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

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How About I Be Me (and You Be You)?
Studio album by
Released20 February 2012 (2012-02-20)[1]
GenreAlternative rock
LabelShamrock Solutions Republic of Ireland
One Little Indian
ProducerJohn Reynolds
Sinéad O'Connor chronology
How About I Be Me (and You Be You)?
I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss
Alternative cover
European edition
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]

As of 2014, sales in the United States have exceeded 18,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. [7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[9]
Consequence of Sound3.5/5 stars[10]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[11]
The Guardian4/5 stars[12]
musicOMH4/5 stars[13]
NOW4/5 stars[14]
PopMatters7/10 stars[15]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[16]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars[17]

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".[16]

Track listing[edit]

1."4th and Vine"O'Connor, Reynolds, Adams3:58
2."Reason with Me"O'Connor, Smith4:02
3."Old Lady"O'Connor, Pirroni, Constantinou3:44
4."Take Off Your Shoes"O'Connor, Reynolds5:28
5."Back Where You Belong"O'Connor4:16
6."The Wolf Is Getting Married"O'Connor, Pirroni, Constantinou, O'Neill4:23
7."Queen of Denmark"John Grant4:37
8."Very Far From Home"O'Connor3:55
9."I Had a Baby"O'Connor, Pirroni, Constantinou, O'Neill4:11

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.

1."4th and Vine"3:50
3."The Lamb's Book of Life"5:34
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 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 - Guitar (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)