Everyone’s calling it the “Sinead’s Rasta Vibrations”, but MusiqQueen calls it a comeback on a different style called crossover. How can we forget the media calling her a Pope-defiler, a priest, a sometime lesbian and a pop star? You can’t, but we can forgive if it turns out that the album is “Off The Chain”.
The Irish songbird is currently in Jamaica, recording a reggae album, producer Sly Dunbar confirmed.
Dunbar and Robbie Shakespeare, who together founded the Taxi record label, which has promoted the careers of artists including Black Uhuru, Ini Kamoze and Beanie Man, are coproducing the record.
The album is slated for a summer release by U.K. label Sanctuary Records, Dunbar said
The as-yet untitled album will feature O’Connor showcasing her vocal chops on covers of classic protest numbers such as Bob Marley’s “War,” Peter Tosh’s “Downpressor Man” and Burning Spears’ “Marcus Garvey.”
The move is a departure for O’Connor, who first exploded onto the music scene with her searing 1991 cover of Prince’s “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
More recently, she has focused on recording traditional Irish ballads. Her last album, Sean Nos Nua, was released in 2002.
Shortly thereafter, O’Connor announced that she was retiring from the music business to focus on other interests.
As has become the norm with the unpredictable artist, she seems to have reversed that decision in order to revive her career.
O’Connor’s chameleon-like antics have earned her plenty of media scrutiny over the years, much to the eccentric singer’s chagrin.
In 1992, she made headlines after she shredded a picture of Pope John Paul II during a performance on Saturday Night Live. Several years later, she raised eyebrows again after she announced she had been ordained as a priest in a Catholic splinter sect.
After her first marriage ended in divorce, O’Connor announced in 2000 that–surprise!–she was actually a lesbian. A year later, she apparently changed her mind and got hitched to her second husband, journalist Nick Sommerlad.
Last fall, the singer took out a full page ad in the Irish Examiner, declaring that she was tired of being “the whipping post of Ireland’s media” and begging to be left alone.
The singer has claimed her upcoming recordings will incorporate some of her newfound spirituality.
“I want to at least aim my records at a more spiritualized market,” O’Connor told Irish music mag Hotpress.
But don’t expect the singer to return to her pop roots anytime soon–in the same interview, she blasted mainstream music for having “all the sincerity of a whore’s kiss.”
On second thought, given O’Connor’s ever-changing outlook, we’re guessing you can look for that pop album in about a year or so.