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  • Audio CD (Oct. 13 1987)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000002GKZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 64 customer reviews
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1. The Lazarus Heart
2. Be Still My Beating Heart
3. Englishman In New York
4. History Will Teach Us Nothing
5. They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)
6. Fragile
7. We'll Be Together
8. Straight To My Heart
9. Rock Steady
10. Sister Moon
11. Little Wing
12. The Secret Marriage

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1987 solo album from the Police frontman. Includes Englishman In New York & They Dance Alone


Sting's second and most conceptually dense solo album moved on from jazz to ideas picked up from Latin music. Even when he's not using Latin music's tricky polyrhythms, the melodies of the ballad "Be Still My Beating Heart" and the hit dance single "We'll Be Together" suggest he'd been listening to lots of salsa. If you can sting, you can cross-pollinate, too, and there are some other subtle hybrids here, notably the Gil Evans Orchestra's gliding arrangement of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" and the reggae-in-a-Cole Porter suit of "Englishman in New York." Of course, the former schoolteacher has some lyrical messages to deliver and the three songs that originally made up the second side of a double LP are a bitter meditation on Latin American politics and history. --Douglas Wolk

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Format: Audio CD
There are but two extraneous songs on this album: "The Lazarus Heart" and "The Secret Marriage". Other than those two, this album is a diamond mine of excellent music, done by what has to be the most professional solo artist to appear on the scene in the last quarter century.
Sting is a better lyricist than Paul McCartney, at least as good a tunesmith as Donovan, who he bares a strong aesthetic link to, is intelligent, literate and probably just what Malcolm McDowell would be if he ever swallowed a couple of nice-nice pills and took up music! Herr Sumner takes some very diverse idioms, like Hora music, (on "Straight To My Heart",) a first person narrative, ("Englishman In New York",) storytelling, ("Rock Steady",) a mournful waltz, ("They Dance Alone", one of the most soulful songs on the album,) and Caribbean calypso, ("We'll Be Together Tonight",) and presents it all as a cohesive whole that holds your attention from beginning to end. A good selection of eighties' ascendent jazz musicians aid the former Police-man on this incredible album.
Considering that NO ONE has produced music as good as this or "Ten Summoner's Tales" in over 25 years, I hope Sting has 1) His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, 2) Is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in a prominent spot and 3) Finally makes a good movie where he isn't playing a villain!
Highly recommended!
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I have Sting's ''Brand New Day'' and ''Sacred Love''....But this one is my ultimate favorite along with another compilation titled ''Mercury Falling''.
The content here is intelligent, political, disturbing and most of all-- it's damned good quality music. Some of the songs give a warm, slightly jazzy feeling like ''Sister Moon'' and ''Fragile''. The album also takes a turn for the upbeat side when mentioning tracks like ''We'll Be Together''.
There's a wide Latin, jazz and reggae influence over this album. And as usual the man writes excellent music, just shows you how much influence this man has had over other artists. I'm not surprised he left ''The Police'' because without doubt he was the more visible part of the band.
Naturally he writes from his heart, the words are pure and intellectual...that must take some great talent.
Think carefully....there are only a few excellent artists out there today that have written the most memorable music-- (similar to this genre) only a handful of artists like Sinead O'Connor, U2, Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, Lenny Kravitz, Seal, Tori Amos, Michael Bolton, Bon Jovi and Annie Lennox respectively. Those are seven of the most flawless music writers today, but Oh oh....Sting still reigns the most admired and respected of all.
My favorite song on this album is ''They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)''-- even though I'm South African I lived in Chile for 6 years, so I know the whole story about ''Los Desapercidos'' and I admire Sting so much for having the guts to stand up for those people, it's got lyrics like ''If they were to speak these words, They'd go missing like the others''. For a similar song, get U2's ''Joshua Tree'' which has the song ''Mothers Of The Disappeared''. Also if you're interested in this subject check out the movie or best-selling book called ''House Of The Spirits'' by Isabel Allende.

This is Sting at his absolute best.
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Format: Audio CD
When you listen to "...Nothing Like the Sun", you're hearing Sting's first (solo) steps into pop-music territory. You'll still hear some of his jazz influences on songs like "Sister Moon", but "Englishman in New York" and "We'll Be Together" will remind you of the days of his early pop hits with The Police.

"Lazarus Heart" is, I think, one of Sting's most underrated songs, but it often gets lost in the mix of his more popular, radio-friendly songs. "They Dance Alone" and "Fragile" are two of the most beautifully crafted pieces of music that I have ever heard. Unfortunately, "Fragile" has become the theme song to any video montage of disaster, famine, and the like. Granted, the song speaks of such things, but I think "Fragile" is a song best left to the imagination, absent of forced imagery.

If you believe the song-listing on Amazon.com for this album, you'll see a song called "Little Sting". Rest assured, there is no song by that name, but there is a nice remake of the Jimi Hendrix song, "Little Wing".

"...Nothing Like the Sun", although politically heavy-handed at times, is one of Sting's best albums.
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NLTS is worth the price just to hear Hiram Bullock's amazing guitar solo on Little Wing. Of course, that is just one of the many highlights on this CD, Sting's finest work in my opinion. The production is simply top notch, and when you have some of the finest players in the business backing you up, you know that you are creating something special. Take a look at the insert to see all the different folks who play on this CD. It is a veritable who's who in the industry. I bought this CD when it first came out, and have always learned or realized something new on each listen. This CD is full of little golden gems, waiting for you to discover. What is so amazing is that every cut has a life of it's own. Some will make you want to dance, to cry, or to sit down with a cup of coffee on a rainy day and just listen. I am amazed that even after almost 15 years, a song like "Sister Moon" or "Fragile" can still send shivers up my spine. For me, I love listening to NLTS in my car, while driving at night. A better companion I could not ask for. The songs ache with desire, hope, anguish, love. And to end the CD with perfect song such as "The Secret Marriage", in it's barren, beautiful simplicity, is in my mind, a stroke of genius.
This is one of my favorite CD's of all time.
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