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

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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5 Comments

  • 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.

  • 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?

  • 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.

  • James

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

  • shannon

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

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