Sinead O'Connor

Album Title: Throw Down Your Arms
Release Date: October 4, 2005
Genre: Reggae
Since stepping back from the limelight and being on the verge of superstardom Sinead O'Connor has at long last released the album she has been striving for through the years. With her debut followed by her ground breaking album, I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got, catapulting her into the public sphere, Sinead feared commercialism would stub her creativity. By renouncing her mainstream appeal through releasing more spiritual music along with ripping up a picture of Pope John Paul II, Sinead felt she had accomplished her goal.

Over the next few years Sinead would release a number of albums with a more spiritual tradition centered around the Rastafarian culture.

With her most recent release titled, Throw Down Your Arms, Sinead traveled to Jamaica to record an album of classic reggae covers. Songs include inspirational tracks by Burning Spear such as, "Jah Nuh Dead", "Marcus Garvey", "Door Peep", and "He Prayed". Each song that O'Connor sings tributes to the writers and blends well with her soulful and expressive vocals. The smooth reggae beat and instrumentation are produced extremely well and liven up the mix.

With this album I think Sinead has reached her spiritual peak and as is written in the liner notes she hopes to "honour the composers and pass on their teachingsÖthat God is alive and around all of us".

Writer: Paul Whitfield

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