Metascore
69

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. Dynamite singing, a killer band, and wonderful material do a fine album make.
  2. 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.
  3. 70
    There's nothing particularly profound here, but the combination of skanking, roots-reggae rhythms and O'Connor's still-gorgeous voice... is a winning one. [Nov 2005, p.106]
  4. You can't fault the songs, the playing or the voice, but these versions contribute little to the originals. [Oct 2005, p.117]
  5. 80
    Determinedly singing in her own accent was a wise move. [Oct 2005, p.110]
  6. The concept works better than you might think. [3 Nov 2005, p.94]
  7. 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]
  8. The most curious release of her career.
  9. Her icy-cool vocals nicely contrast with the island grooves. [7 Oct 2005, p.77]
  10. An audacious but unsuccessful experiment. [Oct/Nov 2005, p.132]
  11. 60
    For [O'Connor] to record a full reggae set, covering each song exactly like the original, rivals Gus Van Sant's odd shot-for-shot remake of Hitchcock's Psycho. [Oct 2005, p.141]
  12. [A] pleasant surprise of an album.
  13. An imposing act of pop interpretation. [3 Oct 2005]
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. TomB
    May 6, 2006
    9
    The songs are great, Sinead's voice is perfect and the muscians are so in the groove. Jah be praised!
  2. AS
    Apr 22, 2006
    10
    Absolutley beautiful, heart-wrenching covers that pay homage to the originals while putting Sinead's unique spin on them. Thank god she 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.... Full Review »
  3. ViinnyG
    Jan 15, 2006
    10
    wonderful interpretation; sung with integrity; tracks 3 to 10 are simply a wonder to listen to over and over again