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SINÉAD O'CONNOR “The Lion And The Cobra” /LP/


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The debut full-length studio album by legendary Irish Alternative/Folk Pop Rock singer.
O'Connor recorded the album while in the later stages of pregnancy with her first child. The title of the album is from Psalm 91:13 "you will tread upon the lion and cobra", and the track "Never Get Old" opens with an Irish language recital of Psalm 91 by singer Enya.
Sinéad O'Connor's debut was a sensation upon its 1987 release, and it remains a distinctive record, finding a major talent striving to achieve her own voice. Like many debuts, it's entirely possible to hear her influences, from Peter Gabriel to Prince and contemporary Rap, but what's striking about the record is how she synthesizes these into her own sound -- an eerie, expansive sound heavy on atmosphere and tortured passion.
If the album occasionally sinks into its own atmospheric murk a little too often, she pulls everything back into focus with songs as bracing as the Hard-Rocking "Mandinka" or the sexy Hip-Hop of "I Want Your (Hands on Me)". Still, those ethereal soundscapes are every bit as enticing as the direct material, since "Troy", "Jackie", and "Jerusalem" are compelling because of their hushed, quiet intensity.
The photograph of O'Connor on the album cover was taken by Haysi Fantayzee member Kate Garner. The covers of the United States and Canada issues differed from the European release, as it was decided a more subdued pose would present a "softer" image of O'Connor.
It's a thoroughly impressive debut, and it's all the more impressive when you realize she only topped it with its immediate successor, before losing all focus. An album sure to drive the snakes from your soul…
The first Single, "Troy", peaked at number eight in the Netherlands and number 12 in Belgium, but it was not a hit in Britain when it was released there in 1987.
The second Single, "Mandinka", was a mainstream Pop hit in the UK, peaking at number 17 in the Singles Chart in February 1988, as well as number six in her native Ireland.
The song, "I Want Your (Hands on Me)", was featured in the 1988 horror film, "A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master", where it was used in a prominent characters' death sequence, as well as the film's end credits. It was also released as the third Single from the album in the UK (after "Troy" and "Mandinka"), where it peaked at number 77, in May 1988. The single remix includes a Rap performed by MC Lyte, which is not included on the album version. There are two mixes featuring the Rap, the "Dance mix" and the "Street Mix".
The album charted worldwide, reaching number 27 in the United Kingdom and number 36 on the US Billboard 200.
Ensign Records Limited, a division of Chrysalis Records Limited, 1987 (chen 7). Made in Holland. First press. OIS. Used (cover/disc): EX+/NM-.


Tracklist:
1. Jackie 2:29
2. Mandinka 3:46
3. Jerusalem 4:20
4. Just Like You Said It Would Be 4:32
5. Never Get Old 4:36
6. Troy 6:34
7. I Want Your Hands On Me 4:42
8. Drink Before The War 5:25
9. Just Call Me Joe 5:54
Total playing time: 42:18 min.


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