- 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: 86 customer reviews
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Mercury Falling Enhanced
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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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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.
"Hounds of Winter" is deliberately haunting, "I was brought to my senses" is one of my favorite love songs (it starts off slow, and then picks up, and just makes me want to take a long walk in the woods and appreciate the beauty in everything) and "I'm so Happy. . ." tells a story of a man post-divorce that makes you sad and hopeful at the same time.
Sting has always his best when he inhabits the characters he sings about, and he does that particularly well in "I hung my head" and the aforementioned "I'm So Happy". Suprisingly, however, I often find myself listening to track 8, a french ballad that makes great gentle backround music during any dinner party. If you're an easy listening fan, and particularly if you already like Sting, this is a great CD. It's 4 stars instead of 5 only because he could write "Nothing Like The Sun" only once.
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