Sinead O’Conner announces stateside tour

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Sinead O’Conner will return to America this spring and hit the road for a tour in support of her new album, How About I Be Me (And You Be You). The Irish singer will make way to Boston for a performance at the House of Blues on Wednesday, May 23. Tickets for the show, which range in price from $35 to $49.50, are now on sale through Live Nation.

How About I Be Me (And You Be You), O’Conner’s ninth studio album and follow-up to 2007’s Theology, was release earlier this year. Produced by her longtime collaborator John Reynolds, its ten tracks feature themes of dichotomies between love and loss, hope and regret, pain and redemption, and anger and justice.

“I kind of realized I’ve spent a lot of my life as an artist being told what I should be,” O’Conner said in a press release. “Being told you should be this, you should do this, you shouldn’t do that. You get to a certain age when you realize no, it’s perfectly ok for me to be me, thank you very much, and you to be you. But it’s very much an Irish thing. It’s really a comment about Ireland and what it’s like to be an Irish female artist, and particularly this Irish female artist.”

The album features tracks “Back Where You Belong”, a song written from the perspective of a father killed in war, and “Take Off Your Shoes”, written about the Catholic church’s cover-ups of child abuse. In general, O’Conner says she was more confident during these recent recording sessions.

“I don’t like comparing my records, but I do think there is a confidence there with this one,” O’Conner added, “For a few years I went very into myself and I didn’t think I was confident to be me because I was taking a kicking every time I did anything. So it seems to me that with this record I am more confident being me.”

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