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 elevate into powerful pop songs full of emotion it’s clear that she's delivered perhaps her best original album in years.