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Sacred Love Enhanced

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 30 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B0000C23DP
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars 291 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #18,187 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. . Inside
2. Send Your Love
3. Whenever I Say Your Name (with Mary J. Blige)
4. Dead Man's Rope
5. Never Coming Home
6. Like a Beautiful Smile
7. Let's Forget About the Future
8. This War
9. The Book of My Life
10. Sacred Love

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Sting explores his shiny, happy side on Sacred Love, adding playful touches of techno to his smooth, vaguely multi-cultural pop sound. Like 1999's Brand New Day, Love sounds effortless and content, with expert musicians backing up Sting's gauzy revelations about love and life. The former Police frontman shakes things up here and there; DJ/producers like BT and Victor Calderone breathe life into tracks like "Never Coming Home" and "Send Your Love," while Mary J. Blige puts her smoky vocals to work on "Whenever I Say Your Name." "This War" takes a not-so-subtle shot at George W. Bush, as Sting gives his left-leaning fan base a thrill with lyrics like "Your daddy was a businessman/ and it always made good sense/ You know the war can make you rich my friend/ In dollars, pounds, and cents." Of course, Sting long ago cashed in his rebel cachet for adult contemporary oblivion. But even though this music is designed for broad appeal, it does so with the natural, unforced ease of a seasoned showman. --Matthew Cooke

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Format: Audio CD
As soon as new album is available from Sting I tend to rush to the store to get it, as I did this Tuesday. And as usual high expectations have been met yet again. This album maintains an incredibly high standard that this guy has set for himself over the last twenty-odd years. If you want to know how to mould drum'n'bass to jazz and not make it sound a disaster, listen to 'Never Coming Home', some of the best piano playing you will hear all year from Jason Rebello. If you love intelligent music that sounds as though the artist actually thought about what he was doing, you must buy this. I just want to know how this man is managing to get better with every year and every album. He is one if handful of artists who's albums I actually look forward to and never get disappointed. Only another three or four years till the next one, no doubt. The wait has been worth it as always.
Thanks for one of the best albums I've heard in a long time.
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Format: Audio CD
I am a huge Sting fan, seeing him in concert several times, owning rare imports, soundtracks, concerts, b-sides, collaborations, and practically every piece of music he has ever published. I anxiously awaited his new album, "Sacred Love" only to have the biggest letdown in my music-buying history. I gave it a chance and played the album several times hoping at least one song would stand out. I am sorry to say that this album is a waste of time and money. Sting has tried to refine himself each album, going from the rockin' new age Police to his departure to jazz which actually broke into top 40 and each album since has inched into adult contemporary. Sting, what has happened to you? This album is terrible! I will not be buying tickets for his latest tour (words I thought I would never utter) because I can't stand to hear even one song from his album live. Look, if you are hungry like I am for some new Sting music, try searching through Amazon for "Sting at the Movies" or for some of his b-sides and imports. They are far superior to this horrible album and will at least whet your appetite for Sting...at least for now...
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OK, so I'm not too sure what that meant, either. But this album is a joy to listen to...and a necessity.
Sting's songwriting has been a blue print for generations of songwriters. He crafts words and music into poetry...which he sings with his smooth, sly, enchanting voice. A superb instrumentalist, Sting's music combines just about every single genre of music that's out there...heck, "Send Your Love" features superb flamenco guitar playing by Vicente Amigo. Put that next to the song's remix at the end of the album...and you realize this is a culturaly, musically diverse album.
Sting's delivery of "Dead Man's Rope" is intoxicating, for lack of a better word; the title track is a journey through the very meaning of the word "delightful enchantment." "Forget About the Future" and "This War" take tongue-in-cheek to a whole new level, while "Whenever I Say Your Name" is only beautifully written, but is sung with pure and unbridled emotion (thanks in part to duet partner Mary J. Blige).
"Sacred Love" may not be Sting's best; I don't have all of his albums, so I can't say. But he's come a long way since he led the rock group The Police, and the journey was probably for the better. Here, Sting sounds confident of himself and his talents--and he has every right to be. He is, no doubt about it, one of music's best.
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By A Customer on May 26 2004
Format: Audio CD
First of all - I love Sting. I've seen him in concert (and I'm poor so buying a ticket was a big deal to me). I own most of his albums (again a money issue or I'd own ALL of them) and I love the Police.
Anyway, I'm listening to this album and liking it well enough. Then, out of the blue, I hear a couple of Christian references. I think its a fluke. I keep washing dishes. Later - I hear a few more, and then a few more. And then I replay a few songs because I can't believe my ears and I'm screaming to my husband, "Sting has gone all Christian on us!!"
You cannot believe how this changes the music. You know how Christian music all sort of sounds the same, because the words are always centered around spirituality? Well that's what happens to this album. I was soooo disappointed. The Christian aspect ruined the music for me.
I've always loved Sting for his brilliant song-writing and his thought-provoking lyrics. Now his lyrics only provoke me to think about Christianity - a hateful religion (towards anyone who isn't a believer)which promotes other people to burn in hell.
Sorry Sting, but this blew it for me - your #1 Fan.
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Format: Audio CD
Like many, I'm sure, I skipped through the tracks on this cd when I first got it, hoping to find 4-5 that I immediately liked. Initially, I remember being disappointed. However, after a few weeks, I only have one thing to say: WOW.
As for the criticism, we have to first remember that unlike most musicians today, Sting is still, first and foremost...an artist. As such, his art (or music) is going to be an expression. It's obvious from listening to this cd that Sting's been going through some deep stuff internally, and it has naturally manifested itself into his music.
I have to say I agree with the review by "Hounds" found elsewhere on this site. There's definitely one Tribute song here, if not more. This shouldn't be a surprise - you can see a gradual transformation of Sting over his past couple releases where, if you know what to look for, you can sense his growing interest in the spiritual/God/whatever you want to call it.
Ironically, I think this album will probably go down as one of Sting's "worst", though, from the standpoint of the general population of music fans. Mostly because the lyrics in many of the songs are meaningless to most, but extremely powerful to some. In many ways, I wonder if this is more of a 'Gospel' cd cleverly disguised as popular music. In "Whenever I Say Your Name" (my absolute favorite), "The Book of My Life" and "Send Your Love", Sting may simply be crying out to his Creator...meanwhile, the world perhaps hears a song that makes no sense whatsoever. To me, that's the beauty of this cd.
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