Sting to Return This Fall With "If On a Winter's Night..."

June 18, 2009 9:00 AM ET

Sting has confirmed plans to return this fall with a new solo album titled If On a Winter's Night... on his official Website. The October 27th album, inspired by what Sting calls his favorite season, will feature two original compositions along with carols, lullabies and traditional songs from the British Isles.

"The theme of winter is rich in inspiration and material," Sting said. "By filtering all of these disparate styles into one album I hope we have created something refreshing and new." The two Sting songs on the disc are called "Lullaby for an Anxious Child" and "The Hounds of Winter," and both have been previously released ("Hounds" is the opening track of his 1996 solo album Mercury Falling). Other tracks include the 14th century carol "Gabriel's Message," the traditional ballad "The Snow it Melts the Soonest," Henry Purcell's "Now Winter Comes Slowly" and an English reworking of Schubert's "Der Leiermann" now called "Hurdy Gurdy Man."

Although it's not being promoted as a typical Christmas album, If On a Winter's Night… seems primed to grab a slice of the huge holiday sales that albums like Josh Groban's Noel scored in the past. The record is Sting first since 2006's Songs from the Labyrinth, which was an album of songs originally composed by John Dowland. Sting's last album of original material was 2003's Sacred Love. The Police wrapped their reunion tour in August 2008 at New York's Madison Square Garden and there's been no word of future dates for the trio.

Related Stories:

What's Next For The Police After Final New York Show?
The Police Take a Final Bow in New York City
The Police Plot One More U.S. Tour, Then Retirement

To read the new issue of Rolling Stone online, plus the entire RS archive: Click Here

Music Main Next
Daily Newsletter

Get the latest RS news in your inbox.

Sign up to receive the Rolling Stone newsletter and special offers from RS and its
marketing partners.


We may use your e-mail address to send you the newsletter and offers that may interest you, on behalf of Rolling Stone and its partners. For more information please read our Privacy Policy.

Song Stories


Nelly Furtado with Timbaland | 2006

This club-oriented single featuring Timbaland, who produced Nelly Furtado's third album, Loose, was Furtado’s sexy return after the Canadian singer's exploration of her Portuguese heritage on Folklore. "In the studio, initially I didn’t know if I could do it, 'cause Timbaland wrote that chorus," Furtado said. "I'm like, 'That's cool, but I don't know if I'm ready to do full-out club.'" The flirty lyrics are a dance between a guy and girl, each knowing they will end up in bed together but still playing the game. "Tim and I called it 'The BlackBerry Song,' she said, "because everything we say in the song you could text-message to somebody."

More Song Stories entries »