Circling back to a classic
Torgeir Hansson | San Francisco, CA USA | 07/04/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It may be a little premature to declare a record a classic after less than ten years. Then again, there are times when such a thing may be entirely fitting and appropriate. With Faith And Courage it is more than that: it is required.
This is Sinead at the apex of her artistic power. Her releases since have been exciting and worthwhile in their own right; Throw Down Your Arms for its reach, and Theology for its integrity, but pop is Sinead O'Connor's true medium. Faith And Courage is pop, and with this wanting pencil she has drawn a life's experience into a collection of songs that each reveal a facet of her wakeful heart. It rejects or abandons none of her early anger and anguish, nor does it compromise her unique perspective. It embraces it all in a new maturity and vitality, and turns her tumultuous, sometimes harrowing personal history into music that won't leave you alone.
What comes of her personal journey is a depth, and an acute feeling for what it means to be human that most other recording artists just don't have access to. Faith And Courage is a work of lasting beauty. The glimpses it offers of this artist's inner life demand to be believed. There is no other choice.
Bob Dylan sang to your lizard brain, and Mick Jagger to your crotch. Sinead sings to your Irish soul, and I for one am richer for it."
Scottiboy | Cincinnati, OH USA | 03/22/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am SO behind the times! I'm not sure why I purchased this CD so many years ago, but I have just recently begun to listen.
I LOVE IT!
I hear other artists... Chantal Kreviazuk, oddly enough, and Heather Nova.
Oh, but this is SO much better!! EVERY song is kick a*#!. Whether Sinead is showing her skills as a balladeer or a rocker, there are simply NO missteps!
How weird is it that his this CD is eight years old and I'm just now understanding its power? Doesn't really matter. I've loved Sinead O'Connor from the start. These songs solidify Sinead as a wonderfully expressive artist with an unparalleled voice."