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I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss

Sinéad O'Connor

I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss

The renowned Irish singer-songwriter opted to change the name of her tenth album last minute to support the Ban Bossy campaign

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Nettwerk Records
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  1. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    Still the best wiggy vocal talent
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  2. 8.0 |   The Irish Times

    With a voice more expressive and nuanced than it’s been in a long time and a whole new lyrical palette to play with, this is Sinéad O’Connor’s Farewell to Arms
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  3. 8.0 |   Uncut

    10th album finds O’Connor flexing her songwriting chops. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Simply a remarkable collection of well-made songs. Print edition only

  5. 8.0 |   State

    She has at last produced a work that bursts through the mental fog that has stifled her output for so many years
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  6. 7.3 |   Pitchfork

    A quarter-century into a career that has swung unpredictably from acoustic dissent to big-band jazz to reggae and dub experimentation, she continues to lay claim to every musical possibility and refuses to define herself with only one particular style
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  7. 7.0 |   Spin

    Swinging between swaggering blues, soul-searching adult-alt and lullabies that can feel like attacks
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  8. 7.0 |   PopMatters

    O’Connor and long-time producer John Reynolds frame the collection in familiar musical motifs, but carve out plenty of intriguing intricacies along the way
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  9. 7.0 |   All Music

    When Sinéad switches into a pop mode, the results are buoyant and beautiful
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  10. 6.0 |   Q

    Blazing honesty from a two-fisted pop survivor. print edition only

  11. 6.0 |   Slant Magazine

    With few of the tracks running longer than three-and-a-half minutes, many of them feel like they end before they can even get off the ground
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  12. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Ablaze with indignation, lust and hopelessness
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  13. 6.0 |   The Music

    Solid songwriting and sound performance; just not what it could be
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  14. 6.0 |   music OMH

    Musically, I’m Not Bossy is pure pop with a wonderful glam mindset, but there was certainly more lyrical attention needed for it to succeed its intended purpose
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  15. 5.8 |   Consequence Of Sound

    The new songs continue to skirt her need to love and to be loved, but this time O’Connor tells her tales through a series of third-party voices
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  16. 4.0 |   Rolling Stone

    O’Connor’s music doesn’t reflect the independence she aspires to
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  17. 4.0 |   Under The Radar

    O'Connor's voice is capable, but it is never pushed, and her backing band plays tepid session rock swaddled in safe, uninteresting production
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  18. 4.0 |   Paste Magazine

    For an album that focuses on the theme of love, it’s really hard to find anything to swoon over
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  19. 4.0 |   The FT

    Mid-tempo rock predominates, a dull chug that fails to live up to declarations like “I love you more than I have ever loved a man”
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  20. 3.0 |   Beardfood

    Her sentiments wouldn't be out of place on a Valentines Day compilation
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