Review of I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss by Sinead O’Connor
Sinead O’Connor is back. The shaven headed, diminutive irish songstress will perhaps always be best remembered for her huge hit Nothin Compares 2 U, written by music legend Prince. In that track she exposed what seemed like a vulnerability and shyness, backed by the stripped back video, where her beauty shone through. That despite some critics slating her for her look, which was unheard of at the time for a female performer.
How times have changed. Sinead is still a great singer and she hasn’t lost any of her looks. However, there is no hint of vulnerability or shy undertones anymore. Sinead O’Connor has become one of the most outspoken women in music. With a view on everything it seems, including how Miley Cyrus, exploits herself and sends out negative messages about women, through to the state of the industry itself. She has even advertised for a lover on Twitter. Sinead has a voice and damn it, you are going to hear her, whether you like it or not.
Well this time, Sinead is letting her music do the talking, in the form of her new album I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss. The title itself is a mini expose on her character and how she sees herself, but does the album’s content follow through?
Well, the flow of the album is far removed from the insecurity of the video for her massive hit. This is swapped for a confident and almost masculine collection of pop tracks, providing a string of great lyrics and soundbites about love. The album contains a number of outside influences, but Sinead herself admits that its content is swayed by Chicago Blues and counts Buddy Guy among the influences.
Whilst the above paragraph feels a bit like a contradiction, love, masculine, pop etc, it simply isn’t. Sinead balances this beautifully. On the album she openly talks about how she yearns for somebody special to partner with, experience a connection like no other, create an almost spiritual bond. Yet on the other hand, she also openly views the physical side as important an inspirational. This seemingly awkward contradiction could also be seen on the album cover, where Sinead O’Connor looks every bit the airbrushed pop star, with long flowing hair, skinny tight jacket and flawless skin. As a youngster, you may not realise you are getting a fiery, shaven headed, irish minx.
The opening track from I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss, explores this physical side, setting the tone from the outset. “I wanna make love like a real, full woman, every day”. Now this opener How About I Be Me (And You Be You) could be confused for her latest Twitter ad or a tilt at Tinder, but this is where the contradiction comes in.
On tracks such as Dense Water Deeper Down and Your Green Jacket explore the much more sensitive side and goes under the skin of the emotion, intrigue and poignancy centred around love. I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss has such a personal connection from Sinead O’Connor in its make-up it has an almost diary feel to it.
However, Sinead herself admits to creating some characters to help make up the album and to not think the content is purely autobiographical. Perhaps, therein lies the beauty of the concept. A deeply emotional and telling view of love and feelings, to a largely spiritual and deep level. Mixed with honest views on the more gritty nature of the conundrum, with lyrics about sex and partying. All in all, you could just say, that in one album, Sinead O’Connor has captured all there is to talk about in relationships.
Regardless of its meaning or ability to provide a social commentary. I’m Not Bossy, I’m The Boss is a great collection of meaningful pop songs. There are some tracks that you will listen to and relate to. There are some that will just make you feel good. One thing is for certain though. Sinead O’Connor has created one hell of a brilliant album. You must go and listen.