I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss

I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss
Studio album by Sinéad O'Connor
Released 11 August 2014 (2014-08-11)
Recorded 2013–2014
Genre Rock
Length 40:59 (Standard)
50:42 (Deluxe)
Label Nettwerk
Producer John Reynolds
Sinéad O'Connor chronology
How About I Be Me (and You Be You)?
I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss
Singles from I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss
  1. "Take Me to Church"
    Released: 11 August 2014
  2. "8 Good Reasons"
    Released: 17 November 2014
  3. "How About I Be Me"
    Released: 30 October 2015

I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss is the tenth full-length album by Irish singer-songwriter Sinéad O'Connor, released on 11 August 2014 on Nettwerk Music Group.[1] The album was originally to be called The Vishnu Room after the song of the same name, but was changed, along with its original cover design, shortly before release in support of the Ban Bossy campaign.[2]

The album was nominated for the Irish Meteor Choice Music Prize for Best Album.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
American Songwriter[5]
The Boston Globe[6]
The Guardian[7]
Los Angeles Times[8]
Slant Magazine[10]

Upon release the album received positive reviews from such publications as American Songwriter, The Guardian, NOW and Slant Magazine. The Metacritic aggregate score on August 12, 2014 was 66 out of a 100.[3] Fred Thomas, writing for AllMusic, gave the album 3.5 stars out of 5, with a favorable review, opening with the summary: "A decade of inconsistent, spotty, or simply confusing output from iconic Irish singer/songwriter Sinéad O'Connor was redeemed with 2012's refreshingly focused and honest effort How About I Be Me (And You Be You)? That album saw O'Connor effortlessly creating the same type of emotionally charged yet easily melodic fare that constituted her earliest, most popular work, and positioned her for a graceful return to form. Two years later, I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss follows the impassioned pop framework of its immediate predecessor, branching out into even more vivid stylistic dimensions and retaining all the energy, controversy, and fire that have come to define O'Connor as both a musician and a political figure. Taken at face value, the songs here are vibrant and multifaceted."[4]

Track listing

All lyrics written by O'Connor.

No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "How About I Be Me"  O'Connor, McGregor 3:25
2. "Dense Water Deeper Down"  O'Connor 3:32
3. "Kisses Like Mine"  O'Connor 2:28
4. "Your Green Jacket"  O'Connor, Reynolds, Kearns 3:23
5. "The Vishnu Room"  O'Connor, Reynolds, Kearns 2:47
6. "The Voice of My Doctor"  O'Connor, Baker 3:36
7. "Harbour"  O'Connor, Reynolds, Kearns 4:40
8. "James Brown" (with Seun Kuti)O'Connor, Reynolds, Adams 3:04
9. "8 Good Reasons"  O'Connor, Reynolds, Kearns 3:26
10. "Take Me to Church"  O'Connor, Reynolds, Kearns 3:01
11. "Where Have You Been?"  O'Connor, Reynolds 3:02
12. "Streetcars"  O'Connor, Henderson 4:28



Chart (2014–15) Peak
Austrian Albums Chart 44
Belgium Albums Chart 20
Danish Albums Chart 28
Dutch Albums Chart 18
French Albums Chart 132
German Albums Chart 39
Irish Albums Chart 1
Italian Albums Chart 39
New Zealand Albums Chart[11] 21
Polish Albums Chart[12] 40
Spanish Albums Chart 88
Swiss Albums Chart 48
UK Albums Chart 22
UK Indie Albums Chart 3
US Billboard 200 83


  1. "I'm Not Bossy I'm The Boss track listing". Sinead O'Connor. June 13, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  2. Kreps, Daniel (June 2, 2014). "Sinead O'Connor Renames New Album 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  3. 1 2 "I'm Not Bossy I'm The Boss Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  4. 1 2 Fred Thomas: Review by Fred Thomas, AllMusic, 12 August 2014.
  5. Horowitz, Hal (August 6, 2014). "Sinead O'Connor: I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss". American Songwriter. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  6. Rodman, Sarah (August 11, 2014). "Sinead O'Connor, 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss' review". Boston Globe. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  7. Sullivan, Caroline (August 7, 2014). "Sinead O'Connor: I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss review – ablaze with lust". The Guardian. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  8. Wood, Mikael (August 11, 2014). "Sinead O'Connor's 'I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss' takes the lead". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 15, 2014.
  9. "Sinéad O'Connor: I'm Not Bossy, I'm The Boss (Nettwerk)". NOW. August 7, 2014. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  10. Cinquimani, Sal (July 31, 2014). "Sinéad O'Connor: I'm Not Bossy, I'm the Boss". Slant Magazine. Retrieved August 11, 2014.
  11. "NZ Top 40 Albums Chart". Recorded Music NZ. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  12. "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży". OLiS. September 1, 2014. Retrieved September 1, 2014.
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