How About I Be Me (and You Be You)?

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How About I Be Me (and You Be You)?
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Studio album by Sinéad O'Connor
Released 20 February 2012 (2012-02-20)[1]
Recorded 2007-2011
Genre Rock
Length 44:59
Label Shamrock Solutions Republic of Ireland
One Little Indian
Producer John Reynolds
Sinéad O'Connor chronology
Theology
(2007)
How About I Be Me (and You Be You)?
(2012)
I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss
(2014)
Alternative cover
European edition
Singles from How About I Be Me (and You Be You)?
  1. "The Wolf Is Getting Married"
    Released: 27 February 2012
  2. "4th and Vine"
    Released: 18 February 2013
  3. "Old Lady"
    Released: 27 May 2013

How About I Be Me (and You Be You)? is the ninth full-length album by Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O'Connor released in Ireland on 2 March 2012 on Shamrock Solutions and 5 March 2012 in the United Kingdom on One Little Indian.[2][3] The first single "The Wolf Is Getting Married" was released on 24 February in Ireland and got to number 40 for one week,[4] accompanied by a video directed by Roman Rappak, lead singer of Breton.[5]

The second single "4th and Vine" was released on 18 February 2013, accompanied by a video directed by Kathryn Ferguson. In 2013 O'Connor announced a European tour in support for the album, called The Crazy Baldhead Tour.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 75/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[8]
Consequence of Sound 3.5/5 stars[9]
Entertainment Weekly B+[10]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[11]
musicOMH 4/5 stars[12]
NOW 4/5 stars[13]
Pitchfork (7.6/10)[17]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[14]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[15]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[16]

Will Hermes of the magazine Rolling Stone graded the album with three out of five stars and found, "empathy, wit and beauty on... [the] focused LP".[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "4th and Vine" O'Connor, Reynolds, Adams 3:58
2. "Reason with Me" O'Connor, Smith 4:02
3. "Old Lady" O'Connor, Pirroni, Constantinou 3:44
4. "Take Off Your Shoes" O'Connor, Reynolds 5:28
5. "Back Where You Belong" O'Connor 4:16
6. "The Wolf Is Getting Married" O'Connor, Pirroni, Constantinou, O'Neill 4:23
7. "Queen of Denmark" John Grant 4:37
8. "Very Far From Home" O'Connor 3:55
9. "I Had a Baby" O'Connor, Pirroni, Constantinou, O'Neill 4:11
10. "V.I.P." O'Connor 6:36

Live album - Limited special edition

This live album was recorded in three different concerts. Songs 1 to 4 at Dublin Olympia Theatre (Dublin), December 18, 2011; songs 5 to 8 at Frikirkjan Church (Reykjavík), October 14, 2011 (during Iceland Airwaves '11); songs 9 to 12 at St. John at Hackney (London), November 2, 2011.

No. Title Length
1. "4th and Vine" 3:50
2. "V.I.P." 7:33
3. "The Lamb's Book of Life" 5:34
4. "Jackie" 2:56
5. "Black Boys on Mopeds" 3:57
6. "This Is a Rebel Song" 3:46
7. "Three Babies" 4:46
8. "Nothing Compares 2 U" 5:43
9. "Old Lady" 3:41
10. "Reason with Me" 3:22
11. "I Am Stretched on Your Grave" 5:20
12. "Last Day of Our Acquaintance" 4:40

Personnel[edit]

Personnel Live Album[edit]

  • Sinéad O'Connor - Guitar (Tracks 5-8)
  • Kieran Kiely - Musical Director / Keyboards / Guitar / Accordion / Low Whistle
  • Ash Soan - Drums (Tracks 1-4)
  • Yolanda Charles - Bass Guitar / Backing Vocals (Tracks 1-4 & 9-12)
  • Dave Randall - Guitars (Tracks 1-4 & 9-12)
  • Rachael Wood - Guitar / Backing Vocals (Tracks 1-4 & 9-12)
  • Steve Barney - Drums (Tracks 9-12)
  • Bill Shanley - Guitar (Tracks 5-8)
  • Rachael Dawson - Cello on track 10 / Backing Vocals on track 9
  • Roisín Waters - Backing Vocals (Tracks 1-4)

Charts[edit]