- Product Code: TPLP1122
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The ninth full-length studio album by legendary Irish Alternative/Chamber Folk/Pop Rock singer.
With her ninth studio album, O'Connor smacks the focus back onto her powerful voice and uncanny ability to weave sadly gorgeous narratives into catchy Pop songs. That's not to say a generous smattering of all the things that have made O'Connor a controversial character over the years are not touched on over the course of the record. Familiar subjects like sexuality and religion, and their conflicts with international politics, show up on songs like "V.I.P.", a beautifully delivered hymn addressing child abuse in Ireland's Catholic school system.
While heartbreaking beauty is standard in O'Connor's sound, what's surprising on "How About I Be Me" is the number of lovestruck and optimistic songs. The naked confessional of "Old Lady" finds earnest pining for a so-soon-to-be-love.
Other highlights like "The Wolf Is Getting Married" and "I Had a Baby" are more of the same brutally bare sentiments over contagious hooks. The climate inside Sinéad's head is just as tumultuous as ever, but the resultant beauty and electric rage have culminated on an album as raw and open as anything she's produced in years.
"How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?" is a delicately balanced picture of despair and hope, and a fantastic reminder of the musical gifts that made O'Connor important to begin with.
The first single "The Wolf Is Getting Married" was released on 24 February in Ireland and got to number 40 for one week, accompanied by a video directed by Roman Rappak, lead singer of Breton. The second single "4th and Vine" was released on 18 February 2013, accompanied by a video directed by Kathryn Ferguson.
In 2013 O'Connor announced a European tour in support for the album, called The Crazy Baldhead Tour.
As of 2014, sales in the United States have exceeded 18,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Release includes code for digital download of album.
One Little Indian Records/Dreamac Ltd., 2012 (TPLP1122). Made in UK. First press.
1. 4th And Vine 3:55
2. Reason With Me 4:00
3. Old Lady 3:41
4. Take Off Your Shoes 5:26
5. Back Where You Belong 4:13
6. The Wolf Is Getting Married 4:20
7. Queen Of Denmark 4:34
8. Very Far From Home 3:52
9. I Had A Baby 4:08
10. V.I.P. 6:36
Total playing time: 44:45 min.