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The former jazzman-turned-punk is now more middle-of-the-road than a yellow stripe. But Ten Summoner's Tales is by far the most engaging of his solo records. The singles "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You" and "Fields of Gold" prove the man can lighten up long enough to go deep. "She's Too Good For Me" would have been a good Police single if it weren't for the pseudo-classical midsection that takes its joke far too seriously. Still, you wish he would loosen up and enjoy the rock once in a while. --Robert Wilonsky
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"Love Is Stronger Than Justice" is the "Rock Steady" of this collection, telling another classic story framed with jouncy, guitar-driven backup. It's pretty much "The Magnificent Seven" with a fraternal rivalry twist. "She's Too Good For Me" is a resumé of all the things a man's girlfriend hates about him, leading him to come to the title conclusion. "Seven Days" is another excellent, funny "listing" song, running down the reasons why a man should or shouldn't confront his rival for a lady's affections. "It's Probably Me" is a jazzy/bluesy number of a man talking to a lady, reminding her of the things he's done for her.
There seems to be a theme of contentiousness of some sort running through all the songs on this album, with Sting's characters having SOME problems with their ladies, usually some character trait she doesn't like or a rival that he feels shouldn't be there. His characters also seem to want some measure of privacy, reveling in it in "Nothin' 'Bout Me".
Sting was the writer laureate of The Police, and albums like "Zenyatta Mondatta", "Ghost In The Machine" and "Synchronicity" gave strong hints as to the direction he was going with his songwriting. They come to full fruition with "Nothing Like The Sun" and have a great addendum with "Ten Sumner's Tales".Read more ›
Sting starts off with another killer single, "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You". Again, his trademark soaring vocals elevate a standard radio song into something altogether more elegant.
"Love is Stronger Than Justice" shows off his polyrhythmic bent, and also indicates his new country-tinged songwriting. At least one song off every subsequent album will have this new "flavor" that he had not explored previously. See "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying" or "Fill Her Up"...
"Fields of Gold" is another simply beautiful song in the Sting canon. It has a classic simple sound that will not age one iota. It's the type of song that anyone from an R&B singer to a punk band could cover, and cover well.
"Heavy Cloud No Rain" goes nowhere, and "She's Too Good For Me" is an OK rave-up.
"Seven Days" returns Sting to the arena of cool, polyrhythmic, off-tempo yet immediately accessible pop.
"Saint Augustine in Hell"...sorry, I don't have any idea what to say about this one. I don't get it...maybe I'm lacking something in some way.
"It's Probably Me" is perfectly fine, but I really enjoyed the original much much more. If you haven't heard it, you're missing out. It's from the "Lethal Weapon" films...I think number 3.
"Shape Of My Heart" is another excellent ballad, and "Something The Boy Said" is kind of interesting.
"Nothing 'Bout Me" is a terrific little rocker that ends the album on a high note.
If you are interested in the Sting canon, you'll probably end up buying this eventually...I think it's a tad overrated.
Two of the songs were, in fact, on the Greatest Hits collection. Although, I am convinced that the producers of Sting's greatest hits refrained from including one of Sting's greatest songs ever written; namely, 'Seven Days,' which is on this CD.
The arrangement of the songs, as they play in sequence on this CD, is wonderful. Every songs seems to follow the other like a nicely flowing logical statement. There is actually not a bad song in the entire lot. However, some of the better songs, in my opinion are: Fields of Gold, Seven Days and, Shape of My Heart.
Lyrically, Sting is strong. All the songs, in perfect Sting fashion, tell a nice story, make a certain point, or discuss a certain issue. Sting proves that good music can also have a good point.
If you are just getting acquainted with Sting, or are a big Police fan, then you will not want to be without this CD. However, if you are big fan of Sting's then I am merely preaching to the choir on this one.
The song's display a marked focus that seems to be fading in his recent work (the decent "Brand New Day" and the lackluster "Sacred Love"). Each song is instantly memorable, and the musicians on hand all decorate Sting's beautifully straight-forward tunes with their talents.
From Drummer Vinnie Colaiuta's bombastic and sickeningly grooving work on "Seven Days" and "Love Is Stronger Than Justice", keyboardist David Sancious' brilliant organ and piano solos, and guitarist Dominic Miller's trademark textured playing, this album truly lets them play out, contribute, and take the songs to a new level.
It is always Sting's remarkable songwriting that is the forefront, however. The album's lyrics truly have a storybook feel to them, each song's message instantly engaging. From the sweet love yarns of "Fields of Gold" and "If I Ever Lose My Faith" to the alarmingly vivid portrayals of war "Something the Boy Said" and the tug of infidelity "St. Augustine in Hell", the album sparkles with personality and smug English charm. Also prevalent is Sting's trademark British wit, as on his musings on the time-honored struggle to win a woman's affections from a meathead suitor on "Seven Days", my personal favorite.
I could go on forever about this album. Needless to say, if ever there was a defining Sting album, this is it (although "Nothing Like the Sun" is equally on par). If you even remotely enjoy Sting's music, pick this up, now. It will make a die-hard fan out of you.
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So many of the preceding reviews have echoed my sentiments about this album, and there's not much new that I can add. Read morePublished on June 16 2004 by G. Lara
The ex-Policeman's fourth solo album should been entitled 11 Summoner's Tales since there are eleven tracks. Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by andy8047
This CD has stood the test of time in my collection and is still fresh and relevant music in general. Read morePublished on May 21 2004 by G. Churchill
This cd reminds me of eating a hotdog and having ketcup drip on your shirt. Meaning, you enjoy it, but it leaves you annoyed after awhile.Published on April 27 2004 by 12 Eloquent Dots
Tracks 8,9 and 10 are my favorites and I call this trio of songs the Sting Suite (thought the songs don't actually connect)... Read morePublished on April 11 2004 by Armando M. Mesa
I'll be honest: I haven't heard 'em all, but this is the best of what I have heard. Albums like Synchronicity and The Dream of the Blue Turtles excite me and make me think I must... Read morePublished on Jan. 16 2004 by Gontroppo
Ten Summoner's Tales is a bit of a bummer really. All of Sting's songs are really upbeat, but some are a little silly. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003
This is by far the peak of Sting's career as a solo artist. To start off, he came up with the clever album title "Ten Summoner's Tales" which is a play on his given... Read morePublished on Dec 15 2003 by Glenn