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  • Audio CD (Sept. 28 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B00001QGQI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 587 customer reviews
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1. A Thousand Years
2. Desert Rose
3. Big Lie, Small World
4. After The Rain Has Fallen
5. Perfect Love...Gone Wrong
6. Tomorrow We'll See
7. Prelude To The End Of The Game
8. Fill Her Up
9. Ghost Story
10. Brand New Day

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STING Brand New Day (1999 UK 10-track enhanced CD album which includes the hit single Desert Rose featuring Cheb Mami picture sleeve)


There is a difference between being an inspired musician and an informed musician. Sting is the latter. As always, he surrounds himself with ultratalented artists: this time around Stevie Wonder, Branford Marsalis, James Taylor, guitarist Dominic Miller, and the prince of rai Cheb Mami, fill the roster. Brand New Day exhibits about as many musical styles as there are tracks, all encased in dense, meticulous production. The album begins promisingly. "A Thousand Years" pulses atop a lush, two-note foundation. "A Desert Rose" folds trilling Algerian pop into trip-hop. Melodic, late-night jazz ballads dominate the middle portion of the collection. But Sting's preoccupation with odd-numbered time signatures prevents the songs from grooving, while the choruses are yawns. "Fill Her Up" (no, not "Fill 'Er Up"), a country tune, represents Sting at his most self-indulgent. Listening to one of the wealthiest musicians in pop singing "Got no money to invest / Got no prospect / Or education / I was lucky to get the job at this gas station" requires a heroic suspension of disbelief. The song morphs into this gospel number where Sting and a supporting chorus chant "You gotta fill 'er up with Jesus! / You gotta fill her up with life!" Who knew unleaded could be so rousing? --Beth Massa

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Format: Audio CD
This will forever remind me of driving in the streets of Phoenix Arizona late at night when "A Thousand Years" came out of my car speakers. This album completely took me by storm especially after his previous outing "Mercury Falling" really dissapointed me. The title of this CD is just perfect because it is the best emphasis of a brand new sound that gave Sting a massive jumpstart and the result is not only the best album of 1999 but also one of my favorite albums of his ever. Musically, this CD is much darker than anything that he had done before and Sting dives into a more New Agey electronic trance sound but at the same time maintaining his trademark style and the results are absolutely amazing!
And deservedly so, this also put Sting back onto the pop charts with his biggest hit single in many years at this point in his career "Desert Rose" which is just stunningly beautiful. The other one is my favorite song of his ever which is the title track to this album.
However another favorite song however is track 8 "Fill Her Up". I could almost label this as like a mini-progressive pop epic because it's almost like three songs in one. It starts off being a really funny humorous country song but it morphs into radically different style and becomes a Gospel-oriented epic before finally morphing down into a jazz-oriented song. This is another favorite song of mines and one of Sting's best songs in many years.
This CD is almost like Sting's rejuvination in many ways. It helped re-invent Sting's sound and also gave him much needed chart success and for such an awful year for music with all of the teen pop junk that polluted the airwaves at that point in time, this album was a breath of fresh air. Highly recommended.
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Format: Audio CD
Well...I don't know why everyone is complaining about this. I'm tired of reading the review that says; Sting's previous work was much better....
I think that what makes Sting a great artist is that he never fails to bring in the new stuff, time is passing by and the man can't keep making albums like ''The Dream Of The Blue Turtles'' which already sounds a bit outdated today.
The biggest hit was probably ''Desert Rose'' along with ''Brand New Day''. Of course, I see that many reviewers were disappointed to realize that the track ''Desert Rose'' is here in it's original version, the song (when remixed by producer Victor Calderone) became a huge dance floor hit and spent 9 amazing weeks at the top of the sales charts. So for that version, I recommend the CD Single, which has Calderone's ''Melodic Club Mix'', the version that was used in the awesome video.
More or less, Sting's brooding and serious work has been put aside for a change, it's not a personal album from the man. It takes a turn for the upbeat side, managing to bring in Jazz, Hip-Hop, R&B and Rap.
My favorite tracks are: Desert Rose, Brand New Day, After The Rain Has Fallen, Ghost Story.
Overall, it's a great album (Dare I say one of his most popular)---- It may not break grounds like his previous, but you cannot say that this is bland, Cos that's definitely something it's not. Enjoy!
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After the limp and lifeless Mercury Falling, Sting returned to the public eye in late 1999 with Brand New Day. Dare I say, Brand New Day is worse.
Writers block was never something to plague Sting's abilities in the past having been able to craft five Police albums and four great solo albums. But Mercury Falling and Brand New Day represent a new low for the man where he not only relies on other musicians and producers for ideas, but manages to make a slew of ill-advised choices.
For example, take the song Perfect Love Gone Wrong. Normally, this would be an acceptable song thanks to its funky back-beat and counter-melody played by a muted trumpet. But then comes in the French rap. Oh my word. Holy smokes. This can't be happening. What on earth would make someone commit that to tape, listen to the playback and say "yeah, let's keep that."?
The rest of Brand New Day, like its predecessor, is sorely lacking in songwriting color and flavor. Tomorrow We'll See is way too wordy and convoluted for the social commentary it strives for. Instead, Roxanne from 1978 shows how Sting accomplished the same idea in fewer words. Songs like Ghost Story, After The Rain Has Fallen, A Thousand Years, and the title track fail to make any impression on you at all, whether it be good or bad.
Desert Rose sounds like more of an effort than an inclination to incorporate a middle-eastern sound into Sting's music. Buried within the mix of all the drums, all the singing, and all the swirling instruments, this song has no soul to it. Fill Her Up is nonsense. Country to gospel to jazz within one song, and all of them sound pretty bad. The hoaky vocal cameos do nothing but hurt it even more. And Prelude To The End Of The Game is just a waste.
Mercury Falling, strike one. Brand New Day, strike two. After I heard Sacred Love? I'm sorry man, you're out.
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If there was ever an artist who you could call an "acquired taste," it would be Sting. If his work with The Police was intelligent rock that also served as good radio fare, then his solo work is a catalogue of experimental journeys that have also given us some memorable moments. "Brand New Day" was Sting's millennium album, his spacey poem to what was and what can be. The opening track, "A Thousand Years" sets this tone, speaking about love, redemption and waiting with a spacey, ancient atmosphere. Sting is known for his strong stance on issues and ideas, but with this album he goes more for moods than statements. If he had anything against the Taliban burning Rai records (which he probably DID have a beef about, as should we all), there's no mention of it with "Desert Rose," the album's best cut. It's an exciting, intoxicating blend of Sting's melodic and lyrical talent with the rich textures of Rai music featuring the genre's leading name, Cheb Mami, providing some equally rich vocals. The title song is a great pop song, a marathon run of witty lyrics with a message for the future. "Ghost Story" sounds like a classic traditional piece, nice flavor and mood. "Perfect Love...Gone Wrong" is funny and shows Sting's lighter side (which doesn't come out often). However, "Brand New Day" feels like an album filled with great songs looking for a great album. For every good song there's another, less accessible one where Sting tries either too hard to make something fresh or to show off his diverse tastes. Yes, we get the point, he likes Rai AND Jazz, Pop AND Country, but couldn't he tone it down a bit? We even get French rapping!Read more ›
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