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The Soul Cages [Enhanced]

Sting Audio CD
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1. Island Of Souls
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5. Why Should I Cry For You
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The somber, personal Soul Cages is a testament to Sting's strength as a storyteller. Each song creates its own dark, lonely world with recurring themes of sea, ships, and filial love. The album opens with the wistful, virtually mist-drenched "Island of Souls," a tale of a shipbuilder's son orphaned by an accident who dreams of the open sea. Later, that sea becomes a prison for a lovelorn sailor in "Why Should I Cry for You?" Throughout, Sting dispenses with the conventions of pop lyrical structure. Saxophones, oboe, and Northumbrian pipes reinforce the folksy feel of the instrumentation. Arguably the best song on the album, "Mad About You" is a mystical ballad about a king who has everything except the woman he loves. Grand, elegiac, and allegorical, Soul Cages stands as one of Sting's most downcast recordings, and one of his most compelling. --Courtney Kemp

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great value! March 29 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Showed up in perfect condition! I've been hunting high and low for this CD. I'm glad to own it again.
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4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful and original May 22 2004
Format:Audio CD
I bought this album years after it came out, having only heard "All This Time" and "Why Should I cry for you." I am still exploring this one, but so far I find it absolutely beautiful. I love the themes of sailors and the sea, which recurs frequently. The melodies are great, for example "Why should I cry for you," and the lyrics are better than any other rock/pop album I have ever heard. ("in the sodium light," "fussing and flapping in priestly black like a murder of crows.") I think Sting has described this as his "most misunderstood" album. I don't claim to understand everything Sting says on it, but I certainly like it. Not as upbeat as some of his other CDs, but that doesn't detract from it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Pinnacle of Sting's Illustrious Career Feb. 18 2004
Format:Audio CD
After erasing doubts that he could float in a post-Police world with two solid solo albums, Sting entered a period of grief-induced writer's block caused by the death of his father, whose approval and affection Sting had always sought but never received. It took finally facing up to the ghost of his father, and making amends with him. This is what we see on The Soul Cages, a brilliant marriage of pain, regret, sorrow and finally emotional liberation. This albums reads and plays like a beautiful, sad novel; one that takes more than one read to really understand. With Sting's father as the main thematic focal point, Northumbrian Pipes open "Island of Souls," where the story of Billy and his shipbuilding father is told. This long elegy subtly displays Sting's musical prowess, with a strange time signature (classic Sting) and a dark, brooding vocal. Next is "All This Time," one of Sting's most popular songs. It also tells the story of a man and his father, and the gap between them, but it is veiled and never obvious. This album can be very mysterious and difficult to uncover, but it is most definitely worth the effort. "Mad About You" and "Jeremiah Blues" stray from the father/son theme, but provide more of Sting's brilliant arrangements and storytelling (Mad About You is about King David and his desire to be with Bathsheba). The next track highlights the emotional climax and despair of the album: "Why Should I Cry For You?" is by far the most moving song here. The depth of the lyrics (full of nautical references and symbolism regarding his father and he) will move the listener, and it is here that you begin to truly understand the struggle inside the songwriter. This song is so heavy that Sting has admitted he placed the beautiful instrumental "St. Read more ›
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not fun to listen to. Feb. 17 2004
Format:Audio CD
Nor is it supposed to be, I guess. After two relatively upbeat and joyful records, Sting puts together one of the saddest albums I think I have ever heard.
It's not an album you'll turn to frequently, and I understand it is considered a favorite amongst the rabid Sting followers.
I consider myself a pretty involved fan myself, yet I can go years without hearing this one.
The other reviews do a good job of conveying what is actually on the record, but honestly, it's the one Sting record that you have to work to sit through.
Though it does get me thinking about one thing. I think when the day comes that my own father passes away, this just might the first record I turn to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sting's Best Jan. 29 2004
Format:Audio CD
I'm always amazed at the number of people who confess to liking Sting but never heard this album. As highly as I think of his newest cd this one still is the top of the heap. It's obvious that he was dealing with some very painful issues in these songs and the angst and emotion really shine through in his vocals and lyrics. The depth of the sound is fabulous and the song structures, arrangements and instrumentation are incomparable to anything before or since. It's almost as if he knew if he didn't get these songs out of his system he'd never be able to move on to lighter and more varied fare. His voice on "Soul Cages" is unforgettable in its menace. "Mad about You" is as tight a track as he's ever recorded and "Why should I cry" is an absolute lyrical epiphany. You can't hear it and not be moved.
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5.0 out of 5 stars it resonates and haunts long after it's done Jan. 11 2004
Format:Audio CD
As good as some of his other solo efforts are, this is my favorite. Yes, it's his darkest record and in some ways, the most un-Sting like he's made. As bad as a metaphor as this might be, the album keeps coming on relentlessly like the sea he evokes and builds to a musical peak on the title track. Whether it was the need to say the unsaid to his recently passed away father or simply say goodbye, there's an underlying emotion that drives the album with no letup. It's passionate, melancholic, tinged with regret and even a little anger, and holds together as a whole work better than anything else he's done (including "synchronicity").

It's not for everyone. If you're attached to Ten summoners (a terrific record as well), it's quite the opposite and might be a tough listen. But if it's for you, it's immensely rewarding.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stages of Grief and The Soul Cages Jan. 5 2004
Format:Audio CD
I love this record and was just reading the reviews for amusement. The one thing I haven't seen anyone mention is the direct corelation between The Soul Cages and the 5 stages of grief. The next time you listen to this record think about how the songs direct relate to these stages. It always blew me away that Sting had such a clear plan when he laid out this record. Listen and make your own opinion.
Stage 1: Denial
Stage 2: Anger
Stage 3: Bargaining
Stage 4: Depression
Stage 5: Acceptance
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4.0 out of 5 stars Sting's most introspective work
The Soul Cages (1991) came out nearly four years after "...Nothing Like the Sun" and folks had been wondering when he would release another set of new music. Read more
Published on July 3 2003 by Jack Fitzgerald
5.0 out of 5 stars By Far the best Sting ever has made
This CD I bought when it came out, and was shocked at the harsh atmosphere. But I liked it, and it is very good to hear. I recommend this cd over any in his catalog. Read more
Published on May 21 2003 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars the best Sting album (why does tragedy make beautiful music)
In my view, Sting overcomes personal tragedies to make very beautiful music. "The Soul Cages" is for the most part a dark record, but still very beautiful. Read more
Published on April 6 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Arguably his best solo work
I have a love-hate relationship with Sting. Sure, he writes decent songs, and sure, he is the most succesfull ex-member of the Police in his solo career, but while with the... Read more
Published on March 22 2003 by "deltafront"
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums EVER!!!!
I've got some time on my hands (Imagine that) and I haven't written a review in probably a year so I thought why not review one of my favorite cd's of ALL time. Read more
Published on Nov. 29 2002 by "stuca999"
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Sting's Best
_The Soul Cages_ can almost be considered the "lost" Sting album. His least commercially successful, it only yielded one "hit" ("All This Time") and its depressing nature seemed... Read more
Published on Nov. 12 2002 by Kevin Caffrey
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