I always endorse "Best of" CDs, since you have the chaff completely separated from the wheat. You really don't want to waste your money on a CD with one good title song, and the rest with a lot of crap on the remainder.
Sting is one of these artists with a lot of soul, whose music matches his sentiments and ideas. You get a perfect profile of the man, his music, and his morals. He has a strong stance on political issues, and several songs such as "Fragile" (which was sung at the Salt Lake City Olympics), "Russian," and "Cueca Solo" represent some of the causes Sting has adopted. He has a good name and is a superb musician, so he brings considerable weight to his projects, in and out of the studio.
This disc has his early solo hits, such as "Fields of Gold," "All this time," and "Englishman in New York," which marks how far he has evolved as an artist since his heyday in the Police. He is no long a driven and angry youth, but a mature man with wider eyes on the world and a sharper ear for music.
So man rock star self destruct when going solo, or slowly whimper away into the shadows. Sting, on the other has, has full risen phoenix-like from the ashes of the Police and is still blazing hard. I am eagerly awaiting the follow-up CD, since he is still going strong.