Mercury Falling Enhanced
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Japanese only SHM-CD (Super High Material CD - playable on all CD players) pressing. Universal. 2008.
Si Sting passe une grande partie de son temps à défendre les Droits de l'Homme et la cause des Indiens d'Amazonie au point de devenir un des plus fervents représentants des causes humanitaires soutenues par Amnesty International, il n'en oublie pas pour autant qu'il est aussi... chanteur ! Sa carrière solo après Police est marquée par la sophistication extrême et le soin apportés aux arrangements qui associent souvent dans cette entreprise le meilleur des instrumentistes de jazz et des requins de studio aux musiciens sensibles à la world music. Ainsi la liste est longue qui va de Gil Evans à Mino Cinelu, Manu Katché, Cheb Mami ou I Muvrini. Réalisé en 1996, Mercury Falling fait suite à l'excellent Ten Summoner's Tales et à sa participation à la B.O. de "L'Arme Fatale 3" au côté de Clapton. Il ne décevra pas le fan de Sting car tout est réuni pour en faire un succulent cocktail. Un disque d'une élégance et d'un raffinement rares. --Hervé Comte --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Some would say that taste is relative. Some would also prefer pizza to caviar or Marbuzet to Margaux, but for the refined ear there is Mercury Falling.
This album, typically neglected, should rise in standing with time.
With this album, Sting brings back the horn section he flirted with back in the era of "Ghost In The Machine". There are no barn-burners or roof-raisers; in fact the tempo is downright plodding for most of the record.
It doesn't affect it as much as you might think.
The opening salvo of "The Hounds of Winter" and "I Hung My Head" amble along with enough melodic prettiness and lyrical inventiveness to keep you from hitting the skip button.
"Let My Soul Be Your Pilot" is a bit of a retread, sorry to say, and it's the one song I liked better before, but less so as time passes.
On the other hand, I feel like an idiot for missing 'I Was Brought To My Senses"! This is another one of Sting's perfect combos of melody, rhythm and grace. "Graceful" is not a word you hear a lot in modern rock music. This song is definitely worth a listen if that description piques your interest. I recently heard this song live, and I scurried back to the album to see what I've missed. Turns out a lot.
"You Still Touch Me" is OK, but the nasal bray is not used to it's best effect here.
The pinnacle of the album is the one-two punch of "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying" and "All Four Seasons". The former is one of his best story songs, coupled with a simple countryish backdrop and a great chorus.
"All Four Seasons" has to be a lost Stax/Volt or Motown outtake. It just has to be. I loved this song the first time I heard it. It's a great lazy summer afternoon song.
The rest of the album is OK, but "Lithium Sunset" is a great album closer. Just great. Again, a simple tune performed midtempo without frills, but memorable...and great in concert.
Escaping this recurrent trend in the album are the opening "Hounds of Winter" (the most "classic Sting" song in the album, if there's such a thing); "Hung my head", a song with better lyrics than arrangement, brought back to life by the late Johnny Cash in his posthumous 'American IV' album; "Alone with myself", a track with an odd-time signature and a beautifully written song; the Brazillian-influenced and French-sung "La Belle Dame Sans Regret"; and "Valparaiso", named after a Chilean port town, and accompanied by pipes in an eclectic mix like Sting got us used to in his memorable 'Soul Cages' album.
Poor? No. Bad? Far from it. Just slightly off to the side of the rest of his work, and now, thanks to 'Sacred Love' from 2003, not any more his least desireable album! I give it four stars without much else to say about it.
The 1996 album, Mercury Falling, shows a little bit of difficulty within the record itself. Although the music does seem to range quite smoothly, it doesn't seem to have that legacy Ten Summoner's Tales made. Although there are some good tracks to the mix on here like Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot, and I Hung My Head. Still, there are some songs that could've been upgraded on the record. One song, I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying, was released twice by Sting, once solo and the other as a duet with Toby Keith. The duet seemed to be a bigger hit than Sting solo, and could've been added to this record as well.
Still, there are so many words to describe Sting, except improvements with his records. Thankfully, he has made better albums like Brand New Day and Sacred Love. Still, Sting has came a long way, but this record wasn't one of them. Hopefully, he will try this on a better Greatest Hits collection than the last one released in 2002.
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J'adore Sting et je dois dire que cet album est un de ses meilleurs selon moi. On a vraiment l'impression de voyager... Read morePublished on Aug. 14 2009 by Marie-claude Lavoie
This is by far Sting's worst album. No wonder it flopped: There are no good songs on this album and it's a shame considering how he came off with the dynamite "Ten Sumner's... Read morePublished on May 19 2004
Anyone who thinks this album is superable, is plain wrong.
I know that musical tastes usually fall under the subjective category, but i just feel so strongly about this... Read more
This is a fantastic album. Very smooth and melodic yet upbeat and frisky, yet also revealing and honest. This is by far is best work.Published on Jan. 24 2004
I remember being somewhat disappointed when MF came out back in 1996, but mainly because it was being compared agaisnt none other than Ten Summoner's Tales. Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2003
"Mercury Falling" from 1996 was Sting's "winter" music release, beginning with "The Hounds of Winter. Read morePublished on Sept. 15 2003 by Jack Fitzgerald