Sean-Nós Nua - Sinéad O'Connor
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  • Summary: The mercurial singer-songwriter returns with an album of interpretations of 13 traditional Irish songs.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. This set combines gorgeous traditional songs and top players with some powerful singing. [11 Oct 2002, p.82]
  2. One of her finest albums to date.
  3. Throughout Sean-Nos Nua the production treats O'Connor's voice like a canvas on which to paint vivid images. At times the result is distracting, with far too much slapback, but it also scores on songs like "Molly Malone," where vocal and instrumental textures together trace the tale through poignant light and ominous shadow.
  4. 70
    Nothing sounds quite as expected. [Nov 2002, p.108]
  5. Her most rapturous work in a decade.
  6. O'Connor sounds very relaxed, and ultimately humbled by the ancient material. She resists the temptation to use her vocal tics and affectations; for the most part, she sings the words with a straightforward clarity and reverence.
  7. 20
    A sentimental indulgence destined for a theme-pub half-life. [Nov 2002, p.114]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. MikeC
    Nov 17, 2006
    10
    Such Beauty, compassion in her voice. It makes me want to cry and laugh with happiness and sadness all at once.
  2. KevinC
    Dec 16, 2002
    10
    She's a phenomenal singer and she's picked some great songs that show her range and abilities. Fantastic album for Irish music fans.
  3. DonL
    Apr 22, 2006
    10
    Great musicianship, awesome vocals.
  4. MarcB
    Nov 21, 2002
    9
    A haunting collection of traditional voice as interpreted by one of the greatest voices of her generation.
  5. KimB
    May 1, 2006
    9
    I`m ashamed to say that i didn`t hear this album before today. I have always respected and admired Sinéad for her talent and her I`m ashamed to say that i didn`t hear this album before today. I have always respected and admired Sinéad for her talent and her outspokeness. This album is truly a gem, So well produced and put together and her voice is as usual nothing short of spectacular. Expand
  6. jyo_tirmayad
    Sep 2, 2006
    8
    This is THE album that Sinead O'connor has waited to make all of her life. It is meaningful and beautiful at the same time. Well, done, This is THE album that Sinead O'connor has waited to make all of her life. It is meaningful and beautiful at the same time. Well, done, Ms. O'Connor. Expand

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