|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)|
|7. We'll Be Together|
|8. Straight To My Heart|
|9. Rock Steady|
|10. Sister Moon|
|11. Little Wing|
|12. The Secret Marriage|
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!
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.