O'Connor was 20 years old when she released her first single ("Troy") and had a son with her drummer, John Reynolds. Blessed with tremendous talent and a rebellious streak, she was offered lots of advice, which she often ignored. In ''The Emperor's New Clothes'' she works out the frustrations that come with being an unmarried young mother in an Irish Catholic family with a conflicted boyfriend and a burgeoning music career.
This was the follow-up to "Nothing Compares 2 U." It was a major hit in her home country and a moderate one in the US. It kept her career momentum going until 1992, when her inflammatory and strange behavior caused a backlash.
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