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  • Audio CD (Oct. 13 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002GKZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews
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1. The Lazarus Heart
2. Be Still My Beating Heart
3. Englishman In New York
4. History Will Teach Us Nothing
5. They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)
6. Fragile
7. We'll Be Together
8. Straight To My Heart
9. Rock Steady
10. Sister Moon
11. Little Wing
12. The Secret Marriage

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Sting's second and most conceptually dense solo album moved on from jazz to ideas picked up from Latin music. Even when he's not using Latin music's tricky polyrhythms, the melodies of the ballad "Be Still My Beating Heart" and the hit dance single "We'll Be Together" suggest he'd been listening to lots of salsa. If you can sting, you can cross-pollinate, too, and there are some other subtle hybrids here, notably the Gil Evans Orchestra's gliding arrangement of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" and the reggae-in-a-Cole Porter suit of "Englishman in New York." Of course, the former schoolteacher has some lyrical messages to deliver and the three songs that originally made up the second side of a double LP are a bitter meditation on Latin American politics and history. --Douglas Wolk

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Format: Audio CD
There are but two extraneous songs on this album: "The Lazarus Heart" and "The Secret Marriage". Other than those two, this album is a diamond mine of excellent music, done by what has to be the most professional solo artist to appear on the scene in the last quarter century.
Sting is a better lyricist than Paul McCartney, at least as good a tunesmith as Donovan, who he bares a strong aesthetic link to, is intelligent, literate and probably just what Malcolm McDowell would be if he ever swallowed a couple of nice-nice pills and took up music! Herr Sumner takes some very diverse idioms, like Hora music, (on "Straight To My Heart",) a first person narrative, ("Englishman In New York",) storytelling, ("Rock Steady",) a mournful waltz, ("They Dance Alone", one of the most soulful songs on the album,) and Caribbean calypso, ("We'll Be Together Tonight",) and presents it all as a cohesive whole that holds your attention from beginning to end. A good selection of eighties' ascendent jazz musicians aid the former Police-man on this incredible album.
Considering that NO ONE has produced music as good as this or "Ten Summoner's Tales" in over 25 years, I hope Sting has 1) His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2) Is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in a prominent spot and 3) Finally makes a good movie where he isn't playing a villain!
Highly recommended!
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I have Sting's ''Brand New Day'' and ''Sacred Love''....But this one is my ultimate favorite along with another compilation titled ''Mercury Falling''.
The content here is intelligent, political, disturbing and most of all-- it's damned good quality music. Some of the songs give a warm, slightly jazzy feeling like ''Sister Moon'' and ''Fragile''. The album also takes a turn for the upbeat side when mentioning tracks like ''We'll Be Together''.
There's a wide Latin, jazz and reggae influence over this album. And as usual the man writes excellent music, just shows you how much influence this man has had over other artists. I'm not surprised he left ''The Police'' because without doubt he was the more visible part of the band.
Naturally he writes from his heart, the words are pure and intellectual...that must take some great talent.
Think carefully....there are only a few excellent artists out there today that have written the most memorable music-- (similar to this genre) only a handful of artists like Sinead O'Connor, U2, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Lenny Kravitz, Seal, Tori Amos, Michael Bolton, Bon Jovi and Annie Lennox respectively. Those are seven of the most flawless music writers today, but Oh oh....Sting still reigns the most admired and respected of all.
My favorite song on this album is ''They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)''-- even though I'm South African I lived in Chile for 6 years, so I know the whole story about ''Los Desapercidos'' and I admire Sting so much for having the guts to stand up for those people, it's got lyrics like ''If they were to speak these words, They'd go missing like the others''. For a similar song, get U2's ''Joshua Tree'' which has the song ''Mothers Of The Disappeared''. Also if you're interested in this subject check out the movie or best-selling book called ''House Of The Spirits'' by Isabel Allende.

This is Sting at his absolute best.
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The true second solo album, after "The Dream of The Blue Turtles" and the double disc live set, "Bring On The Night", shows Sting continuing his strong pop sensibilities, but now adding more "flavors" to the mix.
"The Lazarus Heart" may be a lyric gauze, but it sure starts off the album energetically, doesn't it? The tempo just gallops along with dynamo drumming.
"Be Still My Beating Heart" hearkens back to those Police songs with instantly recognizable bass lines. I'm thinking "Walking On The Moon" or "Canary In A Coalmine."
With "Englishman In New York", he constructs another mini-movie, again using the first person. It bounces along with a melody so simple that you'll be humming it for days. The chorus is stupid-catchy, and the 'scene' where somebody walks by with a boombox (at least that's how I took it) is grin-inducing.
"History Will Teach Us Nothing" is a twitchy mess, almost melody-less, which coming from Sting says a LOT.
"They Dance Alone" is the overt political piece for this particular album; it's achingly beautiful. It's a companion song to U2's "Mothers of The Disappeared" (from "The Joshua Tree"), and both stun. Its' simple words conjure haunting images.
"Fragile" is a masterpiece, and you realize it after one listen. The melody serves the lyrics, the arrangement serves the song...it's as 'perfect' as a pop song gets.
"We'll Be Together" was the album's first single, and justifiably so. You kind of want Sting to pick up the tempo from time to time, you know? Here he does, with an irresistible melody...it's catchy as hell...
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I was so caught up in Sting's The Dream Of The Blue Turtles that after hearing the singles from Nothing Like The Sun, I thought nothing of getting the album. After getting Ten Summoner's Tales, I thought, maybe I should backtrack and get Nothing Like The Sun, whose title is taken from words from a Shakespearean sonnet, starting with "My mistress's eyes are nothing like the sun." The music reflects the jazz-pop and sociopolitical commentary on Blue Turtles, but with an improved and tighter sound as well as musicianship.
"The Lazarus Heart" demonstrates the good side of being hurt, using a lovely flower growing from a wound in a chest. Such a wound gives one courage and pain, sings Sting.
The second single from here, "Be Still My Beating Heart", is another song on how despite being broken and bruised, the heart is like a Timex watch, takes a licking but keeps on ticking. "A lesson once learned is hard to forget", he sings, and also "I sink like a stone that's been thrown in the ocean/my logic hsa drowned in a sea of emotion."
"Englishman In New York" is another single, with the tempo of a brisk walk portraying an English emigre trying to be himself in the U.S., such as taking tea and not coffee, using a walking cane, and of course that accent and reserved gentlemanly gentility that hasn't gone away since Victorian times. Nice booming drum solo in the middle of the song.
The reggae-tinged "History Will Teach Us Nothing" more or less says that history is just repeated patterns of powerful people, economic competition, suppressing the weak, and child-like aggression that leads to war. The song ends with the repeated post-chorus refrain "Know your human rights/be what you come here for.
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