I read other people's reviews on other websites. Here's their comments:
"Who is going to listen to this on a regular basis?"
"Don't bother--you can have my copy."
"[An] Abomination" It hurts your ears."
That was their opinion. This is mine: I'm allegedly a trained musician. I'm an oboist - about the hardest instrument you could wish to learn to play. I bought "Songs from The Labyrinth" a week ago. I have listened, and re-listened, to Sting's interpretation, at least 10 times. I can't get enough of it. I'm listening to it over and over. He's made Dowland accessible to me, like no one else, however good they are, ever managed to do. Sure, his voice is rough and ready. That makes his interpretation even better.
Kudos to Sting for having the guts to do something like this. I hope he does another. I hope he does it soon.