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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