The winning album in the inaugural RTÉ Choice Music Prize Irish Classic Album, in association with IMRO & IRMA, has just been announced by Tracy Clifford on 2FM. The winning album is: I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got by Sinéad O’ Connor
The judges for the prize are Ann Maire Shields (BIMM), Jenny Huston (SiriusXM), Rick O’ Shea (RTÉ Gold), Stuart Clark (Hot Press) with Paul Russell (2FM) as the non-judging chairperson. In choosing I Do Not Want What I haven’t Got by Sinéad O’Connor (released by Ensign / Chrysalis Records in 1990) the panel felt the ten songs on this album represented “a stunning body of work by an Irish artist, scorching with originality in songs that are as resonant today as they were more than 30 years ago.”
Released in the same year as Bossanova by Pixies, Fear Of A Black Planet by Public Enemy and Sonic Youth’s Goo, Sinéad’s second album is testament to her extraordinary musical and vocal talent and her determination to stand apart. From her take on Thatcher’s Britain in “Black Boys On Mopeds” to the drum-sampled interpretation of 17th century poem “I Am Stretched On Your Grave”, this is an outstanding Irish album. And, at its heart is the riveting and unmistakable voice of Sinéad O’Connor.
“Sinéad O’ Connor’s distinctive voice, fiery temperament and shaved head made her famous by the age of twenty-one. Unafraid to call out hypocrisy wherever she saw it, O’ Connor was unapologetic”. – Rememberings
Sinéad’s dominant presence in Irish music, both at home and abroad, spans five decades thanks to her iconic voice and her uncompromising approach to life. The RTÉ Choice Music Prize is honoured to have her as a guest at the event on Thursday to collect the prize.