Song of the Day, August 27: The Last Day of Our Acquaintance by Sinéad O’Connor

OConnorIDNWLastDayToday’s song is The Last Day of Our Acquaintance by Sinéad O’Connor. After the energetic blast of her powerful debut album, The Lion and the Cobra, the outspoken Irish singer released a more intimate follow-up. I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got builds on the emotional  and personal moments of the debut, pushing the personal stories and emotions to the forefront. Best known for the international #1 Prince cover Nothing Compares 2 U, the disc is full of wonderful, fascinating tracks.

The finest is the last song before the cathartic title track. The Last Day of Our Acquaintance is a bitter, bold kiss-off. The singer is not just prognosticating, she is demanding. This day, when the couple formalize their separation, should be the last they ever spend together. Slow and simmering, O’Connor articulates her rage in a scary whisper, building slowly but never quite boiling over. It’s an amazing example of how less can be more, both musically and emotionally.

Enjoy this powerful 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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