I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got is the second album by Sinéad O’Connor. It was released in March 1990 on Chrysalis Records. The critically acclaimed album contains her most famous single, “Nothing Compares 2 U”, and was one of the best selling records in the world in 1990, topping the charts in many countries, including the US, UK, and Canada. It had a few different lyrics than Prince’s original. This rendition reflected on O’Connor’s mother who lost her life in an auto accident five years earlier. The single “Emperor’s New Clothes” found more moderate success, although it did top the Modern Rock Tracks chart in the US. The album was nominated for four Grammy Awards in 1991, winning the award for Best Alternative Music Performance. O’Connor refused to accept the nominations and the award.
Steve Huey’: But the album plays like a tour de force in its demonstration of everything O’Connor can do: dramatic orchestral ballads, intimate confessionals, catchy pop/rock, driving guitar rock, and protest folk, not to mention the nearly six-minute a cappella title track. What’s consistent throughout is the frighteningly strong emotion O’Connor brings to bear on the material, while remaining sensitive to each piece’s individual demands. Aside from being a brilliant album in its own right, I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got foreshadowed the rise of deeply introspective female singer/songwriters like Tori Amos and Sarah McLachlan, who were more traditionally feminine and connected with a wider audience. Which takes nothing away from anyone; if anything, it’s evidence that, when on top of her game, Sinéad O’Connor was a singular talent.
Sinéad O’Connor – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got Tracklist
- (00:00) “Feel So Different”
- (06:47) “I Am Stretched on Your Grave”
- (12:21) “Three Babies”
- (17:07) “The Emperor’s New Clothes”
- (22:23) “Black Boys on Mopeds”
- (26:15) “Nothing Compares 2 U”
- (31:25) “Jump in the River”
- (35:37) “You Cause as Much Sorrow”
- (40:42) “The Last Day of Our Acquaintance”
- (45:22) “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got”
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