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Sinéad O'Connor: Manchester International Festival

Rob Hughes, Daily Telegraph, 4 July 2011

YOU'D BE HARD pushed to recognise Sinéad O'Connor these days. Her publicity photos still show the willowy ingenue of her early '90s heyday, all Bambi eyes, shaven head and cut-glass cheekbones. The deathless video of the transatlantic hit 'Nothing Compares 2 U', filmed entirely in close-up, drew its power from the strange beauty of O'Connor's face. It was a look that defined her as much as her outspoken views on the Roman Catholic Church, women's rights, child abuse and world politics.

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