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My boy Stingsy strikes again!! (the first time)
on July 14, 2004
There are but two extraneous songs on this album: "The Lazarus Heart" and "The Secret Marriage". Other than those two, this album is a diamond mine of excellent music, done by what has to be the most professional solo artist to appear on the scene in the last quarter century.
Sting is a better lyricist than Paul McCartney, at least as good a tunesmith as Donovan, who he bares a strong aesthetic link to, is intelligent, literate and probably just what Malcolm McDowell would be if he ever swallowed a couple of nice-nice pills and took up music! Herr Sumner takes some very diverse idioms, like Hora music, (on "Straight To My Heart",) a first person narrative, ("Englishman In New York",) storytelling, ("Rock Steady",) a mournful waltz, ("They Dance Alone", one of the most soulful songs on the album,) and Caribbean calypso, ("We'll Be Together Tonight",) and presents it all as a cohesive whole that holds your attention from beginning to end. A good selection of eighties' ascendent jazz musicians aid the former Police-man on this incredible album.
Considering that NO ONE has produced music as good as this or "Ten Summoner's Tales" in over 25 years, I hope Sting has 1) His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2) Is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in a prominent spot and 3) Finally makes a good movie where he isn't playing a villain!