The Very Best Of Sting & The Police (2002) - Rolling Stone
×
Home Music Album Reviews

The Very Best Of Sting & The Police (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 eighteen tracks, and achronological, making the radio-hits perspective incontrovertible. Because however expansive Sting's musical worldview grows, incorporating jazzesque and American soul with the reggae-bottomed Police sound, the songs are sturdy and companionable, traveling from the jerky comforts of "Message in a Bottle" to the sparkling "Fields of Gold" to the admonishing delights of — omigod! Remember prom? — "Roxanne," with efficiency and literary verve intact on every note. Completists will scoff, but so what? They're outnumbered.

Arrow Created with Sketch. Calendar Created with Sketch. Path Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. Plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch.