As is typical of an album from the always raw and insightful Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O’Connor, many voices are represented on “I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss.”
The midtempo guitar drifter “Your Green Jacket” adopts the perspective of a woman who longs for a man she knows she will never have, so instead she pulls his jacket close and inhales deeply of his scent. The moment when a woman realizes the man she is sleeping with is married is captured deftly in “The Voice of My Doctor,” a churning rocker. “Dense Water Deeper Down” brims with the cheerful pop musings of someone in the throes of a private reverie of romantic memories. And “Kisses Like Mine” is a gloriously off-kilter blues in which a woman breaks down her unique healing powers: O’Connor croons “I’m special forces, they call me in after divorces.”
While it feels confessional, O’Connor insists in the press notes that “Bossy” is mainly reporting, not autobiography, save for the ambling opener, “How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?” If that name sounds familiar, it was the title of her superb 2012 album, but this song just missed the cut.
Be it personal or observational, O’Connor is definitely in charge on “Bossy.” (Out Tuesday)
ESSENTIAL “Kisses Like Mine”