Throw Down Your Arms

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Throw Down Your Arms
Sinead O Connor Throw Down Your Arms Cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released4 October 2005
Studio Tuff Gong Studios and Anchor Studios in Kingston, Jamaica
Genre Reggae
Label Chocolate and Vanilla
Producer Sly and Robbie
Sinéad O'Connor chronology
Throw Down Your Arms
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Metacritic 69/100 [1]
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Paste 5/10 [7]
Pitchfork 6.8/10 [8]
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Under the Radar 6/10 [11]

Throw Down Your Arms is the seventh studio album by Sinéad O'Connor, also known as her reggae album. O'Connor sings cover versions of classic roots reggae songs, with production by Sly and Robbie.


The album was recorded in Kingston, Jamaica at Tuff Gong Studios and Anchor Studios in 2004 and released by Chocolate and Vanilla on 4 October 2005. In her memoir Rememberings , O'Connor said that she felt so strongly about making Throw Down Your Arms that she personally paid $400,000 of her own money for the record's production.[ citation needed ] 10 per cent of the profits went to support Rastafari elders in Jamaica.[ citation needed ]

The album contains a cover of the Bob Marley song "War", which O'Connor famously performed on Saturday Night Live in 1992 while ripping up a photo of Pope John Paul II. [12]

Track listing

Disc 1 track listing
No.TitleOriginally recorded byLength
1."Jah Nuh Dead" Burning Spear in 1978 (as "Marcus Say Jah No Dead")3:20
2."Marcus Garvey"Burning Spear in 19753:28
3."Door Peep"Burning Spear in 19763:22
4."He Prayed"Burning Spear in 19733:27
5."Y Mas Gan" The Abyssinians in 19693:49
6."Curly Locks" Junior Byles in 19744:22
7."Vampire" Devon Irons in 19764:02
8."Prophet Has Arise" Israel Vibration in 19784:26
9."Downpressor Man" Peter Tosh in 19775:08
10."Throw Down Your Arms"Burning Spear in 19774:02
11."Untold Stories" Buju Banton in 19953:40
12."War" Bob Marley & The Wailers in 19764:04
Total length:47:27
Japanese CD release bonus tracks
No.TitleOriginally recorded byLength
13."Move Out of Babylon" Johnny Clarke in 19743:17
14."Abendigo"The Abyssinians in 19693:53
15."Jah Can Count on I" Little Roy in 19753:28
Disc 2 (Dub versions) track listing
1."Intro" (Micah 4:1-5)0:57
2."Jah Nuh Dead"3:12
3."Marcus Garvey"3:29
4."Door Peep"3:19
5."He Prayed"3:28
6."Y Mas Gan"3:51
7."Curly Locks"4:17
9."Prophet Has Arise"4:24
10."Downpressor Man"5:07
11."Throw Down Your Arms"4:12
12."Untold Stories"3:42
Total length:48:09




Chart performance for Throw Down Your Arms
Chart (2005)Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA) [13] 200
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [14] 67
French Albums (SNEP) [15] 26
Irish Albums (IRMA) [16] 17
Italian Albums (FIMI) [17] 73
US Independent Albums ( Billboard ) [18] 36
US Reggae Albums ( Billboard ) [19] 4


Certifications for Throw Down Your Arms
RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Ireland (IRMA) [20] Gold7,500^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

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  3. For [O'Connor] to record a full reggae set, covering each song exactly like the original, rivals Gus Van Sant's odd shot-for-shot remake of Hitchcock's Psycho. [Oct 2005, p.141]
  4. Her icy-cool vocals nicely contrast with the island grooves. [7 Oct 2005, p.77]
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  6. Determinedly singing in her own accent was a wise move. [Oct 2005, p.110]
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  9. The concept works better than you might think. [3 Nov 2005, p.94]
  10. There's nothing particularly profound here, but the combination of skanking, roots-reggae rhythms and O'Connor's still-gorgeous voice... is a winning one. [Nov 2005, p.106]
  11. Sly and Robbie provide an adequate musical magic carpet for the singer to float on, but it fails to complement her as much as it should. [#11, p.108]
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