Compare Offers on Amazon
The Soul Cages Enhanced
|Price:||CDN$ 15.00 & FREE Shipping on orders over CDN$ 25. Details|
Frequently Bought Together
Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought
|1. Island Of Souls|
|2. All This Time|
|3. Mad About You|
|4. Jeremiah Blues (Part 1)|
|5. Why Should I Cry For You|
|6. Saint Agnes And The Burning Train|
|7. The Wild Wild Sea|
|8. The Soul Cages|
|9. When The Angels Fall|
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
What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?
Top Customer Reviews
Sting was dealing with the death of his father, and that is reflected in these songs. The lyrics are full of father/son stories, images of fathers, and men working as shipbuilders, fishermen, and sailors. There are powerful metaphors of ships and the sea. This is a disk to be listened to when spending a winter weekend on a coastal shore when storms blow across the water and surf pounds the shore.
Sting's band is mostly the same cast as previous efforts, the modern jazzmen Manu Katche on drums, Kenny Kirkland on keys and Branford Marsalis on saxophone. An important addition is Dominic Miller on guitar, and there is more guitar overall than other Sting disks.
While the disk is uniformly strong throughout, there are some key tracks that I particularly enjoy.
"Island of Souls" is a rather dark leadoff song, but the lyric of a boy losing his father in a shipbuilding accident, and the boy's dreams of escape are very powerful.
"All This Time" is the top 'single' from this disk, the one you hear on the radio from time to time, and as catchy as anything Sting has ever written. Listening to the lyrics, however, you realize that this is about a visit by a couple priests come to give last rites over a father, and the narrator's wish to bury the old man at sea. Wonderful imagery with lines like "fussing and flapping in priestly black/like a murder of crows."
"The Wild Wild Sea" is driven by Miller's guitar, and the timing of Sting's vocal.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I bought this album years after it came out, having only heard "All This Time" and "Why Should I cry for you. Read morePublished on May 22 2004 by brian phillips
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. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004 by M J Heilbron Jr.
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by Rollie Anderson
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. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2004 by CT music fan
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by Carl Meadows
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 morePublished on May 21 2003 by Hutch
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 morePublished on April 6 2003