So many of the preceding reviews have echoed my sentiments about this album, and there's not much new that I can add. But, one element of this superb CD that deserves further praise is its overall composition.
Rarely is an album, when taken as a whole, as complete and integral as this one. Some others that come to mind: The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's; the 70's era Pink Floyd albums. There are a few others that I'm not able to recall at the moment. The point is, for all the individuality each song on this album carries, when I think of this CD, the thought isn't "I want to hear this song, or that one," it is "I want to hear that CD." To me, that is the criteron that makes this CD an absolute classic of its genre.
Sting is the rare artist who can define so purely his genre, pop, that he transcends it completely, extending the definition to places one never thought it could go.