Theology (album)

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Theology
Theology (album) cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released18 June 2007
Recorded2006-2007
GenreRock
Length54:21
LabelRubyworks
Koch Records
ProducerSteve Cooney, Graham Bolger, Ron Tom, Sinéad O'Connor
Sinéad O'Connor chronology
Throw Down Your Arms
(2005)
Theology
(2007)
How About I Be Me (and You Be You)?
(2012)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic(50/100) [1]
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars [2]
The Austin Chronicle2/5 stars [3]
Hot Press(favorable) [4]
The Music Box4.5/5 stars [5]
The Observer3/5 stars [6]
PopMatters6/10 stars [7]
Rolling Stone1/5 stars [8]
Slant Magazine3/5 stars [9]
Spin(4/10) [10]
Uncut3/5 stars [1]

Theology is the eighth full-length album by Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor. It was released in 2007 on Rubyworks (and Koch Records in the US). The album consists of two discs, the acoustic "Dublin Sessions" and the full-band "London Sessions".

The first single from Theology is "I Don't Know How to Love Him" (an Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice song from Jesus Christ Superstar). In the issue dated 14 July 2007, the album entered the US Billboard 200 chart at number 168. The album also debuted in the top 20 of Billboard's Independent Albums list at number 15. First-week sales of the album in the US amounted to 4,700 units, while the record also charted in Ireland, France and Italy.

The album sold 375,000 copies worldwide.

Track listing[edit]

Disc one – Dublin Sessions[edit]

  1. "Something Beautiful" (O'Connor) – 5:29
  2. "We People Who Are Darker Than Blue" (Curtis Mayfield) – 3:56
  3. "Out of the Depths" (O'Connor) – 5:06
  4. "Dark I Am Yet Lovely" (O'Connor) – 4:11
  5. "If You Had a Vineyard" (O'Connor) – 6:18
  6. "Watcher of Men" (O'Connor, Tomlinson) – 2:34
  7. "33" (O'Connor, Tomlinson) – 2:33
  8. "The Glory of Jah" (O'Connor, Tomlinson) – 3:32
  9. "Whomsoever Dwells" (O'Connor, Tomlinson) – 2:53
  10. "Rivers of Babylon" (Dowe, McNaughton) – 3:39
  11. "Hosanna Filio David" (Traditional) – 0:44

Disc two – London Sessions[edit]

  1. "Something Beautiful" (O'Connor) – 5:15
  2. "We People Who Are Darker Than Blue" (Curtis Mayfield) – 4:25
  3. "Out of the Depths" (O'Connor) – 5:03
  4. "33" (O'Connor, Tomlinson) – 2:43
  5. "Dark I Am Yet Lovely" (O'Connor) – 3:31
  6. "I Don't Know How to Love Him" (Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tim Rice) – 4:13
  7. "If You Had a Vineyard" (O'Connor) – 6:34
  8. "The Glory of Jah" (O'Connor, Tomlinson) – 4:56
  9. "Watcher of Men" (O'Connor, Tomlinson) – 3:18
  10. "Whomsoever Dwells" (O'Connor, Tomlinson) – 5:34
  11. "Rivers of Babylon" (Dowe, McNaughton) – 4:28

The exclusive edition sold at Best Buy stores in the United States includes five additional live tracks, recorded at Dublin's Sugar Club on 8 November 2006. Two of these, "Something Beautiful" and "If You Had a Vineyard," were made available for download on O'Connor's MySpace page in early 2007.

  1. "Something Beautiful" – 6:02
  2. "If You Had a Vineyard" – 6:36
  3. "The Glory of Jah" – 3:51
  4. "Whomsoever Dwells" – 3:54
  5. "33" – 3:19

The Borders-exclusive edition includes three interviews.

Personnel[edit]

  • Sinéad O'Connor – vocals, guitar
  • Steve Cooney, Hawi, Ron Tom, Sam Cloth Shop – guitar
  • Mark Gilmour, Andrew Smith – guitar, bass guitar
  • Robbie Shakespeare – bass guitar
  • Don-E – guitar, bass guitar, piano
  • Toby Baker – piano
  • Camilla – harp
  • Julian Saxi, Neil Williams, Jonah O'Leary – violin
  • Duaba Tice, Natalie Azario – cello
  • Richard Baylis – French horn
  • Nathan Tice - flute
  • Bev, Chris Brown, Val – backing vocals
  • Speks, Matthew Phillips – drums, percussion
  • John Reynolds – drums and production assistance on "I Don't Know How To Love Him"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Poland Album Chart 30
UK Albums Chart 157
UK Indie Album Chart 15
US Billboard 200 168
US Independent Albums 15
Canadian Top 100 Alternative Albums 35
Irish Top 100 Albums 18
Italian Top 100 Albums 56
French Top 200 Albums 81
German Top 100 Albums 86
Polish Top 50 Albums 34

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