She Who Dwells in the Secret Place of the Most
High Shall Abide Under the Shadow of the
LIVE, RARE TRACKS FILL O'CONNOR SWAN SONG
Billboard AUGUST 1, 2003 - by Barry A. Jeckell
In waving goodbye to a tumultuous music career, SinŽad
O'Connor will leave her mark with *She Who Dwells in the
Secret Place of the Most High Shall Abide Under the Shadow
of the Almighty*. Due Sept. 9 from Vanguard, the lengthily
titled set boasts one disc made up of rare and previously
unreleased studio material and a few new songs, and a second
with a concert performance captured in late 2002 in Dublin.
Disc one will feature 19 tracks, including three covers
produced by Brian Eno (U2, David Bowie). He was behind the
boards for O'Connor's take on a version of the Chips
Moman/Dan Penn song 'Do Right Woman, Do Right Man' (made
popular by Aretha Franklin) and Boudleaux Bryant's 'Love
Hurts'. Other covers include ABBA's "Chiquitita" and the
B-52's 'Ain't It a Shame'.
Proceeds from the track 'A Hundred Thousand Angels', a cover
of a song by the new age act Bliss, will be donated to the
charity Barnardos in conjunction with Ireland's Department
of Health and Children's Health Promotion Unit.
Among the previously unreleased cuts is a collaboration with
Massive Attack on the song 'It's All Good', by Irish folk
artist Damien Dempsey and Asian Dub Foundation on the cut
'1000 Mirrors'. O'Connor also teams up with reggae artist
Skip 'Little Axe' McDonald on 'My Love I Bring'. That track
was included on the 2002 On U Sound compilation
The second disc was recorded at the Dublin venue Vicar Street
on Oct. 26. The set touched on all aspects of O'Connor's
career, from the well-known 'Nothing Compares 2 U' and 'You
Made Me the Thief of Your Heart' to 'îro SŽ do Bheatha
'Bhaile' from last year's Vanguard album of traditional
Irish music, 'Sean-N—s Nua'.
'Goodnight, Thank You, You've Been a Lovely Audience', a
concert and documentary DVD due Aug. 26 via Eagle Vision,
will include the same track list as the live disc.
In a message posted in spring on her, O'Connor claimed she
had set at timetable to
from her career in music and her celebrity. "I would request
that as of July, since I seek no longer to be a 'famous'
person, and instead I wish to live a 'normal' life, could
people please afford me my privacy," she said.
As previously reported, O'Connor's version of 'Dagger Through
the Heart' will be featured on the Sugar Hill Records tribute
"Just Because I'm a Woman, Songs of Dolly Parton', due in