Song of the Day, March 2: Troy by Sinéad O’Connor

SineadLionTroyToday’s song is the epic centerpiece of Sinéad O’Connor’s powerful debut album, The Lion and the Cobra. The album is a tightly constructed set of songs filled with powerful images, intense emotion, and irresistible grooves. Troy is a stunning ballad, a slow burn of remembrance and regret. O’Connor uses the sack of Troy as a metaphor for romantic devastation, borrowing a line from Yeats’ “No Second Troy” to good effect.

Opening with a nearly whispered vocal, the song builds slowly over six-and-a-half minutes with remembered vignettes painting the picture of a romantic triangle, passion, betrayal, and determination. O’Connor weaves the burning of Troy with the image of the phoenix rising, a smart pairing that enhances the dramatic tension of the lyric. Her vocals gain intensity, showing off her range to good dramatic effect, making a powerful musical point that emphasizes the gripping lyric.

Enjoy this amazing song today.

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About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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