Monday, December 12, 2005

Sinead O'Connor: I and I Do Know Mandinka

There is a review of a recent Sinead O'Connor show at the New York Times. Here's some of it:

For a woman who tore up a photograph of Pope John Paul II on live television, Sinead O'Connor is downright devout. Her faith now is Rastafarianism, the Jamaican creed that brought righteousness to reggae.

...Like a convert making a pilgrimage, she recorded the album in Kingston, Jamaica, with the eminent reggae producers Sly and Robbie: Sly Dunbar on drums and Robbie Shakespeare on bass. Sly and Robbie also lead Ms. O'Connor's band on the tour that brought her to Webster Hall on Friday night. Winston Rodney, a k a Burning Spear, was by her side, playing congas and sometimes joining her with his craggy, adamant voice.

By Friday's concert, Ms. O'Connor had all but sloughed off her previous career. She sang none of her own songs, and onstage as on the album, she strove to reproduce the original reggae arrangements. She only briefly unleashed the banshee ululation that was once her trademark; it got cheers.
As many of you know, disappointing your fans is a big part of being Advanced. I like her method of giving the audience just enough of what the want to make them think that they were going to get something she had no intention of giving. This whole reggae thing is really great, but if I were her Advancement advisor, I would suggest that she do reggae versions of her hits, especially "Mandinka."

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