I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

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I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
Studio album by Sinéad O'Connor
Released March 1990
Recorded 1989
Genre Alternative rock, pop rock
Length 51:09
Label Ensign, Chrysalis
Producer
Sinéad O'Connor chronology
  • I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
  • (1990)
Singles from I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
  1. "Jump in the River"
    Released: 13 September 1989
  2. "Nothing Compares 2 U"
    Released: 21 March 1990
  3. "The Emperor's New Clothes"
    Released: 5 June 1990
  4. "Three Babies"
    Released: 17 December 1990
Sinéad O'Connor's version of "Nothing Compares 2 U" from I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

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I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got is the second album by Sinéad O'Connor. It was released in March 1990 on Chrysalis Records.

Background[edit]

The critically acclaimed album contains her most famous single, "Nothing Compares 2 U", and was one of the best selling records in the world in 1990, topping the charts in many countries, including the US, UK, and Canada. The single "Emperor's New Clothes" found more moderate success, although it did top the Modern Rock Tracks chart in the US.

The album includes O'Connor's rendition of "I Am Stretched on Your Grave", an anonymous 17th century poem, originally written in Irish and translated into English by Philip King. According to the liner notes the poem was written by O'Connor's grandfather, Frank O'Connor.[citation needed] The first song, "Feels So Different", starts with The Serenity Prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr.

The inner sleeve notes acknowledge Kabbalah teacher, Warren Kenton: "Special thanks to Selina Marshall + Warren Kenton for showing me that all I'd need was inside me."

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A[2]
Pitchfork Media (7.8/10) [3]
Q 4/5 stars[4]
Record Collector 4/5 stars[4]
Robert Christgau B+[5]
Rolling Stone 4.5/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars[7]

The album was nominated for four Grammy Awards in 1991, winning the award for Best Alternative Music Performance. O'Connor refused to accept the nominations and the award.[8]

In 2003, the album was ranked number 406 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[9]

The album sold 7 million copies worldwide.

In 2009, the release of a deluxe anniversary edition of the album was announced, with an extra CD of unreleased tracks, B-sides and hard-to-find mixes.

Track listing[edit]

I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got – Standard version
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Feel So Different"   Sinéad O'Connor 6:47
2. "I Am Stretched on Your Grave"  
5:33
3. "Three Babies"   O'Connor 4:47
4. "The Emperor's New Clothes"   O'Connor 5:16
5. "Black Boys on Mopeds"   O'Connor 3:53
6. "Nothing Compares 2 U"   Prince 5:10
7. "Jump in the River"  
4:12
8. "You Cause as Much Sorrow"   O'Connor 5:04
9. "The Last Day of Our Acquaintance"   O'Connor 4:40
10. "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got"   O'Connor 5:47
Total length:
51:09

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Sinéad O'Connor: vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, keyboards, percussion, drum programming, arranger, producer, string arrangements

Charts[edit]

Chart Date Peak
position
Certification Sales
UK Albums Chart[10] March 1990 1 2× Platinum[11] 600,000
U.S. Billboard 200[12] 28 April 1990 1 2× Platinum[13] 2,000,000
Switzerland[14] 25 March 1990 1  
Austria[15] 25 March 1990 1  
Canada[16] 21 April 1990 1 5× Platinum[13] 500,000


References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic Review
  2. ^ Sandow, Greg (1990-03-16). "I Do not Want What I Haven't Got Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  3. ^ Richardson, Mark (2009-04-24). "Sinéad O'Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (Limited Edition)". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  4. ^ a b "Sinead O'Connor - I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2012-01-03. 
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Sinéad O'Connor". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  6. ^ Mikal Gilmore (1997-01-22). "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  7. ^ Sal Cinquemani (2003-10-03). "Sinéad O'Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  8. ^ CBSnews.com "Sinead Sings And Speaks Her Mind" Accessed: 3 December 2006
  9. ^ "#406 I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" 1 November 2003. Retrieved 2 December 2009.
  10. ^ EveryHit.co.uk UK Top 40 database Accessed: 3 December 2006
  11. ^ [1]
  12. ^ Billboard.com Sinead O'Connor album chart history Accessed: 3 December 2006
  13. ^ a b [2]
  14. ^ SwissCharts.com I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got page Accessed: 3 December 2006
  15. ^ AustrianCharts.at I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got page Accessed: 3 December 2006
  16. ^ RPM

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