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Sinéad O'Connor's debut, The Lion and the Cobra, was a sensation upon its 1987 release, and it remains a distinctive record, finding a major talent striving to achieve her own voice. Like many debuts, it's entirely possible to hear her influences, from Peter Gabriel to Prince and contemporary rap, but what's striking about the record is how she synthesizes these into her own sound -- an eerie, expansive sound heavy on atmosphere and tortured passion. If the album occasionally sinks into its own atmospheric murk a little too often, she pulls everything back into focus with songs as bracing as the hard-rocking "Mandinka" or the sexy hip-hop of "I Want Your Hands ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Sinéad O'Connor's debut, The Lion and the Cobra, was a sensation upon its 1987 release, and it remains a distinctive record, finding a major talent striving to achieve her own voice. Like many debuts, it's entirely possible to hear her influences, from Peter Gabriel to Prince and contemporary rap, but what's striking about the record is how she synthesizes these into her own sound -- an eerie, expansive sound heavy on atmosphere and tortured passion. If the album occasionally sinks into its own atmospheric murk a little too often, she pulls everything back into focus with songs as bracing as the hard-rocking "Mandinka" or the sexy hip-hop of "I Want Your Hands on Me." Still, those ethereal soundscapes are every bit as enticing as the direct material, since "Troy," "Jackie," and "Jerusalem" are compelling because of their hushed, quiet intensity. It's not a perfect album, since it can succumb to uneven pacing, but it's a thoroughly impressive debut -- and it's all the more impressive when you realize she only topped it with its immediate successor, before losing all focus.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 094632161222
  • Catalog Number: 216126

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jackie (2:28)
  2. 2 Mandinka (3:46)
  3. 3 Jerusalem (4:20)
  4. 4 Just Like U Said It Would B (4:32)
  5. 5 Never Get Old (4:39)
  6. 6 Troy (6:34)
  7. 7 I Want Your (Hands on Me) (4:42)
  8. 8 Drink Before the War (5:25)
  9. 9 Just Call Me Joe (5:51)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sinéad O'Connor Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Enya Voices, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Mike Clowes Synthesizer, Keyboards
Rob Dean Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Marco Pirroni Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Kevin Moloney Guitar, Bass Guitar
John Reynolds Drums
Leslie Winer Voices, Speech/Speaker/Speaking Part
Kevin Mooney Guitar, Bass Guitar
Spike Hollifield Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Jack Adams Mastering
Mike Clowes String Arrangements
Marco Pirroni Contributor
Kevin Moloney Producer, Engineer
Sinéad O'Connor Arranger, Producer
John Reynolds Programming
Gavyn Wright Director
Teeroy Morris Arranger
John Maybury Art Direction, Cover Art
Lawrence Zubia Composer
Steve Horse Art Direction, Cover Art
Sean Pencil Cover Art
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best Sinead Album by Far and a Favorite of mine

    This was definitely her best album full of power and passion. It is dark and angry and her voice is beautiful. My next favorite is probably ¿Universal Mother¿, but I have not heard ¿Faith and Courage¿. That one sounds a little too upbeat and Celtic for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of Best Album's of All Time

    I think this is Sinead's best album to date. The issues she was writing about during this time are expressed passionately in every song. Pure emotion is how I would describe ''The Lion and the Cobra''. Sinead has the voice of an angel.

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