I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got

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I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
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Studio album by Sinéad O'Connor
Released March 20, 1990
Recorded 1988-89
Genre
Length 51:09
Label
Producer
Sinéad O'Connor chronology
The Lion and the Cobra
(1987)The Lion and the Cobra1987
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
(1990)
Am I Not Your Girl?
(1992)Am I Not Your Girl?1992
Singles from I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
  1. "Jump in the River"
    Released: October 1988[3]
  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

I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got is the second album by Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor, released in March 1990 on Ensign/Chrysalis Records. It contains O'Connor's version of the Prince song "Nothing Compares 2 U", which was released as a single and reached number one in multiple countries. The album was nominated for four Grammy Awards in 1991, including Record of the Year, Best Female Pop Vocal Performance, and Best Music Video, Short Form for "Nothing Compares 2 U", winning the award for Best Alternative Music Performance. However, O'Connor refused to accept the nominations and award.[4]

Content[edit]

The critically acclaimed album contains O'Connor's most famous single, "Nothing Compares 2 U", which was one of the best selling singles in the world in 1990, topping the charts in many countries including the United States, United Kingdom and Canada. This rendition of the Prince song reflected on O'Connor's mother who lost her life in an auto accident five years earlier.[5][6] 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 Frank O'Connor and composed by musician Philip King in 1979.[7][8] The first song on the album, "Feel 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
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer GuideB+[9]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[10]
Entertainment WeeklyA[2]
Los Angeles Times4/5 stars[11]
NME8/10[12]
Pitchfork7.8/10[13]
Q4/5 stars[14]
Rolling Stone4.5/5 stars[15]
Slant Magazine4.5/5 stars[16]

I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got received critical acclaim. In 2003, the album was ranked number 406 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.[17]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Sinéad O'Connor, except where noted.

I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got – Standard edition[18]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Feel So Different" 6:47
2."I Am Stretched on Your Grave"
5:33
3."Three Babies" 4:47
4."The Emperor's New Clothes" 5:16
5."Black Boys on Mopeds" 3:53
6."Nothing Compares 2 U"Prince5:10
7."Jump in the River"
4:12
8."You Cause as Much Sorrow" 5:04
9."The Last Day of Our Acquaintance" 4:40
10."I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" 5:47
Total length:51:09

Personnel[edit]

Technical
  • Nellee Hooper – producer
  • Chris Birkett, Sean Devitt – producers, engineers
  • Dave Hoffman, Dominique Leringoleur – photography
  • John Maybury – cover design

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[20] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[21] 5× Platinum 500,000^
France (SNEP)[22] Platinum 397,100[23]*
Germany (BVMI)[24] Platinum 500,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[25] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[28] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^
Worldwide (IFPI) N/A 7,000,000[29]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Huey, Steve. "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got – Sinéad O'Connor". AllMusic. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b Sandow, Greg (16 March 1990). "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.45cat.com/record/eny618
  4. ^ CBSnews.com "Sinead Sings And Speaks Her Mind" Accessed: 11 September 2016
  5. ^ Stafford, James. "25 Years Ago: Sinead O'Connor Releases 'I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got'". Diffuser.fm. Retrieved 4 April 2016. So a lot of the songs on this record were really about her. Even the f–ng title I got from having a dream about her, and in this dream she said to me, "I do not want what I haven't got." In my mind, even 'Nothing Compares 2 U' was me thinking about her ...'Feel So Different' was a song about my mother. 'I Am Stretched On Your Grave' speaks for itself really [she laughs bleakly] ...'You Cause As Much Sorrow' was about my mother ... 
  6. ^ http://www.pauldunoyer.com/pages/journalism/journalism_item.asp?journalismID=260
  7. ^ O'Connor, Frank (trans). "I am Stretched on Your Grave". Lucy, Seán, (ed). Love Poems of the Irish, Cork: Mercier, 1967
  8. ^ Sleeve notes to 1979 Album Scullion
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Sinéad O'Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. 
  10. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  11. ^ Willman, Chris (18 March 1990). "Sinead O'Connor 'I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got' Chrysalis". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 5 October 2015. 
  12. ^ Quantick, David (1990). "Sinead O'Connor – I Do not Want What I Haven't Got". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 9 July 2015. 
  13. ^ Richardson, Mark (24 April 2009). "Sinéad O'Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (Limited Edition)". Pitchfork. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  14. ^ Sandall, Robert (April 1990). "Sinéad O'Connor: I Do Not Want What I Have Not Got". Q (43). 
  15. ^ Gilmore, Mikal (22 March 1990). "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  16. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (3 October 2003). "Sinéad O'Connor: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 12 December 2011. 
  17. ^ "#406 I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got" "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time" 1 November 2003. Retrieved 2 December 2009.
  18. ^ "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got by Sinead O'Connor on iTunes". iTunes Store. United States: Apple Inc. 4 April 2016. Archived from the original on 20 April 2016. 
  19. ^ "I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (Special Edition) by Sinead O'Connor on iTunes". iTunes Store. United States: Apple Inc. 4 April 2016. Archived from the original on 20 April 2016. 
  20. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Sinead Oconnor – I do not want what I haven't got" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Sinead Oconnor in the field Interpret. Enter I do not want what I haven't got in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Sinead Oconnor – I do not want what I haven't got". Music Canada. 
  22. ^ "French album certifications – Sinead Oconnor – I do not want what I haven't got" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  23. ^ https://www.infodisc.fr/Ventes_Albums_Tout_Temps.php?debut=850
  24. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Sinead Oconnor; 'I do not want what I haven't got')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  25. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Sinead Oconnor – I do not want what I haven't got" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España.  Select album under "Chart", enter 1990 in the field "Year". Select '' in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts"
  26. ^ Sólo Éxitos 1959–2002 Año A Año: Certificados 1979–1990 (in Spanish), Iberautor Promociones Culturales, ISBN 8480486392, retrieved 25 April 2018 
  27. ^ "British album certifications – Sinead Oconnor – I do not want what I haven't got". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Enter I do not want what I haven't got in the search field and then press Enter.
  28. ^ "American album certifications – Sinead Oconnor – I do not want what I haven't got". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  29. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/11007782/Sinead-OConnor-Live-with-the-devil-and-you-find-theres-a-God.html