SINÉAD O'CONNOR / How About I Be Me (and You Be You) (2012)
There's always been a duality of strength and vulnerability in Sinéad's work. It's still apparent here, but there's a lot of beauty, too, even when she's being her bat-shit crazy, angry, bipolar self. If you ignore the awful lyrics and religious ranting and instead let the music wash over you, then it's an oddly uplifting experience; it sounds almost hopeful. The melodies are back on equal footing with her voice, and when the quiet, reflective moments transition into powerful, emotion-filled Pop songs, it's clear that she's perhaps delivered her best original album in years.