Faith and Courage

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Faith and Courage
Studio album by Sinéad O'Connor
Released 13 June 2000
Recorded 1999-2000
Genre Pop, Rock
Label Atlantic
Producer Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs
Scott Cutler
Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis
Brian Eno
Skip McDonald
Anne Preven
John Reynolds
Adrian Sherwood
David A. Stewart
Wyclef Jean
Sinéad O'Connor chronology
So Far... The Best of Sinéad O'Connor
(1997)
Faith and Courage
(2000)
Sean-Nós Nua
(2002)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (64/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [2]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [3]
LA Weekly (mixed) [4]
NME (5/10) [5]
Pitchfork Media (3.8/10) [6]
Robert Christgau (dud) [7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [8]
Slant Magazine 4.5/5 stars [9]
Spin (3/10) [1]
Wall of Sound (84/100) [10]

Faith and Courage is the fifth full-length album by Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor, released in 2000 on Atlantic Records. It was O'Connor's first release in three years, her previous album being the greatest hits package So Far... The Best of Sinéad O'Connor in 1997, plus it was her first studio album in six years.

O'Connor composed a majority of the tracks on Faith and Courage and production duties were shared by a variety of artists including Wyclef Jean, David A. Stewart, Brian Eno, Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs, Anne Preven and Scott Cutler among others.

The album sold 1,000,000 copies worldwide.

Reception[edit]

Faith and Courage placed on Slant Magazine's list of best albums of the 2000s at number 99.[11]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "The Healing Room"   O'Connor Sherwood, McDonald 5:35
2. "No Man's Woman"   O'Connor, Cutler, Preven Cutler, Preven 3:00
3. "Jealous"   O'Connor, Stewart Stewart 4:18
4. "Dancing Lessons"   O'Connor, Jean, Duplessis, Melky Jean, Cozier Jean, Duplessis 4:17
5. "Daddy I'm Fine"   O'Connor, Stewart Stewart 2:58
6. "'Til I Whisper U Something"   O'Connor, Stewart Stewart 6:08
7. "Hold Back the Night"   Robert Hodgens Stewart 4:11
8. "What Doesn't Belong To Me"   O'Connor Sherwood, McDonald 5:37
9. "The State I'm In"   Cutler, Preven Cutler, Preven 4:10
10. "The Lamb's Book of Life"   O'Connor, Briggs Briggs 4:56
11. "If U Ever"   O'Connor Sherwood, McDonald 4:24
12. "Emma's Song"   O'Connor Eno, Reynolds 3:20
13. "Kyrié Eléison"   Traditional, arranged by O'Connor/Sherwood/McDonald/Branch Sherwood, McDonald 2:45

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard 200 55
U.S Top Internet Albums 8
French Album Charts 27
Swiss Album Charts 19
Austrian Album Charts 21
Dutch Album Charts 46
Belgian Album Charts (Flanders) 20
Swedish Album Charts 59
Norwegian Album Charts 38
New Zealand Album Charts 33
Italian Album Charts 35

Personnel[edit]

  • Sinéad O'Connor - vocals, backing vocals
  • Skip McDonald - guitar, bass, keyboards
  • Carlton "Bubblers" Ogilvie - bass, reggae piano
  • Professor Stretch - drum programming, keyboards
  • Rusty Anderson - guitar
  • Scott Cutler - guitar
  • Paul Bushnell - bass
  • Scot Coogan - drums
  • Jeff Turzo - drum programming
  • David Campbell - strings arrangement, viola
  • Joel Derouin - violin
  • Larry Corbet - cello
  • Dave Stewart - guitar
  • John Reynolds - drums
  • Jah Wobble - bass
  • Kieran Kiely - low and high whistles
  • Caroline Dale - strings
  • Andy Wright - programming
  • Mark Price - programming
  • Blandinna Melky Jean - additional vocals on track 4
  • Chris Sharrock - drums
  • Chucko Merchan - additional bass on track 6
  • Little Roy - backing vocals on track 6
  • Zac Rae - keyboards
  • David Levita - keyboards
  • Anne Preven - backing vocals on track 9
  • Derek Scott - guitar
  • Lil John - drums
  • Karren Berz - orchestral arrangement
  • Simon Mundey - programming
  • Bonjo I Abinghi Noah - percussion

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Critic reviews at Metacritic". Metacritic.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Will Hermes on Jun 16, 2000 (2000-06-16). "Entertainment Weekly review". Ew.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  4. ^ LA Weekly review at the Wayback Machine (archived August 24, 2000)
  5. ^ "NME review". Nme.com. 2000-07-13. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  6. ^ "Pitchfork Media review". Pitchfork.com. 2000-07-31. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Sinéad O'Connor". Robert Christgau. 
  8. ^ Barry Walters (2000-06-22). "Rolling Stone review". Rollingstone.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  9. ^ "Slant Magazine review". Slantmagazine.com. Retrieved 2014-03-11. 
  10. ^ Wall of Sound review at the Wayback Machine (archived July 11, 2000)
  11. ^ Cinquemani, Sal. "Best of the Aughts: Albums". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 10 February 2010. 

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