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I finally listened to Sinead O'Connor's Theology today and here's my take: I get it that she personally may be a work in progress (but then, which of us isn't), but I found her latest work, well, quite wonderful and moving.

Above is a clip of her performing the first track ("Something Beautiful"), which is one of the more lyrical and moving of the collection. "Watcher of Men" (which I couldn't find on video) is a more confrontive piece (while at the same time strangely refreshing), which I believe pulls from Job--encapsulating his "Why didn't I die at birth" (3) to his "now I've seen you first hand" (42). Personally, I would love to hear that piece played during a church's worship service. "Out of the Depths" expresses much of how many followers of Jesus have come to see the difference between loving and following God and being frustrated with religion. She also put to song words taken from Song of Solomon and another from Isaiah.

If you just can't buy O'Connor's being pursued by and/or pursuing God, then perhaps you can approach the album as a manifestation of Jesus' words regarding "even the rocks will cry out." Whatever you're approach, I enjoyed it. A lot. (And if it's any indication of the power of her music, I popped the CD in on the way to store and my two kids were mesmorized during the few tracks. Silence from a nine-year-old and a four-year-old is rare.)


susie said…
incredible. Thanks for postting this song. More to my liking than most Christian songs I've heard--I'm going to download Theology album from itunes. Might beat out Andrew Petersen's Far Country as my favorite album. (Even though a tiny part of me is worried that she's just trying to make money off us Christians, having seen the money the Passion made.)
But actually, I think she's hearing God, letting him use her considerable gifts.
Mirtika said…
Way back when her album THE LION & THE COBRA came out, I practically wore it out. Loved her passion, her outrage, her anger, her wild way of singing.

I liked her slower, more melodic music less. And I her antics. Eventually, it came clear that this was a gal who had some serious damage emotionally.

I think God has a soft spot for those of us who are really broken up, and He does pursue the hurting. But the hurting sometimes, like the rest of us, don't know what's good for them and run harder, or they only hear selectively, like we all can do.

I like the idea of peace coming to Sinead through the voice of God. I really hope she finds a good dose of it.

I don't think the seeking is a show. And I do tend to be cynical... No, I think she just has big, big holes in her heart and soul...