User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15

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  1. EdwardE
    Oct 10, 2005
    9
    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.
  2. luisr
    Oct 19, 2005
    10
    A brilliant album full of rasta soul and classic reggae songs sang by the most passionate voice in the music industry. Sinéad delivers her best work in years. Sinéad and reggae music, revolutionary indeed
  3. zaynew
    Oct 25, 2005
    10
    simply amazing!!
  4. 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 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....
  5. 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!
  6. SuperMe
    Nov 22, 2005
    10
    The Woman is a God; true talent subject to adversity
  7. jyotirmayad
    Oct 7, 2005
    8
    It is always exciting for mee when Sinead O'Connor releases a new CD. After the dissappointing Faith & Courage of 2000, she has wisely stopped trying to be the focus of her songs and emerse her spirit into the lives of the one's she loves -- the songs and plight of the Irish of the days of yore, and now, the Rastafari of Jamaica. Although her voice has seemed to have lost a It is always exciting for mee when Sinead O'Connor releases a new CD. After the dissappointing Faith & Courage of 2000, she has wisely stopped trying to be the focus of her songs and emerse her spirit into the lives of the one's she loves -- the songs and plight of the Irish of the days of yore, and now, the Rastafari of Jamaica. Although her voice has seemed to have lost a little of it's higher soprano capability, she more than makes up for it in this sincere effort to be a part of and sing with the Rasta-man and his songs. Fave song on the CD is "Y Mas Gan" a Rasta spiritual. Expand
  8. 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
  9. franks
    Oct 14, 2005
    10
    excellent roots reggae album. Sinead is excellent this time around.
  10. MKR
    Dec 29, 2005
    7
    For someone that has been a follower of Burning Spear and Buju Banton for years among many others, Sinead's song choices couldn't be more inspired. Although she has chosen to add very little to the original songs, her voice as a lone change does make for an intriguing directional shift from the original stories, never before have I really cared for Sinead's work but I do For someone that has been a follower of Burning Spear and Buju Banton for years among many others, Sinead's song choices couldn't be more inspired. Although she has chosen to add very little to the original songs, her voice as a lone change does make for an intriguing directional shift from the original stories, never before have I really cared for Sinead's work but I do find this album sincere and worthwhile although not groundbreaking where these songs stem and grow from. Expand
  11. FranciscoA
    Dec 29, 2005
    9
    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!
  12. me
    Oct 24, 2005
    10
    Brilliant cd! I can't stop listening to it
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. Blender
    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]
  3. Entertainment Weekly
    75
    Her icy-cool vocals nicely contrast with the island grooves. [7 Oct 2005, p.77]