Am I Not Your Girl?

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Am I Not Your Girl?
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Studio album by Sinéad O'Connor
Released 22 September 1992
Recorded National Edison Studios
Genre Jazz
Length 47:38
Label Ensign/Chrysalis
Producer Phil Ramone and Sinéad O'Connor
Sinéad O'Connor chronology
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
(1990)
Am I Not Your Girl?
(1992)
Universal Mother
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly A− [2]
People (unfavorable)[3]
Robert Christgau B [4]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [5]

Am I Not Your Girl? is the third album by Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor and the follow-up to the hugely successful I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got. It is a collection of covers of mostly jazz standards, which Sinéad describes as "the songs I grew up listening to [and] that made me want to be a singer".[6] The album title comes from the song "Success Has Made a Failure of Our Home".

The album is dedicated to the people of New York City and especially the homeless whom Sinéad met at St. Mark's Place.[6]

The album did not gain much critical acclaim, perhaps because Sinéad had become a major artist in the modern pop genre due to her previous album I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got and this album was composed of songs written from 1936 to 1978. This, coupled with the Garden State Arts Center controversy and an introduction in the album in which she mentions sexual abuse, addiction, emotional abuse, and asks "Où est le roi perdu? [translation: "Where is the lost king?"] If you're out there—I want to see you.",[6] led to Sinéad losing much of the commercial momentum her career had built up until then.

The album sold 1,500,000 copies worldwide.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Why Don't You Do Right?" Joe McCoy 2:30
2. "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers 6:15
3. "Secret Love" Sammy Fain, Paul Francis Webster 2:56
4. "Black Coffee" Sonny Burke, Paul Francis Webster 3:21
5. "Success Has Made a Failure of Our Home" Johnny Mullins 4:29
6. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice 5:39
7. "I Want to Be Loved by You" Bert Kalmar, Harry Ruby, Herbert Stothart 2:45
8. "Gloomy Sunday" László Jávor, Sam L. Lewis, Rezső Seress 3:56
9. "Love Letters" Edward Heyman, Victor Young 3:07
10. "How Insensitive" Vinicius de Moraes, Norman Gimbel, Antonio Carlos Jobim 3:28
11. "Scarlet Ribbons" Evelyn Danzig, Jack Segal 4:14
12. "Don't Cry for Me Argentina" (instrumental) Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice 5:10
Hidden track Personal message about pain (Jesus and the Money Changers) O'Connor 2:00

Japanese Release[edit]

Some copies of the original Japanese release of this album include three additional bonus tracks: "My Heart Belongs to Daddy", "Almost in Your Arms" and "Fly Me to the Moon." These songs only appear on some Japanese copies and are quite rare to find.

Personnel[edit]

  • Sinéad O'Connor - vocals
  • Ira Siegel - guitar
  • David Finck - bass
  • David LeBolt - synthesizer
  • Richard Tee - piano
  • Chris Parker - drums
  • John Reynolds - drums on "Success Has Made a Failure of Our Home"
  • Gloria Agostini - harp
  • Jerry O'Sullivan - bagpipes on "Scarlet Ribbons"
  • Joanie Madden - tin whistle on "Scarlet Ribbons"
  • Gerry Niewood, Ted Nash - tenor saxophone, clarinet
  • Dave Tofani, Dennis Anderson - alto saxophone, flute
  • Ronnie Cuber - baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
  • Alan Rubin, Brian O'Flaherty, Joe Shepley, Lew Soloff, Robert Millikan - trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Birch Johnson, Jim Pugh, Keith O'Quinn, Kim Allan Cissel - trombone
  • George Flynn - bass trombone
  • Dave Braynard - tuba
  • Charles McCracken, Fred Zlotkin, Richard Locker - cello
  • Shelly Woodworth - English horn, oboe
  • Bob Carlisle, Fred Griffin, John Clark - French horn
  • Alan Martin, Arnold Eidus, Barry Finclair, Charles Libove, Donna Tecco, Elena Barere, Gerald Tarack, Jan Mullen, John Pintavalle, Laura Seaton, Marti Sweet, Matthew Raimondi, Nancy McAlhany, Richard Sortomme - violin
  • Jesse Levine, Julien Barber, Lamar Alsop - viola
  • David Nadien - concertmaster, violin
  • Torrie Zito - arranger, conductor
  • Patrick Williams - arrangement on "Why Don't You Do Right?"
  • Rob Mounsey - arranger, conductor on "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered" and "How Insensitive"
  • Doug Katsaros - arranger, conductor on "Success Has Made a Failure of Our Home"
  • Sid Ramin - arranger, conductor on "I Want To Be Loved By You"

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[7] 6
US Billboard 200[8] 27

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