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From one spin of The Dream of the Blue Turtles, Sting's first solo release, it's obvious that for him there would be life beyond the Police. Teamed with a band of top jazz players, he presents his musical visions that had gone unrealized while he was still constrained by his former ensemble. In style and subject matter, it's a decidedly diverse collection of songs and the playing is excellent throughout. The love songs are mostly focused on endings or escapes, and it's quite possible to interpret much of the imagery in reference to the bitter breakup of the Police. Sting's concern with history and politics is in evidence: he makes a father's plea for sanity and restraint in the nuclear age, takes up for the U.K.'s much-abused coal miners, and relates the savage stupidity of World War I to the destructive effects of adolescent heroin addiction. Songs that seem elaborately constructed and recorded contrast with others that are presented as one-take jams. Seen as a whole, The Dream of the Blue Turtles is eclectic, ambitious--sometimes pretentious--but altogether worth owning. --Al Massa
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When this album arrived, you should take it as a huge compliment that I didn't hate him for breaking up my favorite band. I liked it. And as I have grown up, I have also grown to love it.
"If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free" was the album's first single, and as singles go, it's fine. The tune lets the listener know that Sting would be incorporating his beloved jazz into the modern pop form. He turned a greeting card slogan into a Top Ten single without embarrassing himself.
"Love Is The Seventh Wave" is a joyous singalong, with a lilting reggae beat. Of note, here he starts echoing old songs in his fadeouts, usually one per album. Listen for the lyrical snips from "Every Breath You Take" and smile.
Sting has always been vocal about his political positions, routinely getting lambasted by the press and public. With "Russians", his point is simple, and hardly arguable...being that he hopes the Russians love their children too. Yes it's overdone and hamfisted, but here's a guy saying exactly what he thinks in a very clear manner, getting the "message to the masses".
There are three mini-movies on the album. 'Children's Crusade" somehow blends images from WW1 with modern day drug abuse scenarios, and it works. This is also significant for being an early example of the intricate tempo changes Sting for which he has a penchant.
"We Work The Black Seam" empathizes with the plight of miners, and the percussive, xylophone-like motif mimics the repetitive mechanical motion of marching, hammering, bearing heavy loads of coal...it's vivid.Read more ›
The most impressive thing about this CD is that it was done with no help from the Police. They were on the verge of breakup at this time, yet no one thought that Sting could pull off a solo album without his companions. In fact, most people pronounced it commercial suicide. But guess who had the last laugh?
This CD has reggae, rock, jazzy ballads, pop, and lots of other elements that you can't hate. Nearly every song can stand on its own, which you can't really say about the latest Sting releases. Work the Black Seam, Children's Crusade, Fortress Around Your Heart, and Moon Over Bourbon Street are just a few.
Nothing Like The Sun and the Soul Cages followed suit, and If I Ever Loose My Faith In You was the last great song that Sting gave us. If you like pop, you will love Dream of the Blue Turtles.
On the first song, Sting provides a "sequel" or antedote to "Every Breath You Take". Sting has used EBYT as a foundation for much of his future work, but this song stands completely on its own. It's a great opening song to an album because the tone of the Rock and Jazz fusion is set immediately. It also captures some great lyrics and metaphors. This verse hits the mark when he says:
"If its a mirror you want, just look into my eyes
Or a Whipping Boy - not someone to despise
Or a Prisoner in the Dark
Tied up in Chains that you can't see".
The only thing this song is guilty of is overplaying on the radio, but its an absolute gem to listen to.
"Love is the Seventh Wave" also uses part of EBYT foundation at the end when Sting references of "Every Breath You Take". This is a much lighter song, but also filled with lots of stuff to look at lyrically. First Sting references things beautiful in the world such as Oceans and Trees, then later the tone gets a little more serious with references of bloodshed, weopons, armies, missiles, and greed. But he points out that Love is still the a power in itself by saying "Love is the 7th Wave". This song was released as a single but really never got the airplay it so richly deserved.
"Russians" is a pure political song - less of a Jazz theme here than the first 2.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Still listen to this years later. Replaces my old tape cassette.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
After four albums with the Police,Gordon Sumner aka Sting retired from the force and went out on his own. Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by andy8047
Just listen to it, and you'll hear why 5 stars are not enough. One of the eternal "10 desert island albums".Published on June 4 2004
This one is the must get of all Sting solo albums. Sadly, I stopped buying Sting CD's in the early 90's because I thought they each gradually got worse and worse. Read morePublished on April 23 2004
i'm a number one sting's fan.
this CD is the most powerfull for me and i tell you why.
the firist time i hear the song:"fortress around your heart"
i feal... Read more
Sting's first solo album is also Sting's best. This is definitely his most upbeat work. Every song is good and "We work the Black Seam" and "Fortress Around Your... Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003
This is one of the best stings album ever...after he left the Police nobody thought that he will return to more jazz/soul oriented music and that he will make a modern pop... Read morePublished on Aug. 9 2003 by Mike Chadwick