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|9. The Book of My Life|
|10. Sacred Love|
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
Most recent customer reviews
When I first bought this CD I thought it was one of Sting's best. Now that I've listened to it many times, I think my first impression was right. Read morePublished on July 17 2004
It's obvious that Sting is a holy prophet sent by God above. The message in his music is one of transcending love and hope. How can you go wrong with that?
I can not understand any of these negative reviews. This Album deserves a chance. After listening to it several times, I just love it. Read morePublished on July 7 2004
He's anything but prolific--he releases an album every three or four years with only ten new songs. So why can't Sting make all ten count? Read morePublished on June 18 2004 by Richard Nelson
This album is by far musically set aside from his previous albums. Lyrically Sting has not changed a bit. Read morePublished on June 6 2004 by Josh
I love Sting's work, but this album's songs were not up to his usual brilliance. Adding a tired voice like Mary J Bilge just shows a desire to try to pull in an audience that... Read morePublished on May 13 2004
I almost hesitated to purchase this CD after reading some not so good reviews. I'm so glad I chose to ignore them. This CD is stirring and moving and classic Sting. Read morePublished on May 11 2004
Sadly, this truly gifted artist wastes his talents on the moronic cadences of hip-hop and "world-music." I re-sold the CD at a garage sale for 75 cents.Published on May 8 2004 by Yeats54
He crossed the border from pompous reggae-influenced pop/punk with the Police [a great thing] to solo pompous ersatz pap-meister [a very bad thing], menacing us for nearly 2... Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by J. christian