Throw Down Your Arms

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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Sinéad O'Connor has had a soft spot for reggae music from the very start of her career -- its rebellious nature was an obvious fit for the iconoclastic singer. A decade and a half later, it's another side to Jamaican music that appeals to this mother of three: the spiritual teachings of Rastafarianism. Throw Down Your Arms is a reverent collection from O'Connor, and as such she doesn't change these powerful protest numbers a bit. Backed by an all-star band including Sly and Robbie, saxophonist Dean Frazer, drummer Sticky Thompson, vocalist Pam Hall, and producers Collin "Bulby" Yorke and Fatta Marshall, Sinéad delivers note-perfect renditions of songs by Burning Spear,...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
Sinéad O'Connor has had a soft spot for reggae music from the very start of her career -- its rebellious nature was an obvious fit for the iconoclastic singer. A decade and a half later, it's another side to Jamaican music that appeals to this mother of three: the spiritual teachings of Rastafarianism. Throw Down Your Arms is a reverent collection from O'Connor, and as such she doesn't change these powerful protest numbers a bit. Backed by an all-star band including Sly and Robbie, saxophonist Dean Frazer, drummer Sticky Thompson, vocalist Pam Hall, and producers Collin "Bulby" Yorke and Fatta Marshall, Sinéad delivers note-perfect renditions of songs by Burning Spear, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley, and others. Of course, most Sinéad fans wouldn't know "Curly Locks" from any of the close-cropped singer's originals, so the familiarity that comes with most covers albums is strikingly absent. In a way, O'Connor's curated her own history in reggae: There's the preachy "Prophet Has Arise," the anti-church and anti-papist, no doubt "Vampire," and militant numbers such as Burning Spear's "Marcus Garvey." Doom comes to nonbelievers on Tosh's "Downpressor Man," and the struggles of the poor are limned in one of the album's most surprising tracks, "Untold Stories." That recent side by noted homophobe turned spiritual seeker Buju Banton perhaps best evokes O'Connor's reasons for this curious, affecting set. After an outrageous youth, she's matured, and has turned her gifts to uplift and love. And while the title track suggests thoughts of peace, O'Connor's last words, from Haile Selassie via Bob Marley, are the stirring words of "War." Maybe that rebel's not so far gone after all.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/14/2005
  • Label: Ministry Of Sound De
  • EAN: 4029758661635
  • Catalog Number: 3016

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Jah Nuh Dead (3:22)
  2. 2 Marcus Garvey (3:30)
  3. 3 Door Peep (3:24)
  4. 4 He Prayed (3:29)
  5. 5 Y Mas Gan (3:51)
  6. 6 Curly Locks (4:24)
  7. 7 Vampire (4:04)
  8. 8 Prophet Has Arise (4:28)
  9. 9 Downpressor Man (5:10)
  10. 10 Throw Down Your Arms (4:15)
  11. 11 Untold Stories (3:42)
  12. 12 War (4:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Intro (0:59)
  2. 2 Jah Nuh Dead (3:14)
  3. 3 Marcus Garvey (3:31)
  4. 4 Door Peep (3:21)
  5. 5 He Prayed (3:30)
  6. 6 Y Mas Gan (3:53)
  7. 7 Curly Locks (4:19)
  8. 8 Vampire (4:03)
  9. 9 Prophet Has Arise (4:26)
  10. 10 Downpressor Man (5:09)
  11. 11 Throw Down Your Arms (4:14)
  12. 12 Untold Stories (3:44)
  13. 13 War (4:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sinéad O'Connor Primary Artist, Human Whistle
Pam Hall Background Vocals
Dalton Browne Rhythm Guitar, Background Vocals
Glen Browne Acoustic Guitar
Mikey Chung Guitar
Sly Dunbar Drums
Dean Fraser Saxophone
Robert Lyn Organ, Keyboards
David Madden Trumpet
Robbie Shakespeare Bass, Background Vocals
Katrina Harley Background Vocals
Keisha Patterson Background Vocals
Carroll "Bowie" McLaughlin Piano
Technical Credits
Carlton "Carly" Barrett Composer
Donovan Germain Composer
Peter Tosh Composer
Mark Myrie Composer
Sinéad O'Connor Whistle
Lee "Scratch" Perry Composer
Winston Rodney Composer
Cecil Skelly Spence Composer
Handel Tucker Composer
Roland McDermott Engineer
Glenroy Browne Composer
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