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She Who Dwells...
     

She Who Dwells...

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by Sinéad O'Connor
 
Sinéad O'Connor's voice is one of life's great pleasures. It's as tender as it is powerful and as beautiful as it is provocative. Although O'Connor's public actions have caused turmoil, her music, at its best, has been intimate, expressive, and nakedly emotional. If it's true, as O'Connor announced in the summer of 2003, that she has retired from the music business,

Overview

Sinéad O'Connor's voice is one of life's great pleasures. It's as tender as it is powerful and as beautiful as it is provocative. Although O'Connor's public actions have caused turmoil, her music, at its best, has been intimate, expressive, and nakedly emotional. If it's true, as O'Connor announced in the summer of 2003, that she has retired from the music business, She Who Dwells is a fitting valedictory. The set pairs one disc of new, rare, and previously unreleased studio tracks with one disc of songs from an October 2002 concert in Dublin. The studio tracks range from traditional Irish songs recorded during sessions for Sean-Nós Nua to the reggae-flavored "My Love I Bring" and "A Hundred Thousand Angels" to an edgy cover of the B-52's' "Ain't It a Shame." Also featured are collaborations with Massive Attack and Asian Dub Foundation, as well as tracks produced with Brian Eno (including a captivating version of "Do Right Woman") and with the team of Adrian Sherwood and Skip MacDonald (including a hard-edged remix of "This Is a Rebel Song"). For an odds-and-sods collection, She Who Dwells is remarkably consistent, partly because many of the 19 tracks are covers -- O'Connor is a masterful interpreter -- partly because many use loping, programmed rhythms, but mostly because of O'Connor's magical vocals. The 13-track live set begins with a version of "Molly Malone" that O'Connor sings mostly a cappella, then mixes traditional Irish tunes with some of the artist's signature songs. The wonderfully flexible band, which includes fiddler Sharon Shannon, is equally adept on the lovely "The Singing Bird" and the explosive "I Am Stretched on Your Grave." She Who Dwells is a generous, impressive showcase for Sinéad O'Connor's unforgettable voice.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
She Who Dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High Shall Abide Under the Shadow of the Almighty (yeah, it's a mouthful, but at least it's not Fiona Apple's monolith), was reportedly Sinead O' Connor's final album -- it wasn't -- as she seeks another way of life as a spiritual pilgrim, O'Connor delved deep into her rare, B-side, unreleased, and compilation tracks and gives listeners a live album to boot over two discs. Released stateside on Vanguard, this is, despite its disparate nature, one of the most satisfying recordings she's ever delivered -- the previous year's Sean-Nós Nua, her traditional album, was a knockout and perhaps her finest studio moment, but it went unnoticed here because Americans can't seem to forgive O'Connor for exercising her right to free speech (the audience at Bob Dylan's 30th anniversary concert should be especially ashamed). The studio sides released on disc one include her collaborations with everyone from Adrian Sherwood to the Asian Dub Foundation to Massive Attack to Roger Eno. Her covers of Dan Penn's "Do Right Woman," Boudleaux Bryant's "Love Hurts," and the B-52's' "Ain't It a Shame" are highly original, deeply moving, and satisfying. Her originals, such as "No Matter How Hard I Try," "Love Is Ours," "This Is a Rebel Song," and "Emma's Song," are eclipsed only by her readings of traditional Gaelic material. Her arrangements and those of her collaborators are top-flight. There are 19 cuts in all on disc one, and not a moribund moment in the bunch. The live show on disc two is riveting; it is revelatory for its deep emotional commitment to the performance of the material at hand. On material such as "Molly Malone," "I Am Stretched on Your Grave," and "You Made Me the Thief of Your Heart," Celtic, reggae, and modern dance music come together in a singular mix of O'Connor's own design. Bottom line: it kicks ass. And the performance of Prince's "Nothing Compares 2 U" blows away the studio version with its searing sense of loss and grief. O'Connor's professionalism as a bandleader is not to be eclipsed by anyone. This 13-track set was simply the best record of 2003 at the time of its release. Her manner of getting inside the material is uncanny as she transforms herself with that gorgeous voice from track to track. Her protagonists and characters are people of this world to be sure, but they are also angels and haunted spirits, children, and broken lovers who have been laid waste by their honesty, much like the singer herself. O'Connor is easily the most misunderstood artist of her time, and her willingness to allow her restless spirit to seek happiness and indulge her emotions clearly makes people -- particularly Americans -- very uncomfortable and angry. If you cannot get past the person to appreciate the voice, it's your loss, as this is quite simply a presentation of pop culture that translates itself into high (yet very accessible) art for anyone with ears that are open.
Blender - David Gates
[O'Connor] has never sounded better than on She Who Dwells.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/09/2003
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707021524
catalogNumber:
215/6

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sinéad O'Connor   Primary Artist,Vocals
Neil Davidge   Group Member
Robert "3D" del Naja   Group Member

Technical Credits

Pablo Moses   Composer
Prince   Composer
Gavin Friday   Composer
Massive Attack   Arranger,Producer
Joseph Campbell   Composer
Dan Penn   Composer
Benny Andersson   Composer
Alan Branch   Arranger,Producer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Brian Eno   Producer
Chips Moman   Composer
Rick Nowels   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Sinéad O'Connor   Arranger,Composer,Producer
John Reynolds   Producer
Keith Strickland   Composer
Delbert Tailor   Composer
Björn Ulvaeus   Composer
Cindy Wilson   Composer
Neil Davidge   Composer
Robert "3D" del Naja   Arranger,Composer
Adey Wilson   Composer
Paul Hewson   Composer
Oisin Lunny   Arranger,Producer
Philip King   Composer
Professor Stretch   Arranger
Michael O'Donovan   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Steve Chandra Savale   Composer
B. Alexander   Arranger
Amy L. VonHolzhausen   Art Direction
Gibheannaigh   Arranger,Producer
Sherwood MacDonald   Producer
Simon Sleeman   Arranger
Damien Dempsey   Composer

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She Who Dwells... 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
She Who Dwells... is more than a typical hits album. With a handpicked Disc 1 and a live Disc 2, O'Connor tried to sum up her mercurial career. Since this is all the Sinéad I have, I can't claim to be a fan although I admire her fire. (Facing hostile Dylan fans and reciting War at Bobfest 30 took courage.) I just think she had and maybe still has an agenda and it sometimes trips her up. I do think it is a set that deserved to remain in print and I am glad that I own it.