Sinead O’Connor (I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got)

Official Album Cover

The Album

Sinead O’Connor (I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got), her second studio album, is an emotionally charged and deeply introspective work of art that solidified her place as one of the most captivating and influential singer-songwriters of her time. Released on March 20, 1990, the album showcases O’Connor’s remarkable vocal range and her ability to convey raw and vulnerable emotions through her music.

The album’s lead single, “Nothing Compares 2 U,” instantly became an iconic and timeless classic, catapulting Sinead O’Connor to international stardom. Her hauntingly beautiful rendition of the Prince-penned ballad struck a chord with listeners worldwide, earning her widespread acclaim and multiple accolades.

Beyond the chart-topping success of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” is filled with a diverse range of emotionally charged tracks that explore themes of love, loss, and self-discovery. From the heart-wrenching confessions of “The Last Day of Our Acquaintance” to the uplifting anthem of resilience in “I Am Stretched on Your Grave,” O’Connor’s deeply personal and evocative songwriting captivates the listener at every turn.

The album’s production, helmed by Nellee Hooper and Sinead O’Connor herself, strikes a delicate balance between stripped-down acoustic arrangements and more elaborate, lush instrumentation. The focus remains firmly on O’Connor’s compelling voice and her ability to convey a wide spectrum of emotions, allowing the lyrics to take center stage.

“I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” received universal acclaim from music critics, who praised Sinead O’Connor’s raw honesty and the emotional intensity of her performances. The album was nominated for multiple Grammy Awards, and “Nothing Compares 2 U” earned O’Connor the Grammy for Best Alternative Music Performance, solidifying her as a prominent figure in the music industry.


Beyond its critical acclaim, “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” resonated deeply with audiences, becoming one of the best-selling albums of 1990. Its impact on popular culture and its lasting influence on singer-songwriters and alternative music cannot be overstated.

In conclusion, “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” is a timeless and emotionally charged masterpiece by Sinead O’Connor. With her exceptional vocals and profound songwriting, O’Connor bares her soul, creating an album that remains a powerful and evocative listening experience. Its enduring popularity and critical acclaim solidify “I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got” as a landmark album in the realm of alternative music, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of listeners for generations to come. Sadly O’Conner passed away on 26 July 2023 at the age of 56.

Track Listing

  1. Feel So Different
  2. I Am Stretched On Your Grave
  3. Three Babies
  4. The Emperor’s New Clothes
  5. Black Boys On Mopeds
  6. Nothing Compares To You
  7. Jump In The River
  8. You Cause As Much Sorrow
  9. The Last Day Of Our Acquaintance
  10. I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got

Nothing Compares To You



It’s been seven hours and 15 days
Since you took your love away
I go out every night and sleep all day
Since you took your love away
Since you been gone, I can do whatever I want
I can see whomever I choose

I can eat my dinner in a fancy restaurant
But nothing
I said nothing can take away these blues
‘Cause nothing compares
Nothing compares to you

It’s been so lonely without you here
Like a bird without a song
Nothing can stop these lonely tears from falling
Tell me baby, where did I go wrong?
I could put my arms around every boy I see
But they’d only remind me of you

I went to the doctor, guess what he told me
Guess what he told me
He said, “Girl you better try to have fun, no matter what you do”
But he’s a fool

‘Cause nothing compares, nothing compares to you

All the flowers that you planted mama
In the back yard
All died when you went away
I know that living with you baby was sometimes hard
But I’m willing to give it another try

Nothing compares
Nothing compares to you
Nothing compares
Nothing compares to you
Nothing compares
Nothing compares to you


I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got – Wikipedia