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The Last Ship

September 24, 2013

The Last Ship is Sting's first album of new material he wrote himself in a decade, and it continues his effort to find fresh ways to connect with his audience. It's a collection of songs for an original play about the destruction of the shipping industry...

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25 Years

September 27, 2011

The guy has worked with everyone from Yo-Yo Ma to the Black Eyed Peas, from Miles Davis to Phil Collins, so a comprehensive Sting retrospective seems impossible. But over three CDs and one DVD, 25 Years tells a cohesive tale: the story of a career dedicated...

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Songs From The Labyrinth

October 30, 2006

Here, Sting and Lutenist Edin Karamazov construct "a soundtrack in words and music" to the life of John Dowland (1563-1626), the Catholic English composer and musician who was jilted by his own queen as he became a star in European courts. Sting conceives...

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Sacred Love

September 24, 2003

Sting has been so famous for so long and done so much — the Police, the rain forest, the tantric sex (or was it?), the luxury-car commercial — he has become easy to undervalue as purely a musician. The radiant Sacred Love is a vivid and frequently...

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All This Time

November 13, 2001

Sting was in Tuscany when he gave this concert in a courtyard there, beginning at nine in the evening, Italian time, September 11th. The show was scheduled as a two-hour Webcast; however, Sting chose to transmit only one song — his hymnlike classic...

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Ten Summoner's Tales

July 31, 1997
Not Rated

After the searing catharsis of The Soul Cages (1991), Sting's intensely private eulogy for his father, Ten Summoner's Tales, seems like an intentional crowd pleaser (despite its title, lifted from Chaucer's Canterbury Tales): the former Police-man crafting...

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Nothing Like The Sun

January 22, 1997

... Nothing Like The Sun — a powerful, often hypnotic album that blends jazz and rock styles into a thoughtful suite of twelve songs about love, politics and the meaning of the individual life — avoids the self-conscious stiffness that marred...

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Synchronicity

June 23, 1983

Synchronicity is a work of dazzling surfaces and glacial shadows. Sunny pop melodies echo with ominous sound effects. Pithy verses deal with doomsday. A battery of rhythms — pop, reggae and African — lead a safari into a physical and spiritual...

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Zenyatta Mondatta

December 25, 1980
Not Rated

In the two years since they first arrested America's attention with singer-bassist Sting's Top Forty love song for a prostitute, "Roxanne," the Police have gotten trapped in a credibility gap between their commercial importance as a New Wave phenomenon...

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Outlandos D'Amour

June 14, 1979
Not Rated

On the Police's debut album, Outlandos d'Amour, lead vocalist/bassist Sting sings in a sleight-of-hand variety of styles: there's a high-pitched quaver reminiscent of Ray Davies on the love songs, some Jamaican patois trotted out for the reggae cuts,...

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Symphonicities

August 2, 2010

Who would have guessed that Sting's most exciting album in years would be a set of orchestral remakes? Symphonicities rocks hard from the outset, with a wallop of cellos and violins replacing the staccato guitars of the early Police song "Next to You."...

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Brand New Day

October 15, 2003

In 1985, Sting gave up the role everyone loved him in — leader of the Police — and got on many sets of nerves, royally. But after fifteen years of skilled music, the notion of Sting as pompous pop serioso is dated. Brand New Day is Sting's...

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The Very Best Of Sting & The Police (2002)

October 22, 2002

This is not what becomes a legend most, but it will do for the part-time fans who understand Sting and his former band to be part of a steady radio-hits continuum rather than a rock-evolution one. Cleverly, this compilation is both semi-exhaustive, with...

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Mercury Falling

February 2, 1998

With 1993's Ten Summoner's Tales, Sting willfully soiled his hard-earned reputation as pop music's poster boy for existential depression. Tales was his most lighthearted effort since his early days with the Police, and it seduced many who had otherwise...

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The Dream Of The Blue Turtles

June 17, 1997
Not Rated

With the Police on hiatus, Sting had choices galore for ways to make his inevitable solo album. The most obvious was to become the world's bestqualified Police imitator; what he did instead smacks of brilliantly enlightened self-interest. Der Stingle...

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Bring on The Night

September 25, 1986
Not Rated

As a high-profile plan for musical and racial integration, The Dream of the Blue Turtles was one of last year's most significant projects. Unfortunately, the band Sting so carefully assembled was dominated by his earnest verbiage and limited by the requirements...

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Ghost In The Machine

December 10, 1981
Not Rated

Esperanto, like the League of Nations, was one of those good ideas that just didn't work. Intended as an international language not native to anyone but foreign to no one — an answer to divisiveness dating back to the Tower of Babel — it failed...

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Reggatta De Blanc

December 13, 1979
Not Rated

Those people who indicted the Police's debut album — citing the trio's arch exploitation of the New Wave — will find plenty on Reggatta de Blanc to justify charges of recidivism. The group once again exhibits the same high-handed, crafty superciliousness...

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