In describing I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss as “just an album of love songs”, as she did in a recent interview Sinéad O’Connor isn’t telling the half of it. The dominatrix-style latex dress and wig she’s wearing on the cover tell another story in their own right, but the photo and the music are part of a relationship narrative that finds her ablaze with indignation, lust and hopelessness. Though she maintains that only a few songs are autobiographical, it’s difficult to read the rest as fiction. There’s so much heavy emotional weather in tracks such as Where Have You Been? (“Eyes more frightening I’ve never seen/ What do they want with me?”) and Harbour (“A broken 14-year-old girl hasn’t been allowed to tell/ What actually happened in Hell”) that it’s dizzying, and troubling. If they are fiction, this is a triumph of storytelling.
This is the deluxe CD with 3 bonus tracks and hardback book packaging.