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MUSIC: Gloria Estefan (Over)Reaches For Gay-Diva Status. Plus: New Music From Will Young, Sinead O’Connor

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I really haven’t been paying attention to Sinead O’Connor’s recent bonkers behavior. There was something about anal sex and an online personal ad and a brief marriage and a suicide attempt, right?
Actually I’m pretty glad that I know as little as possible about O’Connor’s personal life, because it would have colored my opinion of her new album, How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?—and that would have been a shame.

Instead, I heard this bona fide comeback divorced of context and I’m telling you, it’s amazing.

How About I Be Me is at turns moody and uplifting—totally catchy and accessible, yet with genuinely odd and intense moments. It’s a stunner. And the first single, “The Wolf is Getting Married,” is just the tip of the iceberg.

 

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By:           JOHN RUSSELL
On:           Feb 21, 2012
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  • 5 Comments
    • Tee
      Tee

      Absolutely adore Will Young. He’s huge in the UK, but undiscovered here. Love the new single and video.

      I think my favorite from him is his second album, “Friday’s Child”, which is 5X Platinum in the UK. Some beautifully soulful ballads between it and its various single-only bonus tracks. “Leave Right Now” is great, but also try “Your Game”, “Very Kind” (which Young co-wrote with Robin Thicke) and “Free” from the album. Then try and hunt down “Cry”, “Take Control”, “Down” and “Your Game” (Acoustic Gospel Version).

      He also did a plucky cover of Jackie Wilson’s “I Get The Sweetest Feeling” and a wistful ballad version of OutKast’s “Hey Ya!”.

      I found it refreshing that—unlike most artists—he came out during the run of his very first single, before he’d even finished recording his debut album. Equally refreshing that the British record-buying public gave him three consecutive number-one singles (nine consecutive top-five singles) and three number-one albums after doing so.

      I can’t help but think that’s a large part of the reason he’s barely been a blip in the U.S.—U.S. record companies still can’t bear to market a male pop singer who happens to be gay.

      Feb 21, 2012 at 8:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Caspar
      Caspar

      I’m surprised Will hasn’t released more in the US! Leave Right Now was massive here, but he’s had a couple of albums since then. His new one is my favourite yet, and all the singles have done fairly well here. Has the album been released in the US?

      Feb 21, 2012 at 9:08 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dsp
      dsp

      Love Will Young; love his music.

      Love, love, love Gloria Estefan; the song…meh, sorry Gloria. Still love y a though.

      Sinead..not too much love from me to you but love the song.

      Feb 21, 2012 at 11:16 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • James
      James

      Gloria. Just STOP! Even in the Latin community people think you’re annoying.

      Feb 21, 2012 at 2:40 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • shannon
      shannon

      PLEASE TELL THIS OLD ABUELA TO GO SIT DOWN SOME DAMN WHERE….

      Feb 21, 2012 at 11:14 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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