Sean-Nós Nua - Sinead O'Connor
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  • Summary: The mercurial singer-songwriter returns with an album of interpretations of 13 traditional Irish songs.
Score distribution:
  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