It is not without a background level of intrepidation that one approaches a new Sinéad O’Connor album. So brutal is her tendency towards utmost honesty, a new set of songs can be laced with all manner of torment. And with the well-documented difficulties surrounding her recent marriage still fresh, this album could have gotten lost in the emotional storm. It won’t – How…? is O’Connor’s best album in over a decade. From the pre-ceremony love-gush of ‘4th And Vine’ and the stunningly affecting ‘Reason On Me’, her supreme voice sounds as moving as it ever did. It’s not all good, ‘Queen Of Denmark’ contains teeth-grindingly bad lyrics, but this album triumphantly confirms that Sinéad will not be slipping into comfortable middle-age. John Freeman
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KEY TRACKS: ‘4TH AND VINE’, ‘REASON WITH ME’, ‘BACK WHERE YOU BELONG’.
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