|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|
Thanks for one of the best albums I've heard in a long time.
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.