Sinead O’Connor is releasing a new album soon. It’s called Theology, and many of the songs are inspired by (some straight of of) the Scriptures. I am on her myspace page listening to "33" right now, and my goodness is it an impressive song. It’s pretty much straight from Psalm 33, with a little twist (33:2, for example, becomes "Sing to the Jah with your guitar / Turn up your bass amp" – I’m always a fan of turning up one’s bass amp).
Sinead tends to be a polarizing figure. Many will probably write her off as a neo-pagan-in-Christian’s-clothing, and other will probably rush out to buy the album, hoping her "conversion" was "genuine" (as though we can tell by listening to her songs?)
For my own part, I will definitely buy this album, because I have always found Sinead O’Connor’s music to be heart-achingly beautiful (and oh that voice!) Her music is eminently "listenable", but not in the "easy-listening" sense (easy to tune out), but in more of a head-turning, stop-what-you’re-doing-and-LISTEN-RIGHT-NOW sense. I find her music completely arresting.
It’s kind of how I imagine a prophet would function, using poetry to cut through the veneer of respectability and into the heart, where things are ugly and beautiful and messy and personal. That’s where transformation can begin, and song always gets there faster than explanations. Poetry always goes deeper than prose.