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Faith and Courage

Faith and Courage

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by Sinéad O'Connor
     
 
If anyone deserves to drape an album in a title like FAITH AND COURAGE, it's Sinéad O'Connor. She's spent virtually her entire career standing up for her beliefs -- in both her music and her actions -- and hasn't backed down once. Of course, that wouldn't mean nearly as much if the singer/songwriter didn't back up her thoughts with compelling music, and that's

Overview

If anyone deserves to drape an album in a title like FAITH AND COURAGE, it's Sinéad O'Connor. She's spent virtually her entire career standing up for her beliefs -- in both her music and her actions -- and hasn't backed down once. Of course, that wouldn't mean nearly as much if the singer/songwriter didn't back up her thoughts with compelling music, and that's something FAITH AND COURAGE has in abundance. With the help of such visionary musicians as Jah Wobble and Wyclef Jean, she's created a remarkably intricate yet listener-friendly blend of hip-hop rhythms and mystical Celtic melodies that comes together smartly on songs such as "No Man's Woman" (which has taken on a new dimension, as, shortly after the album's release, O'Connor came out as a lesbian). Fans of the earthy minimalism that marked her earliest work will find similar elements here -- most notably in the breathy shuffle of "The Healing Room" -- but the album also has a sense of freedom rarely present on her past albums. Much like kindred spirit Prince, O'Connor manifests that sense in both the sexual dimension (the preening "Daddy, I'm Fine") and the spiritual ("Kyrie Eleison"). As a statement of purpose, FAITH AND COURAGE never wavers, and as a musical document, it's sure to silence any doubters.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
On Faith and Courage, her fifth studio album, Sinéad O'Connor sounds both lonely and afraid ("Jealous," "Dancing Lessions") and fiercely confident ("No Man's Woman"). The sorrowful "Hold Back the Night" and the Celtic reggae of "The Lamb's Book of Life" -- the latter a slap against her native Ireland -- are among her most honest songs. Despite the spiritual content, O'Connor's bitterness prevails.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/13/2000
Label:
Atlantic Mod Afw
UPC:
0075678333729
catalogNumber:
83337
Rank:
63532

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sinéad O'Connor   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals
Junior Delgado   Spoken Word
Rusty Anderson   Guitar
Kerren Berz   Conductor
Paul Bushnell   Bass
Scott Cutler   Guitar
Joel Derouin   Cello
Brian Eno   Piano
Jah Wobble   Bass
Skip McDonald   Bass,Guitar,Background Vocals
Chucho Merchán   Bass
Carlton Ogilvie   Bass,Piano
John Reynolds   Drums
Lil John Roberts   Drums
Derek Scott   Guitar
Chris Sharrock   Drums
Dave Stewart   Guitar
Bim Sherman   Background Vocals
Anne Preven   Background Vocals
Kieran Kiely   Low Whistle
Justin Adams   Guitar
Blandinna Melky Jean   Vocals
Little Roy   Background Vocals
David Levita   Keyboards
Ghetto Priest   Background Vocals,Spoken Word

Technical Credits

Nick Addison   Engineer
Kerren Berz   Orchestral Arrangements
Alan Branch   Programming,Engineer
Steve Churchyard   Engineer
Scott Cutler   Producer
Brian Eno   Producer
Scott Gordon   Engineer
Acar S. Key   Engineer
Skip McDonald   Producer
Sinéad O'Connor   Arranger
Mark Price   Programming
John Reynolds   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Andy Grassi   Engineer
Glen Marchese   Engineer
Wyclef Jean   Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Producer
Simon Mundey   Programming
Anne Preven   Producer
Jeff Turzo   drum programming
Ciaran Cahill   Engineer
Liquid Grooves   Drum Samples
A. Wright   Programming
Jackie Gouchee Farris   Composer
Jim Fitzpatrick   Illustrations
Alvin Sweeney   Engineer
Greg Koller   Engineer
Reece Gilmore   Programming
Graham Dominy   Engineer

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