As a peerless singer and challenging songwriter, Sinead O’Connor creates unique emotional snapshots. As a strident voice in popular culture, she bravely, unceasingly challenges the status quo.
Most importantly, through 10 albums released since 1987, she has developed as an artist of particular dexterity, producing mighty musical testaments to the indomitability of the human spirit.
When she first appeared 30 years ago as a teenage waif, Sinead won immediate attention for her prodigious songwriting skills and soaring, spectral voice.
Curiously, her music connected to Ireland’s dusty, mystical past, yet she stood resolutely as a punk iconoclast, violently breaking from tradition. This musical tension took flight in such anthems as crunching new wave rocker Mandinka and her tearstained, multiplatinum-selling version of Prince’s Nothing Compares 2 U.
Throughout the 1990s and 2000s, she fearlessly crossed musical genres, reimagining standards in the styles of classic jazz, Irish folk and Jamaican roots music.
She is enjoying a rich vein of form with the album I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss, a deliciously fresh collection of pop songs focused on romantic love, while her visceral live performances continue to set new standards of feminine intensity in rock music.