on July 16, 2004
While Synchronicity may not be The Police's most musically technical album, it is their best. The songwriting on here is nothing short of amazing, even the non-single songs. "Every Breath You Take" is an ultimate classic, "King of Pain's" upbeat melody and melancholy lyrics are amazing, and "Wrapped Around Your Finger's" intense groove will all blow your mind. As previously stated, there's real jems here that weren't singles, such as "Synchronicity I & II," "Murder by Numbers," and "O My God." The technical production on the album is also fantastic, with a clear, punchy sound, a stark contrast to the bloated deep rumble of late 70's rock and disco. This album is essential for any fan of The Police and/or 80's music, and should be required listening for anyone trying to start their own power trio.
on October 16, 2001
I am not the biggest fan of the Police at this juncture. However, I will admit that there are many creative moments on this Synchronicity Release. I tend to prefer the more eclectic songs therefore my favorite track is the extra CD track, Murder By Numbers. The jazz drumming by Stewart Copeland is super and Sting sure is in fine voice on that track. Walking In Your Footsteps, Wrapped Around Your Finger, and Tea In The Sahara are other stimulating tracks that utilize some unconventional rhythms. I love the line in Wrapped Around Your Finger-"When You Find Your Servant Is Your Master." A good message for those who think that they are all that.
Truthfully, the two singles Every Breath You Take and King Of Pain I find to be among the weaker tunes on the record. Whereas Every Breath You Take has some touching lyrics, I find the song to be too structured and the arrangement to be too plain. King Of Pain has a few good special effects thrown in but basically has a boring structure as well. None the less these songs are at least listenable when compared to the Andy Summers sung track Mother. How could the band even think of releasing such an annoying track.
None the less the good outweighs the bad here. Most fans of the band should enjoy this just fine.
on August 1, 2000
Synchronicity is a better-than-good album from The Police. It has good energy and creativity. There are eleven tracks, and the album is in a progressive pop direction. "Mother" is the only tune that I have a hard time listening to. The music to the song is pretty cool, but the vocals are annoying. A lot of the songs on Synchronicity have an atmospheric quality to them that's very nice. Sting's vocals are good, and the album's musicianship, songwriting, and production are tight. Some of the songs that I like are "Every Breath You Take," "Wrapped Around Your Finger," and "Synchronicity II." "Tea in the Sahara" is also a relaxing and atmospheric tune. This is quite an enjoyable and impressive album. I actually give it 3.5 stars. It's well worth a listen.
on December 7, 2014
For each of us The POLICE bring back a personal moment, whether that is watching the movie where Eddie Murphy sings Roxanne so badly, or something more personal does not matter, for me the POLICE are forever tied to a road trip and the CD Synchronicity driving alone thru the rocky mountains keeping just ahead of a rain storm and playing this CD. It was beautiful on that highway with the black clouds in my rear view mirror and the top off my Mazda. I only had a few CD's on that trip that really stuck with me, this was one of them, Best of Badfinger, and "The Very Best of John Lennon" these remain in my memory the Police the most however because of where I was and the scenery when I had it playing at one point...Wow !!! That is the thing about GOOD Music it transpires a single moment in time, we connect it to other things in our lives good or bad If the music is good enough it moves thru the moment and connects you and the time so that when later you hear that song or see pictures of that place you think of that song again. If the music is really good then the words will connect as well and then the connection becomes extremely powerful, the words, visuals, your thoughts, the actions of the moment, both of yours and if your lucky others all become a dance in the traffic thus creating a synchronicity of events. It may only last for a few seconds but if you are aware enough to catch this all happening around you, with you, and in concert with the music playing for you the event is extremely hard to forget...Spigomars
on September 9, 2013
First let me start off by saying im not a huge Police fan. Im a huge music lover and it is very rare for me to like only the hits. Im not a huge fan of their early white raggae style i find the songs boring, silly and forced. So when did The Police come into their own??? on 1981's Ghost In The Machine. As far as song writing goes Invisible Sun and Spirits In The Material World are excellent and two of my favorite Police songs. the general consensus is that Synchronicity is The Police's best album and i totally agree. Synchronicity is also their most consistant album im actually glad Sting wrote all but two of the songs. I havent read all of the reviews for this but i hope some people arent rating this their best album because of the three huge hit songs that have been all over the radio since 1983. Of the three hits i hope to never hear Every Breath You Take Again. King Of Pain and Wrapped Around Your Finger havent gotten tiresome for me yet. As far as filler is concerned im not crazy about Walking In Your Footsteps i like the message behind it but some of the lyrics are laughable. As a humor junkie i think Mother is a great tune (except for Andy's over the top vocals). My all time favorite Police song is the upbeat rocker Synchronicity Part 2. This albums is softer and granted it does not have the energy of previous albums but Synchronicity 2 makes up for that. Tea In The Sahara and Murder By Numbers are both excellent tracks and both very well written. Synchronicity is a more mature album in the playing and songwriting department that is why most fans recognize it as their best. Some of the songs here would have fit right in on Sting's first solo album Dream Of The Blue Turtles. If you only need to own one Police album make sure it is this one, the other albums are pretty weak outside of 1 or 2 hits. (Pardon my poor grammer)
on June 5, 2008
The Police were one of the biggest (if not the biggest) bands in the 80s. This album had many chart topping hit singles as well as chart topping album sales. It's safe to say that the band will never record again, but this album is definitly no disgrace as an end to their recording career.
The opening track, Synchronicity I starts things off with a bang. Catchy melody, excellent vocals and informs you of good things to come. Walking in Your Footsteps is a song about the dinosaurs and has a very African sound to it. The song is about how humans are following the path of dinosaurs towards extinction. Going back the sound on Ghost in the Machine, O My God is heavy on syth and horns and is a very underrated track in the Police catalog. Mother is a bizarre change of pace with Andy Summers taking the lead vocal and is also quite humorus at the same time. One of their most entertaining songs. Going back to their reggae influences, Miss Gradenko is a fun, catchy song and is a great singalong. Though it could have been a little longer.
The second half of the album starts strong with Synchronicity II, by far the bands most aggressive track. Sting is at his absolute best on this song with the "woaaahhhh" parts and will have you moving your head along with the beat in no time. Andy and Stewart also have excellent performances on this track. Every Breath You Take, by far the bands most popular song is very nice but dark at the same time. Many people see it as a love song, but it's a song about obsession. Just read the lyrics closely with that in mind. King of Pain is the best song performed by the band and nobody overpowers one over the other, all 3 deliver a perfectly smooth performance. Wrapped Around Your Finger, like King of Pain was another track where all 3 band members are shining. The keyboards are amazing aswell. Tea in the Sahara is very jazzy and is a blueprint for what Sting would be doing after the Police. Murder by Numbers is the albums weakpoint, but it's still a great song. Like the previous, this song has a very jazzy vibe to it and is very relaxing.
All 5 of the Police's studio albums are nothing short of amazing, but Synchronicity captures the band at it's finest.
on May 26, 2004
Less predicatble than Ghost in the Machine, more coherent than Zenyatta Mondatta, more tuneful than Outlandos D'Amors, and more emotional than Regatta da Blanc, Synchronicity is the best album by The Police. It starts off with the title track which is startling for being the best thing ever inspired by Carl Jung. (The contrast with Margaret Atwood and Robertson Davies is particularly noteworthy.) Then we have the eerie, nervous and always timely "Walking in our Footsteps," although now we have environmental disaster more to fear than nuclear war. The next song starts a tendency we will see on Sting's next two albums, in "Love is the Seventh Wave" and "We'll be Together," making a slight reference to a song in the previous album. There are few admirers of Andy Summer's "Mother," but as a portrait of hysterical neurosis, it has few echoes. Then we have Stewart Copeland's "Miss Gradenko," a nice nasty little portrait of a police state that had a lot less time than anyone would have thought in 1983. And finally on the first side we have "Synchronicity II," which was the third American single and one of Sting's more radical songs. This is a bitter song about modern life ("the secretaries pout and preen/like cheap tarts on a red light street...") full of pollution, madness, abuse of power with a supernatural undercurrent.
But of course it is the second side that has made this album's reputation. The last one, not originally on the record, is "Murder by Numbers," a sardonic little ditty and more subtle than later Sting songs like "History teaches Nothing." There is the genuinely strange "Tea in the Sahara," about unearthly sisters. And then, of course, there are the three songs about the collapse of marriage and love that are perhaps the Police's three most famous singles. It helps immensely that the object of "Wrapped Around Your Finger," is not a magus but a lover. And then there is the simplicity of "King of Pain." This is one of the best songs of the 1980s, or ever, but it is obviously overshadowed by its predecessor. Sting himself has commented on how people have thought "Every Breath You Take" is a love song. On one level this sounds alarming since the song is obviously about a stalker. But this is more than just the well-known phenomenon of not paying attention to the lyrics. There is a genuine sense of loss and feeling in the song which, while not love, is passionate enough to be confused with it. Passion and ambiguity, alone with all of The Police's special talents, make this one of the best five songs of the eighties.
on May 10, 2004
The Police's fifth, last and best album. Every Police album surpassed the previous, until they reached their pinnacle - Synchronicity.
On their early albums they sometimes tried to be too clever with the lyrics, ending up coming across as pretentious, while the music was good, but sometimes just didn't seem to flow properly. "Ghost in the Machine", their fourth album, is the first album where they got it all together, and Synchronicity builds on this. That said, their first three albums were not bad at all, all worthy of at least three stars, and perhaps even four.
Synchronicity strikes the perfect balance: tight yet creative, finely crafted, yet with enough rawness to not feel over-produced. Andy Summers' guitaring was never as silky and crafted, Stewart Copeland's drumming never as powerful, or timing as efficient. Sting's bass was just perfect - pronounced and confident, yet not overbearing. His vocals were superb, as always.
The radio-hits "Every breath you take", "King of Pain" and "Wrapped around your finger" are clearly great songs, the former especially, but the hidden gem is "Synchronicity I". "Walking in your footsteps" is another great and under-rated Police track.
It was ironic that relations between the band members were at their worst during the making of this album, if the documentaries are to be believed. They seemed to get better the more they fought! Maybe the duress brought out the best in them, like when Fleetwood Mac made Rumours.
Sad to consider that this was their last album, just when they hit their peak. Imagine the music they would have made if they could have stayed together for a few more years...well, we'll never know. Especially as Sting's solo stuff is no indication of what might have been, being rather boring and pretentious and falling well short of The Police in quality.
on March 17, 2004
With Synchronicity, the Police's 1983 swansong, it was clear that they had reached a peak that was also a cul-de-sac, that their style had evolved as far as it could go, but at least it was a triumph that yielded them their only US #1 single. The Police had a big hit with their previous release with "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic", so the followup would've yielded a belly flop or a swan dive. Synchronicity is clearly the latter.
Gossamer keyboards, pneumatic drumming forming the backbone, guitar riffs introduce the title track, which weaves scientific and psychological principles with something Carl Jung studied, i.e. synchronicity. One of their best songs.
An open letter to a dinosaur? Sting discusses the similarities between those "terrible lizards" and man, the lords of the Earth in the Mesozoic and Cenozoic Eras respectively. Of course, the dinosaurs became extinct 65 million years ago (that first lyric 50 million years might mean geology wasn't up Sting's alley) due to the asteroid collision. Are we humans, by having atom bombs, "Walking In Your Footsteps"? Are we museum-bound too then?
Now a complaint to God, set to a brisk bass and keyboards. "O My God" explores the usual issues of loneliness and asks God to "take the space between us and fill it up some way." Oh, Sting takes lyrics from an older song, something he would do a lot on his solo albums. Here, uses the first verse of "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic."
The straitjacket rhythm and sounds of "Mother" along with Sting's loud demented vocals qualify this as either one of the worst Police songs ever or an eerie and weird novelty penned by Andy Summers, like what "Revolution 9" was to the Beatles. The Freudian Oedipal complex concept that men tend to marry women that resemble their mothers is key here: "Well, every girl I go out with becomes my mother in the end." Extra padding needed and make sure those straps are tight.
Is "Miss Gradenko" experiencing a kind of personal glasnost two years before Gorbachev came into power? After all, "your uniform doesn't fit/you're much too alive in it." The equating of true feelings with anti-communism.
"Synchronicity II" is by far the most interesting song, as it takes the frustrations of a factory worker whose unrewarding life at home, work, and on the way back from work may cause him to snap. Intercut with his story is a brief reference to something crawling out of a dark Scottish lake. By the time the husband gets back home, it's in front of a cottage. The monster clearly represents the dark side of his nature. A wonderful rocker with a pulsing bass.
The timelessness of "Every Breath You Take" and that opening bass line, the constant rhythm guitar, those relaxing and uplifting keyboards in the midsection makes this one of my favourite songs of all time, although that "I'll be watching you" line does make it a bit on the obsessive side. It got the Grammy for Record of the Year in 1983, and it spent 8 weeks at Billboard's top spot. One of my personal favourites.
The next single, the Top Five "King Of Pain," demonstrates the interconnectedness of politico-social consciousness. Be it the "skeleton choking on a crust of bread", "a blue whale beached on a springtide's ebb," that's his soul up there.
Another Top Ten single with its organ-like keyboards, the moody "Wrapped Around Your Finger" demonstrates the classic reversal between master and servant. Sting's classics knowledge is apparent, referring to Faust, Scylla and Charybdis from the Odyssey.
The curious "Tea In The Sahara" is a languid airy number that foresees Dream Of The Blue Turtles, as does the moody piano jazz of "Murder By Numbers," a guide to how to become a murderer, with a pointed punchline: "but you can reach the top of your profession/if you become the leader of the land/for murder is the sport of the elected/and you don't need to lift a finger of your hand."
So, from the punk of Outlandos D'Amour, the reggae of Regatta de Blanc, up to Synchronicity, the chapter to the Police closed abruptly, except for the remake of "Don't Stand So Close To Me."
on September 28, 2003
'Synchronicity' is one of those albums that any serious music lover should own. The Police were at the height of their popularity in 1983, but more importantly at the height of their musical powers. This was the album they had in them, and were working towards. Sting's lyrics had evolved from punkish, and somewhat immature songs about blow-up dolls and youthful angst, to complex psychological character studies and social commentary (built on from their previous, 'Ghost In The Machine'). Andy Summers and Stuart Copland were just as equally important as Sting in creating the sound of the group; Summers was quite the unsung guitar hero, rarely taking an overblown amp-shredding solo, but always playing interesing harmonies for the good of the song.
'Synchonicity' is a totally different beast from the early white-reggae 'Outlandos D'Amour' singles. The two title tracks are upbeat, dark, complex, yet very tuneful, while 'Tea In The Sahara' is a slow, atmospheric end to the album. ('Murder By Numbers' is a b-side which was added on to the cassette and cd issues, while a very cool, catchy song, it sounds a bit odd at the end, and I'm not one too picky about that kind of stuff.) The hits on the album get the most attention, especially 'Every Breath You Take', but the album works best as a unified work and not a platform for a big hit single. The Police went out on top, but it would be interesting to see how they would have continued as a group when looking at Sting's solo career.