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Sinéad O'Connor

702 Universal Mother by Sinéad O'Connor

Universal Mother

Ensign, Chrysalis
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Sinéad O'Connor, John Reynolds, Tim Simenon, Phil Coulter

Sinéad O'Connor explores motherhood, family, political and social issues on the introspective and emotionally charged album Universal Mother

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By 1994, Sinéad O'Connor had established herself as a musical powerhouse willing to take risks behind the microphone and under the hot spotlight of the media. Following up her third album, the 1992 release Am I Not Your Girl?, consisting mostly of jazz standards, O'Connor returned with an album of diverse musical styles, blending elements of folk, rock, and traditional Irish sounds. The mix of acoustic and electric instrumentation, from the trip-hop flavored singles "Fire On Babylon" and "Thank You For Hearing Me," bookend a much more subdued and intimate affair, including a cappella tracks and a hushed cover of "All Apologies" by Nirvana. While some of the 90s electronic production ends up sounding dating, overall the album reflects a generational talent pushing the limits of mainstream music.

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Songs in this episode

  • Intro - My Darling Child
  • 20:36 - John I Love You
  • 23:41 - Fire on Babylon
  • 34:44 - All Babies
  • 40:59 - Famine
  • 1:00:26 - Thank You For Hearing Me
  • Outro - Red Football

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