Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Theology

Magazine article U.S. Catholic

Theology

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THEOLOGY Sinead O'Connor (Koch Records, 2007)

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An album of biblical psalms and prophecies might be the last thing you'd expect from the Irish pop singer Sinead O'Connor. She's still best known as the singer who, during a 1992 Saturday Night Live appearance, tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II to protest clergy sexual abuse.

But if you can trust the tale while remaining skeptical of the teller, then Theology presents the most compelling explicitly religious album by a mainstream pop star since Bob Dylan went "Christian" back in 1979. As Bono once noted, the really interesting rock artists are all " ... either running toward God or away from God. Both recognize ... that God is at the center" Over the course of her career, O'Connor has often seemed to be running in both directions at once.

A few years ago O'Connor emerged from semi-retirement with Throw Down Your Arms, an album of reggae covers, and there's still a whiff of Rastafarianism hovering over Theology. …

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