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Sting, 'The Last Ship' (9/24)

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Sting's first disc of original material since 2003 – which he's been working on for three years – is a concept album inspired by his British youth. Much of the music, which takes its cues from theater greats like Rodgers and Hammerstein, will be featured in an upcoming Broadway musical. So why a concept LP in the age of single-track downloads? "It certainly goes against the grain," Sting admits. "But I still feel there is a constituency that wants music to be more than just something consumed and discarded like a coffee or an ice cream."

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