’s career as a power pop star might have looked like. A fantastic listen.

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Fri Jul 21 2023
4

Beautiful and powerful, of course "nothing compares to you" is an all time great but it's so consistent with the rest of the album I was surprised. If I was hearing that tune for the first time I'd probably give it a 5. not every tune is a win, but the opener and general vibe of the album makes this so strong. 4

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Fri Jul 28 2023
4

Half the tracks on this album are exceptional. 'Feels So Different' is a great, confessional, cello-led opener; 'Three Babies' intensely personal and sad; 'Black Boys On Mopeds' hard hitting and political; and 'I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got' closes the album beautifully with an acapella, almost monastic, chant. Whilst not her own words, 'Nothing Compares 2 U' is an achingly beautiful song about loss, which O'Connor has made her own. It could relate equally to a break up or to the loss of a loved one. A timeless classic. As evidenced on this album, Sinéad O'Connor had an incredible voice for conveying hurt, damage and loss, which it seems she experienced all too much of in her life. This album is raw and difficult, but simultaneously beautiful and soothing. Her death yesterday is the sad loss of a great artist. Rating: 4/5 Playlist track: Nothing Compares 2 U Date listened: 27/07/23

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Wed Aug 09 2023
4

I picked up this CD when it first came out. The album is full of haunting and seemingly autobiographical songs. In her biggest hit, Sinead takes Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U” and makes it her own. I think “The Emperor’s New Clothes” was a single too. Really good album. I’m glad this came up to listen to when it did. Sinead recently passed and it was good to hear her once again. Incredible talent. So sad she was such a tortured soul. I hope she finds peace.

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Fri Aug 11 2023
4

While this album started out slow I found myself really enjoying everything including and beyond emperor's new clothes. Her lyrics mostly hold up and even the lines bagging on Margaret Thatcher are still true. Combined with her excellent voice, the songs are all thick with emotion and weight. Obviously nothing compares is my fav but I also really enjoyed emperor's new clothes, black boys on mopeds, and the song that had Irish fiddles in it. My biggest takeaway was that she got far more hate than she deserved in her heyday because her songwriting and live performances were no more subversive and edgy than the grunge and metal and rap movements happening around the same time. Satanic panic won't kill your career but tear up one picture of the pope and you're fucked.

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Sat Aug 07 2021
3

3.8 + So many thoughts and feelings surrounding Sinéad O'Connor. When she first busted onto my radar in 1989, I was utterly fascinated by her beautiful baby face and her rebellious spirit. It seems banal to comment on her bald head but at the time there were absolutely ZERO other female entertainers who had the balls to sport that look. Her baldness made her the butt of countless cheap jokes on American television. Regardless, her two hit videos were on heavy rotation on MTV. \"Nothing Compares...\" is a lush, gorgeous, expansive arrangement that gives Sinéad's voice the backdrop to flutter and soar. The single tear she sheds in the video, with the tight camera shot on her angelic face - for ten year old me, it felt sublime. \"Emperor's New Clothes\" still reads as her mission statement that in retrospect serves as a general narrative to her life as an artists and public figure: \"Whatever it may bring, I will live by own policies, I will sleep with a clear conscience, I will sleep in peace.\" That uncompromising stance has come up again and again - the tearing of the pope's picture on SNL, her born-again Christian phase, coming out as gay, converting to Islam... - she's made choices that have cast her negatively in the limelight but she's stood by what she believes often risking her own image and mental health. Sometimes I wish she were better able to play nice. But surely she'd end up another throwaway whatever-happened-to artist - more so than she is currently. Now, putting aside her status as pop music's Contrarian, we're left with her music. Unfortunately, for me, the quality and luster in these tracks remains inconsistent and sometimes lacking. Setting aside \"Nothing Compares...\", which she made her own heartbreak song for the ages, we're left with songs that might be generously described as \"quirky\" and \"unique.\" Frankly, the arrangements on some of these songs is confusing (\"I Am Stretched On Your Grave\") and the lyrics are sometimes cringe-y in their directness (\"Black Boys on Mopeds\" and \"Three Babies\"). To be sure, there are some solid moments (\"You Cause as Much Sorrow\", \"Jump in the River\"). I've tried over the years to LOVE this album, which is probably her best, because I've often loved Sinead O'Connor's brave, authentic, rebellious persona. But try as I might, I still only like it.

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Wed May 17 2023
3

My perception of Sinead O’Connor is forever jagged by the backlash of public opinion that followed her tearing a picture of the pope on SNL. However, in retrospect it was such a punk move and she was fucking right. That doesn’t mean her music is as memorable as that event, but it does deserve a second look after being discarded for decades. Emperor’s New Clothes is actually a fantastic song, and so are a few others like Three Babies and Black Boys on Mopeds. Her cover of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U obviously carried her to the level of stardom where she had access to the platform to deliver her polarizing statement, but I still think Prince’s version is much better. But viewing hers in conjunction with the conflicted pain of her mother’s death, it does hold a strong message. I watched the video of her appearance at the Bob Dylan tribute that occurred a few weeks after the SNL event - it is actually such an astounding moment of personal strength as she basically says fuck you to the crowd who is primarily booing her and breaks out in an acappella version of Bob Marley’s War, again repurposing it’s message against racism as one against child abuse. If I ever teach a course on music history, I’m devoting a lesson to that video.

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Thu Mar 16 2023
2

Before today I had never heard of Sinead O'Connor. She is apparently an Irish pop rock singer with Celtic influences. I thought that didn't sound so bad, but man was I wrong. This is the most angst ridden, melancholic heap of trash that I've ever listened to. Why is she so mad? Have a hamburger ffs. Upon listening to this album, I couldn't help but think that I had heard of this persona of hers somewhere else before. My mind kept going to an episode of Father Ted, which is called "Rock a Hula Ted". In the episode, a hateful, feminist, anti-Christian, vegan pop star (named Niamh Connelly) comes to Craggy Island to confront the priests because she blasted the Catholic Church on TV for turning potato factories into child labor camps during the Great Famine. During the course of the episode, Father Ted is trying to convince her that he isn't mysogenistic while keeping his housekeeper Mrs Doyle busy doing hard labour tasks, and judging the "Lovely Girls Competition" on the island. Niamh sings a few of her "songs" during the episode, which are just noise with moaning and angry lyrics (which is what I heard on Sinead's album). Upon researching this episode, it turns out that Niamh IS loosely based on Sinead O'Connor!! That's amazing!!! Anyways, back to this "album". The fiddle breakdown was awesome at the end of "I Am Stretched On Your Grave", and the best song on the record was a cover of Prince's song "Nothing Compares 2 U". These two facts should tell you all you need to know about the album. Overall, not great. I'll give her a point just because she made me remember that hilarious episode of Father Ted. Thank God that album is over. Favourite songs: Nothing Compares 2 U, Jump In The River, The Emperor's New Clothes, Black Boys on Mopeds Least favourite songs: Feels So Different, Three Babies, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, You Cause As Much Sorrow, Last Day of Our Acquaintance 2/5

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Sun Dec 10 2023
2

Similar to a lot of albums on this list, good singing but too slow and doesn’t grab my attention.

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Thu Dec 21 2023
2

Just a bunch of sad, drawn out ballads, nothing interesting in the arrangement or lyrics. Her voice is fine.

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Thu Jan 28 2021
5

This album is surprisingly varied, stylistically. I'm a sucker for Irish-sound, so those tracks were easy. The rest of it had sounds that generally jived with me; it's all in my 90's wheelhouse. I'm giving this one 5 stars, but it's not as strong a 5 as Aretha's.

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Wed Mar 31 2021
5

Great album. Stripped down and so good.

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Mon Feb 01 2021
5

Oh my god. This album. I loved it the first time I heard it and I love it just as much now. I listened to it endlessly in 1990. I used it to test out the first real set of speakers I got. I needed some base. I still have those JBLs. I didn't listen to much of her stuff after this, but this and Lion and the Cobra were everything.

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Fri Nov 05 2021
5

Rock-pop-folk. Me ha gustado mucho.

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Fri Feb 11 2022
5

Álbum de pura calma. Canções lentas que, em alguns momentos, lembram mantras e sons de meditação. Cantora irlandesa. Sofreu abusos durante a infância. Acabou de perder seu filho para a depressão. Uma voz doce, mas também rebelde, firme.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
5

I love this melodramatic record, a lot of soulfullness surprisingly, and even though it is a little cheesy, I was surprised that it did feel quite authentic.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

Great music. And really deep meanings. I would definitely listen again.

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Mon Jun 27 2022
5

Rock-pop-folk. Me ha gustado mucho.

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Fri Aug 19 2022
5

Feel So Different praticamente só vocal, muito bom. Nothing Comparing 2 U é um clássico!!

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Wed Sep 14 2022
5

I forgot how much I liked t his. It's so good.

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Fri Nov 25 2022
5

one of the biggest crush of my youth. And this is a very good album.

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Sun Jan 15 2023
5

I didn't have much appreciation for Sinead back when this album was released and never had I ever listened to it. This was a real treat!

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Mon Jun 19 2023
5

5. Such a great album. Definitely deserves a place on this list!

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Fri Sep 01 2023
5

Wonderful stuff, which changed the music world in ways we can only see years later - without this I don't think Alanis, Tori Amos or Cranberries have the success they did.

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Fri Sep 15 2023
5

I'm walking through the desert And I am not frightened although it's hot I have all that I requested And I do not want what I haven't got I have learned this from my mother See how happy she has made me I will take this road much further Though I know not where it takes me I have water for my journey I have bread and I have wine No longer will I be hungry For the bread of life is mine I saw a navy blue bird Flying way above the sea I walked on and I learned later That this navy blue bird was me I returned a paler blue bird And this is the advice they gave me You must not try to be too pure You must fly closer to the sea So I'm walking through the desert And I am not frightened although it's hot I have all that I requested And I do not want what I haven't got I never listened to this album all the way through before - I initially dismissed Sinead as "too cool for herself" and only really heard Nothing Compares 2U. That was really something, but it wasnt enough to make me listen to everything else. Well, its an excellent album and she was an excellent singer (and human). I'm not surprised, just aware that it was me getting in my own way again. 5/5

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Sat Sep 16 2023
5

Well this hits as a little sadder now, doesn't it? Rest in peace, Sinead.

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Sun Oct 15 2023
5

I love the tone of her voice it’s just so nice to listen to I really enjoyed the musical composition of her songs Have to say I’ve never listened to her music before now but glad this project got me to listen to her album I think this is one of the most beautiful sounding albums I’ve listened to so far Stand out songs: Feels So Different, Three Babies, Black Boys on Mopeds, Nothing Compares 2 U. R.I.P to a lovely voice

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Thu Nov 16 2023
5

Justice for Sinéad! Amazing voice and timeless artist... one of the best ever. RIP

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Sat Nov 18 2023
5

Love her. RIP Standouts: Nothing Compares 2 U, Feel So Different, Tree Babies, The Emperor's New Clothes, Black Boys on Mopeds, The Last Day of Our Acquaintance, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got Others: I Am Stretched on Your Grave, Jump in the River, You Cause as Much Sorrow, 4.5

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Sun Nov 19 2023
5

Понравились ирландские мотивы в некоторых песнях, и вообще оказалось разнообразнее, чем ожидала

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Thu Nov 23 2023
5

Great album, emotional and catchy songs and a strong voice

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Tue Nov 28 2023
5

One of best albums of the 90s.

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Wed Dec 06 2023
5

It‘s been 7 hours and 15 dayys: She made many songs in different genres. I‘m eager to listen more to her songs. personal top3 in no order: Nothing Compares 2 U Feel so Different Jump in the River

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Wed Dec 20 2023
5

This is an amazing album. I've got to be honest, I have always loved 'Nothing Compares 2 U' but never really dug that deep into the rest of Sinead O'Connor's catalog. Listening to this album in whole was great and I was surprised that nearly every song stood out to me on first listen. I will definitely be adding this one to my own library and listen to it more going forward. I've got to give it a 5/5. Standout Tracks: I Am Stretched on Your Grave, Three Babies, The Emperor's New Clothes, Black Boys on Mopeds, Nothing Compares 2 U, Jump in the River, You Cause as Much Sorrow, The Last Day of Our Acquaintance

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Wed Jan 03 2024
5

Goddamn, what a great album. Sinead's vocals are truly incredible. Nothing compares 2 U was always a favorite but I am so glad to have finally listened to the rest of this record. RIP Sinead....

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Fri Jan 05 2024
5

i liked this so much more than i expected to. and not that i didn't expect to enjoy her but omg it is so excellent... maybe it's not a perfect 5 but i'm doing it anyway

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Fri Jan 05 2024
5

first time ive listened to sinead besides nothing compares 2 u and oh mein gott... cried like twice going thru this black boys on mopeds & you cause as much sorrow... aaaaaaaaaaaa

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Fri Jan 12 2024
5

Great album. Nothing Compares 2 U is a standout of course. Some other really great tracks.

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Wed Jan 17 2024
5

I listened to it twice. What an amazing album, powerful lyrics with sometimes oxymoronic melodies. Nothing Compares 2 U actually seems a bit out of place on this, but it's good enough on it's own that it doesn't matter. Masterpiece.

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Wed Jan 17 2024
5

Still can't believe we lost Sinéad and Shane in the same year. Ireland says fuck 2023

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Thu Jan 18 2024
5

It's still a beautiful album

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Sat Jan 20 2024
5

I remember how big a hit Nothing Compares 2 U was and I remember watching the legendary SNL appearance when it aired, but other than that, I only knew Sinéad O’Connor’s reputation as a fearless artist. So, this albums was almost completely new to me and I’m really impressed. The music is spare and haunting. There is nothing to mask the lyrics, which are sometimes brutal and always direct. You can tell that this is an uncompromising artist, but the music is sometimes beautiful and always direct.

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Wed Jan 24 2024
5

Absolutely loved this, what a talent

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Sun Jan 28 2024
5

Amazing album. What is most wonderful- her songs that never made it to the charts are true gems.

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Fri Mar 01 2024
5

”To say what you feel is to dig your own grave” Raw, powerful and beautiful. Still, one of my favorites of all time. Rip Sinéad.

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Wed Mar 13 2024
5

I haven't listened to Sinēad O'Connor besides the Prince cover, and I've always preferred Prince's version so I was absolutely blown away by how much I loved this album. The first album on this list that surprised me and I will absolutely be listening again and again. I wish I had found this as a younger, angstier self. The political anger and tough heartbreak lyrical themes speak to me on an empowered woman level. What a radical person. I loved the more moody and sultry string songs, the 90s super fuzzed guitar songs and the synth songs alike. I wish I had more than 5 stars.

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Thu Mar 21 2024
5

I still remember the high expectations and buzz about this album at the time. score in 1990: 9/10 score in 2024: 9/10 (The Lion and The Cobra = 10/10, not generated by the generator so far)

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Sun Mar 31 2024
5

This might be one of my new favorite albums. Every song was great. In all honesty, "Nothing Compares 2 U" is one of the weaker tracks on the album, which says a lot, because it's a great track. What a good album.

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Sun Apr 07 2024
5

This remains a great listen. Period. So much intensity in the performance. When Nothing Compares 2 You drives you to tears, don't expect the rest to not affect you. This whole record is about affectation and sadness, sometimes anger. It is versatile in styles, a showcase of O'Connors musical capacities and deeply reflecting on turmoil and trouble. All the introspective - mostly female - singers to come after surely found some of their courage in her(e). Confession of troubled soul and mind. While some artists challenge you with their musical avantgarde and complexity, Sinéad does so with her open wounds. If said song does not affect you - stay away, you might not find anything made for you.

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Wed Apr 10 2024
5

Unbelievable voice, truly haunting at times, fantastic album

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Sun Apr 14 2024
5

Some nice songs, some songs not so easy to listen - but all in all - iconic

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Wed Apr 17 2024
5

I listened to Sinead O'Conner's first two albums a lot when I worked at Scratches Records. I liked those records at the time. She was tough and tuneful and vulnerable and emotional and honest and brave. And she copped a lot of shit for it, and mostly, I suspect, because she was a woman. She was, in my opinion, a true artist with important things to say. She wasn't always right, but she often was, and presciently so. She was willing to use her platform to speak truth to power. And she had her own voice, both literally and figuratively. I always thought I preferred Lion and the Cobra, but listening to this album again, it is a very powerful album. There are some great tunes, and she sings them with a real honesty that is rare in popular music. I find it musically fresh and compelling, and it still sounds great more than 30 years on. She chose great collaborators (including the late Karl Wallinger, RIP), but it sounds distinctly like Sinead. I think she states her thesis herself best in the Emperor's New Clothes: "Whatever it may bring I will live by my own policies I will sleep with a clear conscience I will sleep in peace Maybe it sounds mean But I really don't think so You asked for the truth and I Told you" I listened to this album a bunch of times when Sinead passed away, and watching the documentary about her. She lived an emotionally complex fife, and I feel privileged that she shared some of that complexity with us as an audience, despite what that cost her. I feel like she said things that hadn't been said before and in a fresh way, and in a way that millions of people could relate to. And that is the mark of a true artist.

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Wed Apr 17 2024
5

I am a bit stunned and lost for words on the effect her voice has when you sit in a quiet room to listen to it. If you can bear it, and are in the right franme of mind for it: She renders pain beautiful. True art. her broader body of work is crazy varied, I like htis, and even more her jazz torch songs on "Am I not your girl" And on a technical/listenign note: the power fo the album is so strong on bit speakers where it becomes a surpisingly solid orchestral album with a precision that come outs on big speakers. Ominous opening. Top quality, any ratings really ocme to to taste and enjoyment factor. I would not put this on heavy rotation, but for feeling a full emotional range and leaning in, go for it.

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Wed Apr 17 2024
5

A great album. Not quite as good as its predecessor but still. 5 stars. It’s easy to forget just what a great performance she gives. In nothing compares, just listen to the verse about the doctor. And then it builds into the chorus. Magic. And she does this type of thing again and again.

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Fri May 03 2024
5

Loves: Three Babies :( Black Boys on Mopeds Nothing Compares 2 U The Last Day of our Acquaintance Notes: The intro to the first song definitely sets a mood, and her voice with the strings hits. This album (so far) is so painful, but she makes it so beautiful, pain and acceptance I’m assuming this album is deeply personal, and I’m totally invested in her story. Black Boys on Mopeds tore me apart. What a powerful political song! Her voice and those chords drew me into that song so much. Nothing Compares 2 U, fr. Instantly one of my favorite songs, all time. The name of the album just clicked with the last song. Chef’s kiss.

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Sun May 05 2024
5

I'd loved the predecessor to this album The Lion And The Cobra, and then the Jump In The River single that followed. When this one came out I was a bit taken aback at first at low key much of it appeared. Over time the power of songs such as Black Boys On Mopeds grew on me. As I type this, it's 9 months since Sinéad O'Connor died. I rarely agree with Morrissey these days, but he was spot on when he said "You praise her now only because it is too late. You hadn't the guts to support her when she was alive and she was looking for you.".

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Mon May 06 2024
5

Hauntingly beautiful. Incredible diversity in tone between songs without losing consistency. Some of the greatest vocals I think I've ever heard. Every song is incredible

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Sat May 25 2024
5

I went into this fully expecting to hear the title track and ignore pretty much everything else. Turns out I have a few tracks I *really* like off this one. "The Emperor's New Clothes", "Jump in the River", "You Cause As Much Sorrow", "The Last Day of Our Acquaintance"... I mean, I just listed most of the album, didn't I? The media abused her for protesting her abuse. She deserved so much better.

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Sun Jun 02 2024
5

It has the hits but also is chock full of amazing songs. Hadn’t heard the entire album and grateful to have it recommended.

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Fri Jun 07 2024
5

Brilliant album by this iconic Irish singer. It's hauntingly beautiful in parts and a little upbeat musically in parts. Her voice is lovely and the last track or nearly the last track where she sings with no music at all , it's just her voice is brilliant. Good listen 👍

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Mon Jun 17 2024
5

While deeply familiar with this album, I was able to listen with fresh ears and perspective. I still tapped in to the empowerment this album provided me in my youth but I was also deeply moved by the sorrow she tapped in to craft this (she spent 18 months in a Magdalene Laundry at 14 years old--puts that ripped photo of the pope in perspective). The use of strings both in the Irish fiddle manner and more orchestral came through on my back-to-back listens. Every single song is just so goddamn powerful I get why she just blew up when this album came out. So much angst and heartbreak in one album that when I revisit with the lens of history I dare say it hits harder than TTPD Three Babies - her lullaby to heal herself after the loss of three pregnancies Black Boys on Mopeds - powerful protest of racial brutalities in 80s England Nothing Compares 2 U - The best cover of any Prince song Last Day of Our Acquaintance - ouch I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got - what a closer! And the ultimate banger of all time---The Emperor's New Clothes. This album is a 5 but memories of singing this top volume with Jen certainly turn it into an 11.

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Mon Jun 17 2024
5

**Album Review: "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" by Sinéad O'Connor** "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got," released in 1990, is the second studio album by Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor. The album catapulted her to global fame, largely due to its emotional depth, powerful lyrics, and O'Connor's distinct vocal style. This review delves into the various elements that make this album a landmark in contemporary music, analyzing the lyrics, music, production, themes, and its lasting influence. ### Lyrics The lyrical content of "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" is intensely personal and introspective, often touching on themes of love, loss, and self-identity. O'Connor's songwriting is raw and honest, with a poetic quality that conveys deep emotional truths. 1. **"Feel So Different"**: The album opens with a spoken word prayer, setting a contemplative tone. The lyrics reflect themes of transformation and self-realization, with lines like "God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change." 2. **"I Am Stretched on Your Grave"**: This song uses a traditional Irish poem set to a modern beat, exploring themes of love and death. The juxtaposition of ancient text and contemporary music underscores the timeless nature of its themes. 3. **"Three Babies"**: Here, O'Connor delves into the pain of loss and the resilience of the human spirit. The lyrics are deeply poignant, revealing a vulnerability that resonates with many listeners. 4. **"The Emperor's New Clothes"**: This track critiques societal norms and personal authenticity. O'Connor's defiance against conforming to expectations is clear in lines like "I will live by my own policies." 5. **"Black Boys on Mopeds"**: A politically charged song addressing social injustice and the failures of the British government. O'Connor's anger and disillusionment are palpable, making it one of the album's most powerful tracks. 6. **"Nothing Compares 2 U"**: The standout hit written by Prince, this song deals with the deep sorrow of lost love. O'Connor's delivery is heart-wrenching, and the lyrics are straightforward yet profoundly affecting. ### Music Musically, the album is diverse, blending various genres and influences. O'Connor's eclectic tastes and willingness to experiment are evident throughout. 1. **Instrumentation**: The album features a mix of traditional instruments and modern synthesizers, creating a unique soundscape. Strings, flutes, and acoustic guitars are woven together with electronic beats, showcasing O'Connor's innovative approach. 2. **Arrangements**: Each track is meticulously arranged to complement the emotional tone of the lyrics. For instance, the sparse instrumentation on "Nothing Compares 2 U" enhances the song's melancholic atmosphere. 3. **Vocal Performance**: O'Connor's voice is a central element, characterized by its range and emotional intensity. Her ability to convey vulnerability and strength simultaneously is a hallmark of the album. 4. **Genre-Blending**: The album traverses rock, pop, folk, and traditional Irish music, reflecting O'Connor's diverse influences. This blending of styles contributes to its unique and timeless appeal. ### Production The production of "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" is a testament to O'Connor's vision and the technical expertise of the team behind it. 1. **Producers**: The album was produced by Sinéad O'Connor and Nellee Hooper, with additional production by Chris Birkett. Their collaborative efforts resulted in a polished yet authentic sound. 2. **Sound Quality**: The production quality is high, with a clear and balanced mix. The use of reverb and echo adds depth to the vocal tracks, while the instrumentation is crisp and well-defined. 3. **Innovative Techniques**: The production includes innovative techniques for the time, such as the use of sampling in "I Am Stretched on Your Grave." This track layers a traditional Irish melody over a modern beat, exemplifying the album's fusion of old and new. ### Themes Thematically, "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" explores a wide range of subjects, from personal introspection to political commentary. 1. **Self-Discovery and Empowerment**: Many songs deal with themes of self-discovery and personal empowerment. O'Connor's lyrics often reflect her journey towards self-acceptance and autonomy. 2. **Love and Loss**: The album's exploration of love and loss is both profound and universal. Tracks like "Nothing Compares 2 U" and "Three Babies" delve into the complexities of human relationships and the pain of separation. 3. **Social and Political Commentary**: O'Connor does not shy away from addressing social and political issues. "Black Boys on Mopeds" critiques government policies and societal inequalities, highlighting her activism and social awareness. 4. **Spirituality**: There is a strong undercurrent of spirituality throughout the album. The opening track, "Feel So Different," sets the tone with a prayer, and other songs touch on themes of faith and existential reflection. ### Influence The influence of "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" extends beyond its immediate commercial success. 1. **Cultural Impact**: The album has had a lasting impact on popular culture. "Nothing Compares 2 U" became an iconic song of the 1990s, and its music video, featuring O'Connor's tear-streaked face, remains one of the most memorable in music history. 2. **Musical Influence**: The album has influenced a wide range of artists across genres. Its blend of traditional and modern elements can be seen in the work of later musicians who seek to bridge different musical worlds. 3. **Social Influence**: O'Connor's outspoken nature and willingness to address controversial issues have inspired other artists to use their platforms for social and political commentary. Her boldness in tackling issues like child abuse and political corruption has paved the way for more open discourse in music. ### Pros and Cons **Pros:** 1. **Emotional Depth**: The album's emotional intensity and honesty resonate deeply with listeners, making it a timeless piece of art. 2. **Vocal Performance**: O'Connor's voice is a powerful instrument, capable of conveying a wide range of emotions with great precision. 3. **Innovative Production**: The production techniques and genre-blending give the album a unique sound that was ahead of its time. 4. **Lyrical Brilliance**: The lyrics are profound and poetic, addressing universal themes with personal insight. 5. **Cultural Relevance**: The album's themes of self-discovery, love, loss, and social justice remain relevant, ensuring its continued impact. **Cons:** 1. **Inconsistent Pace**: The album's pacing can feel uneven at times, with slower, more introspective tracks juxtaposed against more upbeat songs. 2. **Production Choices**: While innovative, some production choices may feel dated to modern listeners, particularly the use of certain synthesizer sounds and sampling techniques. 3. **Intensity**: The emotional intensity of the album may be overwhelming for some listeners, making it challenging to listen to in one sitting. 4. **Commercial Appeal**: While critically acclaimed, the album's raw and unfiltered nature may limit its commercial appeal compared to more polished pop records. ### Conclusion "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" stands as a seminal work in Sinéad O'Connor's discography and a landmark album of the 1990s. Its blend of personal introspection, social commentary, and musical innovation has cemented its place in music history. Despite some minor flaws, the album's emotional depth, lyrical brilliance, and cultural impact make it a timeless and influential piece of art. O'Connor's fearless exploration of complex themes and her distinctive voice ensure that this album will continue to resonate with listeners for years to come.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4.1

la musique irlandaise que j'apprécie

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Fri Oct 09 2020
4

Sinnead is one of the greats. Personally liked her better on the slower, more heartfelt songs. Feel So Different is an awesome opener

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Fri May 28 2021
4

Great tracks pleasantly surprised

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Wed Jun 09 2021
4

Treads the line between profound and trite, mostly on the right side. Some very passionate and beautiful moments, not least of which being Nothing Compares.

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