Newstalgia Backstage Weekend Extra - Sinead O'Connor In concert at the Iceland Airwaves Festival, October 14, 2011 recorded by RAI Radio 2.
April 8, 2012

Sinead O'Connor - simmering intensity, enveloping like a comfy chair..

Since it's a holiday weekend, I thought I would toss an extra concert into the mix. This time it's via RAI Radio 2 and a concert recorded on October 14, 2011 from the Iceland Airwaves Festival featuring Sinead O'Connor.

After an auspicious and somewhat controversial start, O'Connor has been bubbling under the radar for a number of years. And truths to tell, I hadn't heard anything about her in a long time, so I thought she had simply left the scene and quietly returned to normal life.

And then a few weeks ago I saw her on BBC America's Graham Norton show and realized she was still a potent and vital singer, with boundless energy and passion, who was in the midst of touring, had a new album out and it was as if she never left in the first place.

This past Friday, as part of their Radio 2 Live series, RAI ran a concert she performed during the Iceland Airwaves Festival in 2011 and the simmering intensity that so typified Sinead O'Connor's performances was very much in evidence.

So it seemed like a good idea to share the experience as a sort of Holiday Weekend Bonus and offer a full hour of Sinead O'Connor in top form.

One thing though - RAI Radio loves to talk - and there is a very chatty announcer who dives in after each number, and on one or two occasions, spills over to the intro of a song. It's not terrible but it's a little distracting in places and it occasionally breaks the mood.

But if you can forgive that, you're in for an enjoyable experience.

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