David Browne
December 12, 1997 AT 05:00 AM EST

So Far...The Best of Sinead O'Connor

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Sinead O'Connor
genre
Reissues

We gave it an A-

Chronicling her evolution from wailing-banshee iconoclast (the anti-Riverdancer) to softly crooning mom, Sinead O’Connor’s first-ever compilation amounts to a 77-minute mood swing. If some of her early work now feels shrill and strident, her later experiments with hip-hop beats and Bomb the Bass (included here) make her seem visionary. It’s common for pop stars to boast of growing up in public, but O’Connor’s actually done it with So Far…The Best of Sinead O’Connor. A-

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