We have always had nothing but maximum respect for Sinéad O’ Connor, a beautiful soul and a brave and tender inspiration. We got the chance to work with her recently when she joined forces with the singular producer David Holmes, and, against a global backdrop of racism, greed, lies and dread, together recorded a version of ‘Trouble of the World’. Born out of slavery and emancipation, it is a gospel song which through time has been a source of strength and solace for the downtrodden and the oppressed. Sinéad understood that song and you can feel the pain and empathy in her voice. Truth and rights, brave and tender.
Rest in Peace Sinéad xx
Sinéad O'Connor marked her long-awaited return with this stunning interpretation of Trouble Of The World, a traditional song made famous by exalted gospel singer Mahalia Jackson. It follows the-ever-more pertinent Trouble Soon Be Over – her contribution to 2015’s 'Tribute To Blind Willie Johnson' compilation and once more exudes the heart and soul of this extraordinary performer.
Sympathetic to its origins, the heartfelt, evocative tones propel this impassioned rendition to the present its poignancy highlighted by a remarkable artist who leaves her own indelible mark on this topical realisation whilst realigning with a positive viewpoint.
In her own words, she explains; “for me the song isn’t about death or dying. More akin, a message of certainty that the human race is on a journey toward making this world paradise and that we will get there.”
The inspirational lyrical narrative that underpins Trouble Of The World unfortunately bears more relevance than ever today in the context of the death of George Floyd and the highlighting of the persistent racist
undercurrents that trouble mixed societies across the globe. Sinéad has also allocated all her profits as a donation to Black Live Matter charities which not only aid various causes but highlight the inconsistencies in society.
The song sees Sinead joining forces with renowned producer David Holmes, and recorded in Belfast, Northern Ireland at the easing of the lockdown it shares an uncanny albeit eerie symmetry with our new trouble of the world backdrop and once again Sinéad awakes our souls to the ironies and similarities of our collective past and present. The pair have created a sonic tonic and shout out to the powers that be as a voice of the people still questioning all-too-frequent events such as witnessed over the past few months that ensue decades since the nascent birth of the civil rights movement in the United States.
Embodying a voice with beauty and innocence, a spirit part punk, part mystic with a combined fearlessness and gentle authenticity - unique, uncompromising, a pioneer, a visionary, just some of the descriptions that perhaps merely touch the surface of Sinéad O’Connor.
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My favorite artists are ones who aren't afraid to try something completely different. I hear Charles Stepney, David Axelrod's Earth Rot, Steve Reich, Penguin Cafe Orchestra and others in this, but it's undeniably Sault in the end. As usual, probably my favorite album of the year. mackro
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Like so many others, this came like a bolt out of the blue and, even though it's well before payday, I had to have this astonishing album on vinyl to prove it exists. The feel of the tunes makes me feel like the Impressions do, Curtis Mayfield, the big spaces and instinctive horns and stuff drifting in and out. Great grooves and I can see lots of ghosts nodding along to this with big smiles on their faces. At last! Anthony Cottrell