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.Wikipedia
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
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.
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.
Somehow manages to be angry and dull. Nothing Compares is a banger though obvs
boring, not awful but i dont want to listen to it again ever.
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.
Great album. Stripped down and so good.
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.
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.
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.
Rock-pop-folk. Me ha gustado mucho.
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.
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.
Great music. And really deep meanings. I would definitely listen again.
Rock-pop-folk. Me ha gustado mucho.
Feel So Different praticamente só vocal, muito bom. Nothing Comparing 2 U é um clássico!!
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.
I forgot how much I liked t his. It's so good.
I feel this woman and her music resonates so me with me on another level,I feel the music she makes deep inside
one of the biggest crush of my youth. And this is a very good album.
la musique irlandaise que j'apprécie
Sinnead is one of the greats. Personally liked her better on the slower, more heartfelt songs. Feel So Different is an awesome opener
Great tracks pleasantly surprised
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.
This album hasn’t aged well, but her voice is absolutely something to behold when it’s used correctly. Her version of Nothing Compares 2 U is one of the best vocal performances of all time in any genre.
I've never listened to one of her records, front to back. Really liked it!
not as good as I remembered it but its a classic allright
I really like this. Sinead has a great voice, and I like the somewhat sparse arrangements of the tracks. Most of these have a very 80s sound, but with a transitionary feel. Nothing Compares is obviously the star of this album, and it still holds up, but I really liked I am Stretched On Your Grave, Black Boys on Mopeds, and I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got. Really surprised by my enjoyment of this.
Me regalaron este vinilo mis amigos en el instituto. Era el único disco que conocían pero al mismo tiempo les parecía bastante raro como para gustarme. Dudaron entre este y el Solitude Standing de Suzanne Vega (lo volveré a oír en breve). La cuestión es que este disco fue un bombazo y siempre me recordaban: —Esta es la calva esa de la que te regalamos el disco. Aparte de las batallitas es un disco interesante que va desde el hip-hop/folk de "I am stretched on your grave", chamber pop en "Feels so different" o "Three Babies", pasando por el rock de "The emperor's new clothes" y por supuesto el clásico "Nothing compares 2 U".
As a raccoon dines on crayfish, I ate this up. Great voice and like the slow tempo of the whole album
An album to keep coming to dig in and enjoy every now and then. Nothing Compares 2 U of course, but also Emperor's New Clothes, Jump in the River, Feels So Different... Pop at its best
Ethereal and grounded at the same time
Beter dan wat ik had gedacht. Een album dat een mooi geheel vormt.
It was less boring than I expected. I liked many of the songs. She has a great voice and the lyrics are good.
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).
Sin duda una voz única y letras que dicen mucho
Sehr schön, finde prince Version von 'nothing compares 2 u' allerdings schöner
Heartfelt, sad, poignant, and beautifully composed. Perhaps not as earwormy as some pop-artists but a wonderful collection of emotional songs
At times this is very close to Trip Hop. I love it..
A great album with a unique sound.
I really liked it. It started off with a few slow songs, which werent really for me, but as the album went on further, I liked it more and more. Highlights: Nothing compares 2 you, last day of our acquaintance. Beautiful voice, mostly good/great songs. I said i didnt like the slow songs at the beginning, however, nothing compares to you is my favorite song off the record. Its heartbreaking and so pretty at the same time.
The first half is really great. It drags a bit after that, but picks back up in the last two tracks. Sinead O'Connor's vocal delivery never fails to impress. She is recognizably Irish and infuses her music with little inflections, both musically and vocally, to that point. However, she is not mired in traditionalism and makes music that must have certainly sounded new and fresh when it debuted.
I felt really Irish while listening to this
Some really good songs but each one was too long? So it kind of dragged. But I liked it.
Quite an impressive album. Though it has some pretty sparse, whispering type tracks... the meat of it: from emperor's new clothes all the way to last day of our acquaitance is quite enjoyable. The songs have meaning and passion.
Solid album. Lots of weight, but lyrically very strong.
When I think of Sinead O'Connor, I think of "Nothing Compares 2 U." So the tracks on this album that are faster-paced rockers were surprising. There was a nice mix of the slower, more haunting songs with faster songs that wouldn't be out of place coming from the Cranberries. I was actually surprised (pleasantly) how much similarity I heard between the two. "I Am Stretched on Your Grave" fit that more haunting mold, and I loved when the Irish violin/fiddle kicked in. "Black Boys on Mopeds" was a highlight, getting political in calling out the hypocrisy of the British government and society and previewing the stand O'Connor took two years later when she called out the Pope on SNL.
Really enjoyed this - it was great to hear what an amazing voice she had and hear it on tracks I hadn't heard before - album would have been a revelation back then, so much so my least favourite track was Nothing Compares 2 You (as heard so often)
Surprisingly eclectic and dynamic. String quartet to hip-hop drums to guitar laden folksy ballad, just in the first three tracks. And the distinctive Irish quality is always present in her voice and some fiddle work. The album starts really strong, but does get boring in the second half. Maybe it’s too arty or contemplative for me.
I don't want to like this as much as I do. She has the occasional weird howler song, but most of the others have a nice late-80s/early-90s feel.
Way better than I was expecting, holds up really well
Some interesting stuff....... Like her alot tho. Give it 4 cos its her
I didn't like it at first, but it grew on me during album listening. Not my cup of coffee completely, but good album overall. Nothing compares 2 U is good, obviously, but I've also liked Last Day of Our Acquaintance.
What a cool record! O’Connor has a great voice used to great effect. This was when she had the world prepped for her to be a big star and told everyone to fuck-off. Nothing Compares 2 U, Feels So Different, Black Boys on Moped. Chill yet full of passion.
i liked the biblical references
Um this album rips Empowers New Clothes is very good
Einn hittari rest alveg svona ok
Fantastic. Took me right back to listening over and over in my student accommodation.
I don't think I was expecting to enjoy this as much as I did
Favorites: Nothing Compares 2 U Feels So Different Last Day of Our Acquaintance
The rest of the album does in fact compare (and quite favourably) to the hit single. Liked this.
female vocals, good quality production, stunning music videos a prayer at the beggining, I haven't listened into the lyrics much, it's all about romantic love anyway =)
ThGil Chway L Album.
I must have grown up 🤣 I truly did not appreciate this when it was released and now I enjoyed it very much!
Nice one, Sinead.
Ovo jebeno počne ali suludo sekvenciranje i par lošijih stvari baš naruše dojam
Sinéad's voice comes across as delicate, but stands up to quite a range of (unfortunately often dated) styles. That range is weird enough and the gossamer compelling enough to hear this as a unique record in a now-satured genre. The recording is hardly naturalistic: I often felt alone with her voice in a cavernous room. It was the perfect place to hear it.
Great stuff, a really diverse and emotional record with top notch songwriting
Nothing compares to this album
Occasionally patchy but decent overall. I was surprised at its more electronica elements.
Is Sinead the original woke af white girl?
I've always loved her voice, and she's an incredible performer. I remember when this album was around, but I don't think I ever owned it. Very good tracks on this one. And, Yes, I watched the infamous photo incident on SNL the night it happened, and I remember being so moved by it. Even then, having been raised Catholic, I knew she was right, and of course not so many years after that, the truth was exposed around the world. I remember, too, knowing that night she would be on the receiving end of some awful responses, and unsurprisingly the backlash was fierce. Even though it was inevitable, it broke my heart. It still does. I could write for days on all this, but back to the album: I love it. She's so talented and her vocal abilities are versatile, strong, and very much her own.
An album rife with complexities and contradictions. A perfect portrait of Sinead as an artist, it encapsulates her uniquely polarizing persona and multifaceted talents so precisely. She’s soft, vulnerable, ethereal. Intense, scathing, and irascible. She broke the damn mold beyond any possible repair when she released this album out into the wild. Sinead is the kickass, boldly authentic powerhouse we needed at this time.
The last song was particularly moving, deep and passionate. As a whole the album is a laid back listen, a beautiful crooning voice (honestly reminds me of Alanis a bit maybe?)
Lyric for 19 o7
I have owned this album on cassette and on CD...but honestly haven't listened to it in years. I always loved Lion and the Cobra and this follow up got overplayed (understandably) to her Prince cover Nothing Compares 2 U (before text speak, Prince was streets ahead) but listening to it again after all this time, that voice is a powerhouse, and looking back she was right to tear up that picture of the pope.
Brilliant. Forgot how much I loved her voice. And of course the brilliant Prince cover tops it off.
I admit I liked more than I thought. Nothing more than a 90s singer from Ireland singing on a cheap synth.
sooo beautiful. I loved the mix of styles throughout this and the production all the way through. Pleasantly surprised and will probably revisit many of the tracks!
So many different styles of song in one album. Beautifully sung & underrated. A reminder to listen to more Sinead.
Precursor to the cranberries and other angular female voices. I had forgotten how much I liked this one. Black boys on mopeds and three babies
Really rocking with this one. I know Sinead for three things: (1) cool name, (2) being bald, and (3) that papal protest thing she did on SNL. Leaving allll of that aside, this is a great album. She's got such a warm, distinct voice. Musically, nothing is too out of the ordinary for a singer-songwriter project, but it all fits together quite nicely. "Nothing Compares 2 U" is her big hit, and it's here, and it's fantastic. I'm not sure what more I can say here, she just ticked all the right boxes for me. Shout out Sinead. Favorite tracks: Nothing Compares 2 U, The Emperor's New Clothes, Black Boys on Mopeds, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got. Album art: Really like this one. Font is cool, homemade, and the shadowy portrait is effective. Definitely in the top end as far as artist portraits go for me. 4/5
I like the diversity of the songs; they don't sound alike! Favorite songs: The Emperor's New Clothes, I Am Stretched on Your Grave, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got.
Very good album with loads of memories from when I was young.
4/5 Really loved this when it came out. It is still great.
Belle voic et classique. J aime beaucoup et je laissrrai proba lement tente par une reecoute. Ca defend
It pretty good synthpop, but I was not super crazy about all the songs. As a first experience to Sinead's work I think this left me wanting to check out more which is a win in my book
I liked some songs a lot. But most of it was not for me.
Nothing compares 2 U é o hino dela, o resto é OK.
A bit of traditional influence on I am stretched to your grave, which I appreciated. I don't think I've ever listened to Sinead before. Overall a few slow and dreamy songs and then some upbeat 90s alt/pop? if you're into that. A bit slow at the end.
Kinda boring. 2.5 rounded up.
It's ok. She's not a bad singer but it is what it is.
Nothing Compares is certainly one of the best Prince covers out there. The album as a whole is a bit too dramatic for me to want to return to.
One of the albums I felt familiar with but really it was just the all-pervasiveness of the Prince cover for a time. I don't think the rest of it actually measured up to that mark.
Two songs I liked enough to save, some songs were plain weird though, I think one or two more good songs would’ve bumped this up!
Kinda all over the place tonally. Couple of good tracks but not for me.
I respect the heartfelt emotion and honesty but this is not something I would choose to listen to on my own.
pretty neat. not my favorite but still good.
Some nice tracks, but not to consider it a great album.
"Jump in the River" Released: October 1988 "Nothing Compares 2 U" Released: 8 January 1990 "The Emperor's New Clothes" Released: 5 June 1990 "Three Babies" Released: 17 December 1990
Nothing Compares 2U ist immer noch ein Über-Hit. Funky-Drummer-Break war 1990 natürlich noch bisschen Cutting Edge. Schöne Stimme hat sie auch auf jeden Fall, auch wenn ich den Trick bei zB Shakira oder Amy McDonald überhaupt nicht mag, aber Last Day Of Our Acquaintance ist doch ne feine Iren-/Schottenballade. Insgesamt gefällig und gar nicht ungeeignet, mich in wohlig-wattig-unschuldige Frühneunzigerstimmung zu versetzen. 2,8.
I like the slower acoustic sounds. Her voice is better suited to that.
I can see how/why this would be such a groundbreaking album upon release. Behind its chart topping Nothing Compares 2U, this album was a smash success for its time. I do feel like it paved the way for artists like Tori Amos, who in my opinion, did this genre way better. But it wasn’t a bad listen at all. One of those I have always meant to get around to, but never thought I would.
I did not expect to enjoy this. But I did! No idea what she is singing half the time but was enjoyable.
I was surprised that I actually enjoyed this up until nothing compares 2 u, after that there were songs that didn't fit on the same album and it fell flat. Enough on there to enjoy though 3*
'Nothing compare 2 U' is een redelijk poppy nummer. De rest is wat minder toegankelijk, maar niet minder mooi. Maar toch niet 100% mijn ding
It's good, I can't deny that, but I never aligned with O'Connor. Other than that one truly excellent song, of course.
Some good tunes, some bland ones. Best track: Nothing Compares 2 U
okay, not my favorite sound.
great for sampling
Thanks for the invite! This was my first album in the queue. Tremendous vocals. Not a go to artist in my arsenal but nevertheless enjoyed going through it. I am transported to a city I just travelled to and arrived at and its midday but not pleasant weather and I am in an empty dark pub waiting on an old friend to meet up who I haven't seen in awhile.
Some decent songs on here, but Nothing Compares is the biggie. Not many of the other songs come close to its quality. I am stretched... is a decent shout, album itself is what you would expect based on her standout song.
I didn't expect so many pop tracks. Otherwise quite okay. Her voice is really beautiful. (6/10) Favorite Tracks: The Emperor's New Clothes, Nothing Compares 2 U
Irgendwie doch mehr oder weniger ein herausragendes lied
Solides Album, 3. Stern geht aber auf Prince für „Nothing Compares“
90s Memories! Like the sound of her voice.
Lento. Melódico. Aburrido.
Incredibly powerful voice. Good songs, but only a couple of real great ones.
Absolutely belongs for for Nothing Compares 2 U. One of the best vocal takes ever cut to a record. The rest is... honestly interesting, but not highly repeatable for me.
Pretty good, NC2U is easily best
I know this guy who said this was one of his all-time favorite albums. He played The Emperor's New Clothes so much in his tape deck that it wore thin and started sounding warped. He said Sinead was the cat's meow, the bee's knees. What a pretentious ass. I mean, I don't HATE the album. I just can't for the life of me understand how it made the list. Maybe the list-makers were afraid of being eviscerated on Sinead's come-back performance on SNL. Or maybe they subliminally are giving her props for being a pioneer in cool text verbiage (Nothing Compares 2 U). (Now that I've typed that out, maybe that song is actually a demonic-play-it-backwards homage to Sinead's comrades in Irish music fame...U2 Compares Nothing.) Somehow I find the quality of Sinead's voice to be somewhat reminiscent of kd lang's, which is shocking, given some pretentious ass's opinions of her album on this list. What I will give Sinead is tangentially related to her music, which is that she dared to display a boldness that women in her time had not really gotten away with. Sure, she got blowback for it, and still does. And so to the extent that her fame gives her the platform to highlight issues that matter to her, more power to her. But what her message offers in wisdom is lost in its immature delivery. When songs from this album come on, I won't change the station, but I won't go looking for it, either.
A good listen!
Worth the price of admission for 'I Am Stretched On Your Grave' and of course 'Nothing Compares 2 U'. But there’s other highlights like ‘Jump In The River’ and ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’. This album surprised me in a good way despite its unflinchingly raw and personal nature,. I suspect repeated listens over time will make me appreciate it further still.
NAtuurlijk bekend van nothing compares 2u. De rest van het album gaat alle kanten uit maar niet waar ik naar luister
Couple good songs 4 sure
A couple of belters.
25th November 2021 Listened on my phone while working. Chilled evening. Very dramatic, great voice, tries different vibes throughout and has a stone cold classic in nothing compares. Liked it more than I thought I would.
It was ok
Mostly unremarkable except for the single.
Best Song: Black Boys on Mopeds. Soft instrumentation with haunting, socially conscious lyrics that still feel relevant. Worst Song: Nothing Compares 2 U. This might just be me punching out against the obviously most famous song on the album, but although sung beautifully, the whole song has this sort of weepy, damsel-in-distress, helplessness that undercuts the strong voice and individuality of the rest of the album. There are better songs about failed relationships on this album. Overall: A fine collection of soft, poignant songs. I would have preferred more of the politically charged songs and fewer of the purely relationship ones.
Beatiful, and singer/song in an 80’s way
One really good song but the rest were kinda average overall
Dreamy and heartfelt, Sinead's voice is so smooth
Huikeet vokaalit! Hittiä ei oikeen jaksanut oikeen kuunnella, mutta muut biisit yllätti positiivisesti. Hyvää tekstiä. 3/5
3/5 good but not enough
It's okay, I have a headache so I kind of needed slower and more mellow music today. Not particularly exciting or memorable. She's clearly talented but this kind of music isn't for me. Also this is my 100th rated album, nice.
não é muito meu estilo mas é bonito
I've listened to this album before. I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got is not my favorite album from Sinead O'Connor (check out The Lion and the Cobra). O'Connor's most recognized song is on this album ("Nothing Compares 2 U"), which is a good showcase of her vocal abilities, but it's not a song that keeps my attention well. My favorite song from this album is "The Emperor's New Clothes", which has a strong guitar rhythm backing up the energetically paced vocals. I also like O'Connor's version of the traditional tune "I Am Stretched on Your Grave". All of the songs were at least good, but I don't imagine coming back to the album as a whole.
Beautiful and angry voice of her times
Nothing Compares 2 U the only one I knew before. Nice songs, didn’t save any though.
There's something about her singing style. Mostly etheral, but it's very forward. It's not so much about her voice as it is the way she chooses to sing. This allows us her to have extreme emotional moments in her music. I also find the accompanying arrangements to be interesting. In the first four songs, we get classical / folk, downtempo, and alt rock (the kind that New Wave evolved into, see Crowded House). It's intentionally repetitive, spotlighting O'Connor's diverse singing styles. I preferred the tracks where O'Connor isn't limited by the instrumentals. "Feel So Different" and "Nothing Compares 2 U" capture her ensnaring style mixed with right level of instrumental. The last 3 songs keep things simple for a solemn folk finish, but I found them to be a bit dull.
Nothing compares to nothing compares
One good song rest bit hit and miss
As a person, Sinead O' Connor is fascinating. Super smart, very angry and suffering with her own troubles. However, with the exception of the Very Famous Prince Cover, I know her better for the controversies than the music. Well, it was mostly pretty good. Sleeping on Your Grave is really good. Not mind-blowing or anything, but I can see why everyone was excited.
Some of these songs have themes that feel very of this moment.
I hadn't heard "Nothing Compares to U" in it's entirety before this, so I enjoyed hearing it in full. The vocals are haunting on the closing track, and I love the singular voice Sinead has!
Nothing compares 2 it
Only heard half due to time
Since I forgot The Emperor’s New Clothes was on this, I’m bumping it up to a 3. But you got lucky this time Sinead!
Her voice is great. You can’t go wrong with the material here either, but her previous record had this “I’ve never heard something like this before” This doesn’t have that, nor does it continue that.
nothing compares 2u is great but the rest of the album is meh
One hit wonder who didn't even write her one hit... not a great track record. Not a terrible album, though.
Not bad. Not what I’m looking for today. Drum beat from stretched on your grave is sick.
Didn't mind it but didn't love it. Can't imagine I'd go back to this any time soon but I guess it had some nice parts.
I listened to this twice to get a good grip of it, I was finding it hard to have an opinion really but what I did like was how varied it was, some songs more upbeat than others. A good mix of pop folk.
I haven't listened to much of Sinead O'Connor's music and I don't really know much about her. I of course know the big hits but I'm quite surprised and intrigued by how hypnotic some parts of this album are! It's v rhythmic and almost makes me think of some kind of religious worship or something strangely. I love that you can hear her accent in a lot of the vocals. She seems really cool and I'm glad she's come to my attention through this after I've neglected her so long haha. On the downside, I wouldn't say I found all of this album v exciting. It was great to write job applications to very beautiful sounding and relaxing but some songs got a bit samey.
I really liked the diversity of instruments in the first half of the album. The last few tracks dragged a little but were still decent. Good album, will definitely revisit it sometime!
Listened to some Sinead growing up, but was never a huge fan. This album is a good explanation why. Beyond Nothing Compares, none of the songs really stood out to me. She does feel a little ahead of her time as many pop stars these days love the quiet singing like her. Either way, nothing to write home about.
First listen to a Sinead album, the first song pulls me in gradually and subtly. Then there's a very 1990 hip hop sort of thing. Then we're back to the gorgeous stuff. Then a sort of MOR pop song. The standout track, obviously. It's a mixed bag but in glad I listened to it.
Wait a minute, Sinead O’Connor did more outside of “Nothing Compares 2 U”?? Apparently she did, and it’s a haunting album. Her voice is enchanting with its Irish charm and Enya vibes, and the collection of songs on the album is as eclectic as the charms found in a particular breakfast cereal. It’s easy listening, though by the end it feels as though the wheels are falling off and there’s no musical connectivity between tracks. There’s so many stylings, it’s hard to get used to what’s going on, which is too bad.
2/4 Connors o' connors
Mash together half of this album with half of Lion & Cobra and I’d be in love!
She didn't deserve to be destroyed for telling the truth. This album is quintessential 90’s. Strings, clean electric and acoustic guitars, banging tight vocals, cheesy at times, heartfelt in a poetic way, melodramatic. It’s well worth the listen. Back half feels tighter, focused, front half is all over the place from the stringed opened to the rhythmic following track to some slow piano/guitar stuff. Still worth it. 90’s soft rock icon ova he’ah.
This is good. Really strong, haunting voice, with a lot of range in the songs. Nothing Compares 2 U is the one that everyone knows, but there's a couple of others that are worth listening to as well - Black Boys On Mopeds is one for the anti-English, and The Emperor's New Clothes is much more upbeat in Tempo (and a bit less bleak!). 3/5, not a showstopper but really good.
It was nice sounding and she has a pretty voice but the music kind of dragged
Yes, she may be a bit try hard to be different and kooky but what a voice. And to be fair, she IS different, though this album is pretty straight forward late 80s/early90s pop. Best Tracks: The Emporer's New Clothes; Nothing Compares 2 U; Last Day of Our Aquaintance
Sad boy 90s music
250 million+ streams for one track on spotify and no more than 10 million for any other. I guess most people, like me, know one song by Sinead O'Connor. Now I get to find out what the rest of the songs on the album are like. Not that impressed to be honest. Her voice is impressive when it has enough echo added, and she can definately hold a tune. The song choices though are uninspired with the exception of the Prince composition.
dont hate it = 3
I've heard the big hit on this but kinda interested to know what the rest sounds like. Ok it's basically a mix of pop and kinda new world type stuff. Not much substance. And it turns out the big song was a Prince cover. 2/5.
Boring and tbh not sure why it’s here
Voz realmente única. Lembra o timbre da Dolores e da Bjork. Nothing Compares 2 U é a melhor disparada, mas as duas primeiras são muito boas também
It was a pretty solid album. I don’t know if it’s something I’ll ever listen to again but overall I liked almost every song I listened to.
AMAZING vocals, and I dig the music as far as 90s style goes, however the lyrics are sometimes a lot to handle. I liked the experience of hearing more of SO's music, after only really knowing Nothing Compares 2 U Highlights: -The Emperor's New Clothes -Nothing Compares 2 U -Last Day Of Our Acquaintance
Very mixed feelings on this one. 30/70 lite to dislike. Couple songs were great, didn’t enjoy the rest.
Da isses wieder - der Überhit und das dazugehörige Album. Was mir beim Kometenschweif Don MacLeans „American Pie“ noch gut gefiel, langweilt mich hier auf hohem Niveau. Immerhin 1.5
dull- only stand out song written by Prince and even he was happy to give that away.
Niet meteen voor mij.
Slow, not a big fan
Hollow and empty musically, it’s hauntingly beautiful but hard to get through
Coffee shop music
Not particularly my cup of tea
exhausting most of the time, good in parts at best
It was okay. It belongs somewhere on a playlist titled "Sad 90's"