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I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock
Before Sinead O'Connor became conservative America's most reviled musician when she ripped up a picture of the Pope on TV and refused to perform live at a New Jersey venue following "The Star Spangled Banner," she vocally ... more »
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Before Sinead O'Connor became conservative America's most reviled musician when she ripped up a picture of the Pope on TV and refused to perform live at a New Jersey venue following "The Star Spangled Banner," she vocally supported the IRA at home in Ireland and generally roused the rabble. Indeed, she's one female pop star who's truly earned her army boots. Though her once meteoric musical career has suffered due to her outspokenness, the powerful voice and presence found on her second album is beyond reproach. Best known as the source of O'Connor's breakthrough cover of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U," this is a moving, intensely passionate work full of dark beauty and longing, constructed with a fierce independence and a taste for the unique. This undeniably pop album (albeit with modern-rock and folk elements) has more than held up through the years. --Lorry Fleming
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Aileen R. (aileen) from N HOLLYWOOD, CA
Reviewed on 5/21/2008...
"Before Sinead O'Connor became conservative America's most reviled musician when she ripped up a picture of the Pope on TV and refused to perform live at a New Jersey venue following 'The Star Spangled Banner,' she vocally supported the IRA at home in Ireland and generally roused the rabble. Indeed, she's one female pop star who's truly earned her army boots. Though her once meteoric musical career has suffered due to her outspokenness, the powerful voice and presence found on her second album is beyond reproach. Best known as the source of O'Connor's breakthrough cover of Prince's 'Nothing Compares 2 U,' this is a moving, intensely passionate work full of dark beauty and longing, constructed with a fierce independence and a taste for the unique. This undeniably pop album (albeit with modern-rock and folk elements) has more than held up through the years." --Lorry Fleming (Amazon.com)
Amy T. (simplyamy) from DAKOTA DUNES, SD
Reviewed on 8/16/2007...
I don't like her personally, but this CD is a must!
Sonoko F. from MONTCLAIR, NJ
Reviewed on 3/20/2007...
A must-have. O'Connor's voice is an astonishing instrument - her voice goes from howls to nearly whispering, never losing a piercing clarity & gorgeous tone that's almost inhuman. Her passionate delivery and choice of material elevate pop to its highest level. This one hasn't aged a bit - still timeless, touching and powerful in its humanity and vulnerability.
"...That All I'd Need Was Inside Me"
Samhot | Star Land | 12/27/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Through all of the controversy and scorn she's endured for her beliefs and public behaviour, Sinead O'Connor remains a formidable talent, and in the end, her music should always be the focal point. Her 1990 release _I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got_ was her biggest breakthrough, and what's astonishing is how well it holds up nearly a decade and a half since it's release.
Sinead also possessed one of the most powerful and moving voices in all of rock music: beautiful and ethereal, and at other times, frightening and disturbing. This album is a perfect showcase for that, as well as her most introspective, soul-searching lyrics. These lyrics mostly deal with Sinead's relationships, failed and/or unfailed, her strength to preservere through hardships, and ultimate resolution.
"Feel So Different" opens up with a spiritual soliloquy before turning into a slow, moody orchestral ballad. Sinead's vocals slowly and steadily progress from hushed and calm, to climactic cathartic releases. The strings, which steadily increase in dynamics during these vocal progressions, add a sense of drama to the whole thing. The orchestral arrangements in general are lovely and elegant.
"I Am Stretched On Your Grave" is mostly a Frank O'Connor poem set to music, but arranged by Sinead herself. A progressive mix of exotic, Gaelicesque vocal musings with a funky, hip-hop drum beat, along with a steady, one-two note bassline sandwiched inbetween. Later in the song, there are some violin scrapes which add an extra dose of atmosphere.
"Three Babies" is an acoustic-folk track with subtle use of orchestration. On here, particularly, Sinead serves up her chameleonic vocal ability - ranging from hushed voicings, to near-possessed, upper register wailings, to disturbing, echo-filled, cathartic yellings, so to speak. Sinead herself strums the acoustic in quite an introspective manner. A very beautiful track.
"The Emperor's New Clothes" has a wonderful melody drenched in it's bouncy rhythm. The lyrics are intensively open and confessional, showcasing Sinead's defiant and determined nature when facing odds. She also mentions her children, and the effects of being pregnant in a few of the tracks here. These lyrics here seem written to a former lover, exhibiting reflection, but not necessarily regret, and the sense of moving on, with, or without the protagonist's presence.
"Black Boys on Mopeds" was Sinead's take on British policemen chasing down an African-American who they suspected of a crime he didn't commit, and was killed during the chase. Sinead offers up some scathing lyrics on Margaret Thatcher, and England in general. The music is low-key and melodic, and in particular, the melody and Sinead's smooth, yet grave and powerful way in delivering the vocal is painfully affecting.
"Nothing Compares 2 U" is the big hit of the album, of course. Though written by Prince, it was Sinead's version of the song which became popular. Though I liked this song when it first came out, it wasn't until a few years ago that I really began to love and appreciate it's beauty very deeply. The lush, achingly beautiful strings and Sinead's haunting voice blend nicely to create this autumnal and monumental beauty. Stands the test of time.
"Jump In The River" is a hard-driving rocker, and probably the edgiest track on this otherwise, mostly low-key album. The lyrics on here obviously deal with one of Sinead's love relationships, and the lyrics are quite open. Sinead is credited as playing the crunching electric guitar parts.
"You Cause As Much Sorrow" contrasts low-key ambience with more pronounced acoustic strumming. Whispery vocals give way to more pronounced vocal atmospherics. A mostly low-key track, Sinead tells a certain protagonist, as well as her audience, that she's really a sweet, gentle and caring soul underneath her apparent brash exterior.
"The Last Day of Our Acquaintance" is a slow, absorbing, hushed number with Sinead exhibiting a naked vocal performance alongside her acoustic guitar. This song, like others on here, deals with a relationship, and as the title of this track suggests, it's based on a relationship that has ended. The lyrics, Sinead's emotive vocals, and the smooth, low-key atmosphere make this song very poignant, and almost painful to listen to at times. By the track's end, it becomes more upbeat, as if the pained atmosphere of the first half -- and in Sinead's soul -- has disappeared, and Sinead has found the strength to heal herself.
The title track is an a capella soliloquy, and is extremely affecting, especially in some of the lyrics addressed. Very personal, spiritual and forward-looking, it's basically Sinead saying she doesn't know exactly what lies ahead for her, but whatever it may be, she's willing to face it.
An excellent album from an excellent artist. This is an album that will age very well. It's held up nicely for the past decade plus, and will only continue to do so in the future. Introspective, intelligent and moving, this album is recommended to all with a taste for human emotion expressed frankly and unflinchingly."
Sinead O'Connor's One Essential Album
Brian D. Rubendall | Oakton, VA | 07/20/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Before massive stardom went to her head and Sinead O'Connor went off the deep end, she recorded "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got," her one recorded masterpiece. Even if the massively overplayed (at the time) Prince-penned single "Nothing Compares 2 U" isn't to your taste, there are plenty of other great songs here. "The Emperor's New Clothes" is about as catchy a declaration of independence as you're going to hear. Other standouts include haunting cuts like "Three Babies," the literally dead romance of "You Cause as Much Sorrow," and the figuratively dead romance of "The Last Day of Our Acquaintance." Even the leftist political musings of "Black Boys on Mopeds" is made palatable by moving imagery and excellent songwriting. Throughout, O'Connor's voice is what really carries the songs, combining raw power and fragility in a way that is truly unique.Overall, Sinead O'Connor's second album is her one true masterpiece and the one that carries by far the greatest impact."