• Record Label: Atlantic
  • Release Date: Jun 13, 2000
Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. 100
    "Faith And Courage" is head and shoulders above what came before it. In fact, it is brilliant.
  2. Checkout.com
    90
    There's a lot going on sonically with this album, but it feels cohesive -- all its disparate elements are beautifully brought together by O'Connor's overriding openness and passion.
  3. Enter Faith and Courage, an album that reclaims O'Connor's status and stature as it presents us with a kinder, gentler, and matured artist who still sings like a wily archangel and writes with passionate, purposeful clarity.
  4. O'Connor's most coherent record since 1990's ''I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got"
  5. Its first single, "No Man's Woman"... contains much of what makes O'Connor's music so compelling: tight songwriting, music that borrows from traditions both antique and contemporary, and a voice that can switch from fragile to fierce in the span of a graceful note. As goes the single, so goes most of the album...
  6. 80
    Faith and Courage shows a songwriter still in command of her talents.
  7. Even though O'Connor adopts a penitent tone on Faith and Courage, this album is no concession to anyone or anything. O'Connor is still O'Connor: strident, contradictory, motherly, seductive.
  8. Faith and Courage speaks with the jaw-clenched directness for which O'Connor is both famous and infamous.... an album of approachable pop that's both defiant and diverse and that flaunts rock's swagger, electronica's experimentalism, folk's introspection and hip-hop's social critique.
  9. 70
    On Faith and Courage, she returns with the blend of Celtic mysticism, commercial pop, and mature themes that moved so many listeners (and units) on 1990's I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, while pulling out a few trip-hop stops to keep things current.
  10. Alternative Press
    60
    The album sounds, not surprisingly, overproduced, lacking even a hint of the earthy quality of 'I Do Not Want...' and leaving little space for O'Connor to stretch out vocally. [#146, p.96]
  11. She sounds lonely and afraid in songs like "Jealous" and "Dancing Lessons," yet her fierce confidence overpowers such insecurity on the pinch-hitting "No Man's Woman."
  12. You yearn for raw guitars, gritty beats or at least a broader dynamic range.
  13. Her choice of collaborators is piss-poor, and as every vocal snarl and heartfelt croon is wilfully blanded-out by the musos and their sterile embellishments, we might as well be listening to The Corrs.
  14. 50
    Often, Sinead's words are infected with the pernicious post-therapy psychobabble that blights the contemporary female singer/songwriter...
  15. The results are perplexing. An artist who has made a career out of pushing herself to extremes has put together an album of pappy, poppy songs that sound like they were written between cups of tea in the garden.
  16. While many adolescents go through mixed-up times, most have the sense not to let Wyclef Jean remix their accounts of first love into a four-minute bowl of mush called "Dancing Lessons."
  17. 30
    For such a propulsive controversy-magnet, her new album is awfully toothless and indistinct.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. jyotirmayad
    Jan 5, 2006
    6
    This album dissappointed me. I knew deep down as I purchased it that it would have some mediocre music on it as it was Sinead's 4th or This album dissappointed me. I knew deep down as I purchased it that it would have some mediocre music on it as it was Sinead's 4th or 5th proper studio album. It had been 13 years since she arrived on the music scene and this ended up being her last CD of original music. I disliked much of it save for 3 or 4 songs. Later, she wisely chose traditional music and then a CD of Rasta music which fit her voice perfectly. My little songstress is back!!! Full Review »
  2. ConorD
    Mar 2, 2005
    10
    Brilliant album, every song is brilliant then you have No Man's Woman & Daddy I'm Fine, unbelieveable!!!
  3. ClareH.
    Oct 21, 2001
    10
    I think that Sinead O'Connor is extremely talented and her music is beautiful. She is my inspiration and I would love to write some I think that Sinead O'Connor is extremely talented and her music is beautiful. She is my inspiration and I would love to write some music as good as hers. Full Review »