Sinead O’Connor, The Lion and the Cobra (1987)
I am not sure of the timeline exactly – I probably heard the second album first, given that was where the big, big hit was, but I do remember staying up late one night and seeing a show that featured songs from this album and the one that followed by Sinead O’Connor. Who was she? And my god – why and how was she so great? This was freaky and freakish and baffling and beautiful. And maybe she was all of those things and much more. I was young. And had never heard anything quite like the songs that I’d end up finding out were on this – her debut album. She was 20 when she made this record. And pregnant. And it’s a masterpiece. It’s an album that anyone that’s ever made music ever could only hope to make. She’s a genius. She’s had some tough times and been mocked and ridiculed and unfairly maligned. She called out the catholic church way before memes – she has made some bad choices too (or at least I’m going to guess that she has). But the music here and on many of her albums is sublime. I’ve been a fan for life. Since hearing this early material. She’s mesmerising when at her best. The voice. The writing. The power in the performance. The conviction. And the toll that it’s taken on her – well the payoff doesn’t seem enough. But I’m sure glad to finally have a copy of this album in my collection. I went without it for years. My CD long time. Good to find – and have – the record. She’s rare. And this is brilliant.
Sample Track: Mandinka
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