Saturday, June 12, 2010

i want to make something beautiful for you

Sinéad O'Connor is a contemporary of mine and always a discovery since hearing her early soundtrack work with U2's The Edge and the brilliant albums that followed -- The Lion & The Cobra, i do not want what i have not got, Universal Mother, Theology. Not everything worked every time, but that voice, the choice of material, and usually her sense of partners to play with could be magic more often than not.
Lately, her presence is vivid and apparent. I hear her new music and see her on the web talking about the same things she has always talked about -- faith, betrayal, adoration, damage, redemption, confrontation, devotion, and return. Besides, i like her tunes.
Theology was a latter day album that got overlooked. In 2007, in the waning Bush era, its confessional & devotional sound and the Dylanesque Slow Train Coming dedication was a lot to take at the time, but age has a way of weathering edges into patinas.
This rendition of "Jeremiah" is filmed at The Sugar Club in Dublin in the Summer of 2006.

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