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Ten Summoner's Tales [Enhanced]

Sting Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A cohesive composition June 16 2004
By G. Lara
Format:Audio CD
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sting's fourth solo album June 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
The ex-Policeman's fourth solo album should been entitled 11 Summoner's Tales since there are eleven tracks. The 11th and final track is entitled EPILOGUE(DON'T KNOW NOTHING ABOUT ME). This album was released a decade after the Police's last all-original album SYNCHRONICITY which was a megahit. Hits include IF I EVER LOSE MY FAITH IN YOU,FIELDS OF GOLD,SHAPE OF MY HEART,IT'S PROBABLY ME and EPILOGUE. Sting's first two albums,THE DREAM OF THE BLUE TURTLES and NOTHING LIKE THE SUN were megahits. 1991's THE SOUL CAGES wasn't so great. Sting's 3rd megahit was this album. All the other songs are good.
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This CD has stood the test of time in my collection and is still fresh and relevant music in general. Ten Summoner's Tales is an interesting play on Sting's last name, Sumner, but also invites a glance into your dusty copy of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales...The Summoner's Tale within proving that Sting has a very bizarre sense of humor (as if we couldn't tell that already.) I'll just let you look that up for yourself...it's not a story to relate in mixed company--at least not in modern english.
Many Sting fans proclaim this his best CD as each song sounds like a top ten hit yet none of them sound alike. He did have many popular hits off of this album but those that weren't played on the radio are equally as enjoyable.
I love Ten Summoner's Tales, yet it seems to be one of Sting's less experimental works. The bass fills my need to feel the music in my soul while the lyrics engage my mind and imagination.
--Probably the best CD I own.
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1.0 out of 5 stars stain on career April 27 2004
Format:Audio CD
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Boy Stingsy! April 12 2004
Format:Audio CD
This album, and "Nothing Like The Sun" are the only two male artist albums released in the 90s that were worth a damn, and wow, were they ever! Sting pretty much cemented his repuation as a literate rocker with this and the other album. No one was writing intelligent lyrics and memorable melodies like this man between 1990 and 2000. "Nothing" is the better album, but "Sumner's" sounds like "Nothing, Pt. II"

"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".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lot of Artistic Spirit April 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
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)...To me they represent what makes Sting one of the most gifted music writers, vocalists and performers of our time or generation. The man proves you need no flash or bombastic production numbers to prove your artistic worth. These tunes alone in their minimalist simplicity and intelligent lyrics of the soul speak in volumes.
As for the rest of the cd, the other tracks are incredible. There really is no way to categorize his music, nor do I want to ( Sting probably doesn't either).
My other recommendation is to also purchase the full surround sound DTS version of this timeless recording (providing your player and or receiver have the DTS chip to decode the channels). It's simply a must have for any true music and eclectic avid collector's library...
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4.0 out of 5 stars I don't think it's his best like the rest of you do, but...
...it's still pretty dang awesome.
Sting starts off with another killer single, "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You". Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2004 by M J Heilbron Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting's Best
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 more
Published on Jan. 16 2004 by Gontroppo
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best 'Individual' Sting CD
When I say this is the best 'individual' Sting CD, what I mean is, aside from Sting's greatest hits collection, this CD ranks best. Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2004 by T. B. Vick
3.0 out of 5 stars Ten Summoner's Tales Okay
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 more
Published on Dec 22 2003 by "beetlejuice3000"
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting's best work by far
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 more
Published on Dec 15 2003 by Glenn
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best....
This is by far one of my favorite Sting albums. All of the songs have a fun quality to them and they seem like Sting enjoyed making this album. I especially like St. Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2003 by Ken Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting at his all-time best
"Ten Summoner's Tales" has to be one of my all-time favorite albums. Sting was able to completely nail on the head the difficulty of combining a myriad of music styles,... Read more
Published on Oct. 5 2003 by Samuel W. Potter
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