Bringing Crazy Back
In honor of it soon being the month that St. Patrick’s Day falls in, and just because she released the album this week, I decided to review the newest release from Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor, How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?. You may remember her from her Pope picture-ripping incident on Saturday Night Live, her most recent on-again off-again marriage, or her memsmerizing rendition of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which is her biggest hit. She ironically mentions her marriage in the first few songs of this album, obviously not knowing how it would turn out. “4th and Vine” is a good leadoff track, reminiscent of a little Florence + The Machine in sound. However, it seems like it was a “fun” track for O’Connor, and not something she could sink her teeth into emotionally. When someone talks so nonchalantly about getting married, that’s usually not a good sign. “Reason With Me,” the best track of the first half, reminds me of her biggest hit in many ways. It takes on a very bluesy feel though, and it makes the listener feel sad that she needs the person she’s singing about like a drug and she’ll do anything to have or keep that person. “Old Lady” talks of the future she forsees with her new husband and how she can be herself around him, which is sad in a different way, knowing what we know about the possible breakup of her fourth marriage. One thing Sinead is good at early in the record is channeling other artists, such as The Cranberries, on “Old Lady.” “Take Off Your Shoes” can give you nightmares, but is so enthralling that you can’t turn it off, for which I was successful at the three-minute mark of this entirely too long five-and-a-half-minute song. “The Wolf Is Getting Married” is by far the best balance of music and vocals, and they blend perfectly. It was the first and only song where I listened to the background more than the vocals. “Queen of Denmark” is the movie Juno meets random episodes of screaming. She wasn’t afraid to piss anyone off with that song and it seemed like it came from the most honest place. The best song doesn’t always mean it’s my favorite, and “Queen of Denmark” is my favorite song on this CD. “V.I.P.” is once again creepy and parents don’t let your kids listen to that song before going to bed, because they won’t sleep. Other tracks not mentioned here are so forgettable they aren’t even worth listening to, but overall it was a very decent attempt at a comeback.