ultimate guide to the new
highly anticipated new album is her first full length release since 1994’s
critically acclaimed Universal Mother. O’Connor has contributed to many
albums by other artists and numerous compilations during the past six years.
She also released an EP titled Gospel Oak in 1997, followed by a best of
album and a single. That year, after her long time label Chrysalis/EMI
closed its doors, she signed a special long term contact with Atlantic
Records. Sinéad is known to be working on this album since 1998.
The album was originally
scheduled for a 1998 release, but for mostly personal reasons on Sinéad’s
side, it didn’t get released that year. 1999 didn’t see its release, either
– though again it was reported on many sources that the album would be
out in the summer of that year. At the beginning of this year, the release
date of the album was announced as May 23, but shortly afterwards it was
postponed to June 6. Finally, the relase date was re-scheduled as June
13, which turned out to be the actual date for the US and most of the other
countries. UK saw the release one day earlier, on June 12.
The Healing Room
No Man's Woman
Daddy I'm Fine
Til I Whisper U Something
Hold Back The Night
What Doesn't Belong To
The State I'm In
The Lamb's Book Of Life
If U Ever
Japanese and Australian versions
of Faith and Courage contain a bonus track at number 14:
Emma's Song (Adrian Sherwood
Check out Atlantic's
Official Sinéad Site for sound clips and videos!
There are also the following
song titles registered under the name Sinéad O’Connor in BMI,
an online database of copyrights, writers and singers. The titles are on
BMI since 1997, and none took place in the Gospel Oak EP, so it’s doubtful
weather they will even appear as b-sides.
All I Want
Calling Me Princess
Children Of Lir
Everything Comes From
Last Saturday Night
Seal In Your Heart
Sit Easy Beside Me
Speak And Spell
Stop Sending Me Love
Besides these songs, the
following number was performed live in some concerts circa 1998:
Diana (aka Bridget A
Diana) written for the late Princess Diana.
There has been some titles
going around for the last three years, all of which took place in magazine
and newspaper articles, and were never officially announced. They are as
1997: Green On Black
1999: I Thought You Were
2000: Full Circle
The final title for O’Connor’s
new release is:
Faith and Courage
O’Connor started recording
her new album in 1998 with Dave Stewart as the producer. Stewart is best
known for his legendary duo with Annie Lennox, Eurythmics. He’s also a
noted producer and has a London based studio called The Church, in which
artists as diverse as The Cure, Jon Bon Jovi, Erasure, Manic Street Preachers,
Nick Cave, Texas, Chrissie Hynde, Pet Shop Boys and Supergrass recorded.
Scott Cutler and Anne
Cutler and Preven are responsible
for Natalie Imburglia's smash hit Torn. They are members of a former
band called Ednaswap. The State I'm In, a song on Faith and Courage,
is written by the duo and originally an Ednaswap song.
Producer for Primal Sream,
Depeche Mode and Bim Sherman. Sherwood is the leading producer of the On
U-Sound team, an experimental reggae project.
A famous guitarist, McDonald
worked with Bomb The Bass, Bim Sherman, Adrian Sherwood, Alan Branch and
After the multi-platinum
Fugees album The Score, each three members of the successful hip-hop
band leaned more on solo projects. Jean also produced for many artist and
released a solo album in 1997. One of his most recent work include production
for Whitney Houston and Santana.
Kevin “She'kspere” Briggs
One of the top R&B producers
nowadays, Briggs produced and co-wrote many number one songs, among which
are Destiny Child’s Bills, Bills, Bills and TLC’s No Scrubs.
He also appears on the new Mariah Carey album with a song titled X-Girlfriend.
Shortly after Stewart, the
ambient genius Brian Eno also got involved in the the new O’Connor album.
U2 and James are among the most known examples of Eno’s skills.
O’Connor ex-husband and
long time friend Reynolds co-produced and co-wrote her previous album Universal
Mother. Reynolds also produced all the tracks from 1997’s Gospel Oak EP.
Indigo Girl’s latest album is among the projects he took place recently.
Branch is also involved
in engineering of the new O’Connor album. Icelandic phenomenon Björk
is among the artists who benefited from Branch’s skills.
Reggae/dub singer Bim Sherman
is responsible for the spoken-words on Kyrié Eléison. Sherman
lost a long and courageous battle with throat cancer in 2000, a few months
after the album came out.
Howes mixed and engineered
some tracks from Faith and Courage. All Saints, Texas, Eurythmics and Faithless
are among the artists he worked with before.
The following names were
mentioned in articles, but their contributions didn't make it into the
trio Massive Attack and the R&B band All Saints are among the artists
McVey worked with previously.
The success of Madonna’s
previous album Ray Of Light made Orbit very famous and a sought-after producer.
He worked with the British band Blur afterwards, in their sixth album,
13. O’Connor’s collaboration with Orbit –who worked on the new Madonna
and All Saints albums– is believed to have been unfruitful.
A noted producer and keyboard
player, DeVries appeared on all Bjork albums and he also worked with Madonna
on her last two albums. Annie Lennox, Neil Finn, Howie B and Nellee Hooper
are among the artists he collaborated with. DeVries's collaboration with
Sinéad appears as a b-side on the Jealous single, Summer's
Here's an early press release
from Atlantic Records:
Sinéad O'Connor has
been a revolutionary force in popular music for more
than a decade and now Atlantic
Records is proud to release an extraordinary
new work from the acclaimed
and always outspoken artist. “Faith and Courage”
-O'Connor's highly anticipated
label debut and the first all new, full-length
album in six years- is a
strikingly expressive collection of songs that
transverse the human experience,
touching on such universals as love and
lust, respect and responsibly,
strength and spirit.
From the anthemic self-determination
of the albums first single, "No Man's
Woman," to the evocative
and poignant "Summer's End," O'Connor blends edgy
pop, space-age electronica,
and street-smart R&B into her own special sonic
brew. Sinead is an
artist who has always avoided being trapped by musical
boundaries and on "Faith
and Courage" she is assisted in her musical journey by
a breath-taking lineup of
producer/artist, including Eurythemics' Dave
Stewart; Brian Eno and John
Reynolds; Wyclef Jean; On Your Sound's Adrian
Sherwood and Skip MacDonald;
Marius deVries (Madonna, Bjork) and Ashtar
Command; Ednaswap's Scott
Cutler and Ann Preven; and Kevin "She'kspere"
Briggs (Mariah Carey, TLC,
Destiny's Child). With O'Conners magnificent voice
and vision ringing clearly
thoughout, “Faith and Courage” is a vibrant,
passionate, and unique as
the women whose name it bears.
Man's Woman (Album Version)
Is A Rebel Song (Remix / Non-Album Bonus Track)
Mantle So Green (Non-Album Bonus Track)
The first single off the
album is No Man’s Woman, which enjoyed an extensive airplay worldwide.
Check the video on instavid.com.
Jealous is the second
single off the album, and was released troughout Europe on September 29,
with the catalogue number 7567-84889-2. The tracklisting is as follows:
Jealous (Album Version)
Summer's End (Non-Album
this version differs to
the one on The Avengers OST.
Full Circle (Non-Album
Check the video on instavid.com.
updated February 10