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|1. A Thousand Years|
|2. Desert Rose|
|3. Big Lie, Small World|
|4. After The Rain Has Fallen|
|5. Perfect Love...Gone Wrong|
|6. Tomorrow We'll See|
|7. Prelude To The End Of The Game|
|8. Fill Her Up|
|9. Ghost Story|
|10. Brand New Day|
There is a difference between being an inspired musician and an informed musician. Sting is the latter. As always, he surrounds himself with ultratalented artists: this time around Stevie Wonder, Branford Marsalis, James Taylor, guitarist Dominic Miller, and the prince of rai Cheb Mami, fill the roster. Brand New Day exhibits about as many musical styles as there are tracks, all encased in dense, meticulous production. The album begins promisingly. "A Thousand Years" pulses atop a lush, two-note foundation. "A Desert Rose" folds trilling Algerian pop into trip-hop. Melodic, late-night jazz ballads dominate the middle portion of the collection. But Sting's preoccupation with odd-numbered time signatures prevents the songs from grooving, while the choruses are yawns. "Fill Her Up" (no, not "Fill 'Er Up"), a country tune, represents Sting at his most self-indulgent. Listening to one of the wealthiest musicians in pop singing "Got no money to invest / Got no prospect / Or education / I was lucky to get the job at this gas station" requires a heroic suspension of disbelief. The song morphs into this gospel number where Sting and a supporting chorus chant "You gotta fill 'er up with Jesus! / You gotta fill her up with life!" Who knew unleaded could be so rousing? --Beth Massa
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And deservedly so, this also put Sting back onto the pop charts with his biggest hit single in many years at this point in his career "Desert Rose" which is just stunningly beautiful. The other one is my favorite song of his ever which is the title track to this album.
However another favorite song however is track 8 "Fill Her Up". I could almost label this as like a mini-progressive pop epic because it's almost like three songs in one. It starts off being a really funny humorous country song but it morphs into radically different style and becomes a Gospel-oriented epic before finally morphing down into a jazz-oriented song. This is another favorite song of mines and one of Sting's best songs in many years.
This CD is almost like Sting's rejuvination in many ways. It helped re-invent Sting's sound and also gave him much needed chart success and for such an awful year for music with all of the teen pop junk that polluted the airwaves at that point in time, this album was a breath of fresh air. Highly recommended.
I think that what makes Sting a great artist is that he never fails to bring in the new stuff, time is passing by and the man can't keep making albums like ''The Dream Of The Blue Turtles'' which already sounds a bit outdated today.
The biggest hit was probably ''Desert Rose'' along with ''Brand New Day''. Of course, I see that many reviewers were disappointed to realize that the track ''Desert Rose'' is here in it's original version, the song (when remixed by producer Victor Calderone) became a huge dance floor hit and spent 9 amazing weeks at the top of the sales charts. So for that version, I recommend the CD Single, which has Calderone's ''Melodic Club Mix'', the version that was used in the awesome video.
More or less, Sting's brooding and serious work has been put aside for a change, it's not a personal album from the man. It takes a turn for the upbeat side, managing to bring in Jazz, Hip-Hop, R&B and Rap.
My favorite tracks are: Desert Rose, Brand New Day, After The Rain Has Fallen, Ghost Story.
Overall, it's a great album (Dare I say one of his most popular)---- It may not break grounds like his previous, but you cannot say that this is bland, Cos that's definitely something it's not. Enjoy!
Writers block was never something to plague Sting's abilities in the past having been able to craft five Police albums and four great solo albums. But Mercury Falling and Brand New Day represent a new low for the man where he not only relies on other musicians and producers for ideas, but manages to make a slew of ill-advised choices.
For example, take the song Perfect Love Gone Wrong. Normally, this would be an acceptable song thanks to its funky back-beat and counter-melody played by a muted trumpet. But then comes in the French rap. Oh my word. Holy smokes. This can't be happening. What on earth would make someone commit that to tape, listen to the playback and say "yeah, let's keep that."?
The rest of Brand New Day, like its predecessor, is sorely lacking in songwriting color and flavor. Tomorrow We'll See is way too wordy and convoluted for the social commentary it strives for. Instead, Roxanne from 1978 shows how Sting accomplished the same idea in fewer words. Songs like Ghost Story, After The Rain Has Fallen, A Thousand Years, and the title track fail to make any impression on you at all, whether it be good or bad.
Desert Rose sounds like more of an effort than an inclination to incorporate a middle-eastern sound into Sting's music. Buried within the mix of all the drums, all the singing, and all the swirling instruments, this song has no soul to it. Fill Her Up is nonsense. Country to gospel to jazz within one song, and all of them sound pretty bad. The hoaky vocal cameos do nothing but hurt it even more. And Prelude To The End Of The Game is just a waste.
Mercury Falling, strike one. Brand New Day, strike two. After I heard Sacred Love? I'm sorry man, you're out.
Most recent customer reviews
In great condition and arrived on time-bought it used from Round3CA and I recommend them! I love this album-A Thousand Years, Desert Rose and Brand New Day are some of my all time... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pearl Ching Vaartstra
this album is, for me, a great one. unfortunately, all review that i read is for cd version. We bougth the dvd audio version and i loved it. Read morePublished on March 20 2006 by sophie albert
Sting has some good songs on this album. My complaint has to do with how the audio was mixed. When singing solo, Sting's vocal volume is bright and nicely mixed with the... Read morePublished on July 12 2004 by Doug
All of the other reviewers have hit the nail on the head. You dont really neccessarily have to acquire a taste for this type of music. I am one of Sting's young music listeners. Read morePublished on May 23 2004 by C. Butler
I was surprised at the diversity of songs Sting had on this CD. There were many pop songs, some soft rock, and even some that are borderline R&B! Read morePublished on April 9 2004 by TrezKu13
I truly loved the title track from BRAND NEW DAY. For one reason:Stevie Wonder's harmonica that's heard in the song. Read morePublished on March 22 2004 by andy8047
Sting has always been an excellent jazz singer/composer .... this album is no different .... i must say the first time i heard this album i was expecting the full album to be full... Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2004 by R-E-P
...with the 1999 release of "Brand New Day" Sting rebounded from the somewhat disappointing "Mercury Falling" to top the charts once again. Read morePublished on Feb. 1 2004 by Jack Fitzgerald