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  • Audio CD (March 8 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000005ILF
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews
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1. The Hounds Of Winter
2. I Hung My Head
3. Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot
4. I Was Brought To My Senses
5. You Still Touch Me
6. I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying
7. All Four Seasons
8. La Belle Dame Sans Regrets
9. Valparaiso
10. Lithium Sunset

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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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By A Customer on June 5 2004
Format: Audio CD
Mercury Falling may be Sting's best work to date and is by far his most underrated album. Why Mercury Falling has been so neglected baffles me. It is his most mature and immediate work. It is, I think, his most personal album. It is morose and it is beautiful.
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.
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This is a great CD. Sting has established himself as one of the greatest songwriters in rock/popular music history, right up there with McCartney, Lennon, Paul Simon, etc. I think the best song on the album is "Hung My Head." A great story which draws on themes from folk songs of the American West, but in typical fashion Sting throws in a great melody and tricky, offbeat but very musical funky (9/8) time signature. Sting's voice particularly shines on "Hounds of Winter," which again has a great melody. The most surprising song on the album is probably "I'm so happy I can't stop crying." We're used to rather grandiose, political, poetic lyrics from Sting, and this song is so direct and personal it is striking and heartbreaking. The lyrics will resonate with anyone who's gone through periods of unhappiness in their life. The country feel of the song really plays to the theme of the song too: really sad lyrics juxtaposed with a happy country feel. This reflects the paradox the chorus plays with, which is it's kind of weird how great joy and great sorrow can both evoke the same physical response, crying. That may be over-analyzing but that's what's great about Sting's music, it begs repeated listening and analysis. This album is no exception, so enjoy it.
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Another stellar outing for Sting. He's creating a body of work of outstanding quality.
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.
Hugely enjoyable.
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After 2003's 'Sacred Love' by Sting, I changed my mind about 'Mercury Falling': it's not any more Sting's worst album. Im fact, it's just a different kind of Sting! He has us so spoiled and used to his musical creativity sparkling in the most brilliant and unexpected ways, that this album comes as a bit of a surprise: it is off to the side in the midst of the rest of Sting's work, with an odd combination of horns filling in spaces that would normally be taken by more "Sting-like" instruments, such as a classic guitar, pipes or piano solos, and some country riffs that even the most die-hard Sting fans have a hard time digesting.
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.
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Thee are just so many people out there that admire Sting for who he really is. I can't deny it without any preference, he is truly one of the most brilliany singer-songwriters that've ever made it into this business. Unfortunately, that didn't come into position, all the way. When Sting released his 1993 record, Ten Summoner's Tales, he redefined his career as a solo act. But to follow up that position isn't that easy. I couldn't say more than meets the eye.
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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