Throw Down Your Arms - Sinéad O'Connor
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  • Summary: O'Connor's first studio album since "retiring" from the music business consists of covers of a dozen reggae classics, including songs by Burning Spear, Peter Tosh and Lee "Scratch" Perry.
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. An imposing act of pop interpretation. [3 Oct 2005]
  2. 80
    Determinedly singing in her own accent was a wise move. [Oct 2005, p.110]
  3. Her icy-cool vocals nicely contrast with the island grooves. [7 Oct 2005, p.77]
  4. [A] pleasant surprise of an album.
  5. At the end of the day, though, I'm a bit puzzled over why the world needed an album of Sinead O'Connor reggae covers.
  6. Sly and Robbie provide an adequate musical magic carpet for the singer to float on, but it fails to complement her as much as it should. [#11, p.108]
  7. You can't fault the songs, the playing or the voice, but these versions contribute little to the originals. [Oct 2005, p.117]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. AS
    Apr 22, 2006
    Absolutley beautiful, heart-wrenching covers that pay homage to the originals while putting Sinead's unique spin on them. Thank god she stuck to her irish lilt, one of the most unique reggae records to come out in years, and this is coming from someone whomainly listens to vintage reggae + dub music. "Curly Locks" is simply unbelieveable.... Expand
  2. SuperMe
    Nov 22, 2005
    The Woman is a God; true talent subject to adversity
  3. ViinnyG
    Jan 15, 2006
    wonderful interpretation; sung with integrity; tracks 3 to 10 are simply a wonder to listen to over and over again
  4. EdwardE
    Oct 10, 2005
    Although I'm not generally a fan of reggae music, Sinead O'Connor's "Throw Down Your Arms" is a stellar foray into a new realm for the Irish singer/songwriter. The production is amazing & Sinead's voice is better & stronger than her recent releases. It may seem like an odd combo but, "Throw Down Your Arms" is simply amazing. Expand
  5. TomB
    May 6, 2006
    The songs are great, Sinead's voice is perfect and the muscians are so in the groove. Jah be praised!
  6. FranciscoA
    Dec 29, 2005
    Excellent all around. The song choices, that killer band, and above all, the soulful singing. The only reason I did not give it a 10 is that I saw the live show, and it was even better! Expand
  7. karen
    Nov 22, 2005
    poor new album!

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