Picks and Pans Review: Sinéad O'connor

updated 12/19/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 12/19/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

Throw Down Your Arms

First was Willie Nelson. Now the unretired Sinéad O'Connor has gone reggae with this album of roots remakes. And while nothing compares to the originals of these songs by the likes of Bob Marley, Burning Spear and Peter Tosh, the Irish singer with the pure, angelic voice does a surprisingly credible job of capturing the Rasta spirit. Recorded in Kingston, Jamaica, with the esteemed production team of drummer Sly Dunbar and bassist Robbie Shakespeare, the disc achieves added authenticity by employing other musicians who played on the originals to throw down with O'Connor.

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