Universal Mother

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Universal Mother
Studio album by Sinéad O'Connor
Released 13 September 1994
Genre Rock
Length 52:50
Label Ensign/Chrysalis
Producer Sinéad O'Connor, John Reynolds, Tim Simenon, Phil Coulter
Sinéad O'Connor chronology
Am I Not Your Girl?
(1992)Am I Not Your Girl?1992
Universal Mother
Gospel Oak EP
(1997)Gospel Oak EP1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Q4/5 stars[3]
Robert ChristgauB−[4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]

Universal Mother is the fourth album by Irish singer Sinéad O'Connor. It was released in 1994 and sold 1.5 million copies worldwide.

Track listing[edit]

1."Germaine"Germaine Greer 0:38
2."Fire on Babylon"O'Connor, ReynoldsO'Connor, Reynolds, Simenon5:11
3."John I Love You"O'ConnorO'Connor, Reynolds, Coulter5:31
4."My Darling Child"O'ConnorO'Connor, Reynolds, Coulter3:09
5."Am I a Human?"Jake ReynoldsJake Reynolds0:24
6."Red Football"O'ConnorO'Connor, Reynolds, Coulter2:48
7."All Apologies"Kurt CobainO'Connor2:37
8."A Perfect Indian"O'ConnorO'Connor, Reynolds, Coulter4:22
9."Scorn Not His Simplicity"CoulterO'Connor, Coulter4:26
10."All Babies"O'ConnorO'Connor, Reynolds4:29
11."In This Heart"O'ConnorO'Connor, Reynolds, Coulter3:11
12."Tiny Grief Song"O'ConnorO'Connor, Reynolds, Coulter1:56
13."Famine"O'Connor, Clayton, Simenon, Reynolds, Lennon, McCartney [6]O'Connor, Reynolds, Simenon4:56
14."Thank You for Hearing Me"O'Connor, ReynoldsO'Connor, Reynolds, Simenon6:25

Note: "Famine" quotes the song "Eleanor Rigby" by The Beatles.



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Austria (IFPI Austria)[7] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[8] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[9] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] N/A 217,000 [11]^

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


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Universal Mother - Sinéad O'Connor". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  2. ^ McDonnell, Evelyn (16 September 1994). "Universal Mother". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc. Retrieved 9 August 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Sinead O'Connor - Universal Mother CD". CDUniverse.com. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: sinead o'connor". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  5. ^ Zacharek, Stephanie (6 October 1994). "Sinead O'Connor: Universal Mother". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on October 21, 2014. Retrieved May 23, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Sinead – Universal mother" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Sinead in the field Interpret. Enter Universal mother in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  8. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Sinead – Universal mother". Music Canada. 
  9. ^ "British album certifications – Sinead – Universal mother". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter Universal mother in the search field and then press Enter.
  10. ^ "American album certifications – Sinead – Universal mother". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  11. ^ https://books.google.hr/books?id=-AkEAAAAMBAJ&pg=PA92&lpg=PA92&dq=sinead+universal+mother+1,5+million&source=bl&ots=c5SXDUcOjH&sig=xx_7APkHQNo6WIqH1ooXsYEJps8&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiZ_Z6N_bnZAhWGkywKHX2BDBA4ChDoAQg4MAQ#v=onepage&q=sinead&f=false