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Sting ~ Soul Cages
The somber, personal Soul Cages is a testament to Sting's strength as a storyteller. Each song creates its own dark, lonely world with recurring themes of sea, ships, and filial love. The album opens with the wistful, virtually mist-drenched "Island of Souls," a tale of a shipbuilder's son orphaned by an accident who dreams of the open sea. Later, that sea becomes a prison for a lovelorn sailor in "Why Should I Cry for You?" Throughout, Sting dispenses with the conventions of pop lyrical structure. Saxophones, oboe, and Northumbrian pipes reinforce the folksy feel of the instrumentation. Arguably the best song on the album, "Mad About You" is a mystical ballad about a king who has everything except the woman he loves. Grand, elegiac, and allegorical, Soul Cages stands as one of Sting's most downcast recordings, and one of his most compelling. --Courtney Kemp
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So, I bought "A Brand New Day" and then after listening to that CD for a while and learning almost every line on it I decided it was time to go for "the big one" in terms of his "The Soul Cages" CD. I bought it and when I got home with it I must admit that very few music CD's immediately capture me and hold me as quickly as this one had. I was absolultely powerless but to listen to this CD over and over and over again. Considering how much I dont care for most modern music I have to tell you that I was like a ship to which this CD anchored me down with it's hauntingly beautiful and enchanting music.
Have you ever heard such beauty from this man in a finer fashion? I can say that with much certainty this is far bettet than "A Brand New Day" and it certainly is what Sting should be thought of when we try to define his mastery. I can tell you that my favorite on the CD is actually the first one "Island of Souls" and mostly likely because of it's close ties with what real life industry workers must go through when they work and work with no better future in sight.Read more ›
You'll find everything here, from the sweeping "Island of Souls," "Wild, Wild Sea," and "When the Angels Fall;" to the heart-breaking "Why Should I Cry For You?;" the catchy "All This Time" and the harder, pop-ish "Soul Cages;" the elegantly simple acoustic guitar of "St. Agnes and the Burning Train" and the jazzy "Jeremiah's Blues, Pt. 1;" and the stunning depth of lyrics and imagery of "Mad About You."
Evidenced by my above descriptions, the music style swings from the sounds of Northumbrian pipes reminescent of the sea, to ensemble jazz, to solo acoustic guitar, to lush string arrangements. There's really something here for every music fan, but that fan has to be prepared for the overall somber tone of the album. This is my favorite album to listen to after the end of a hectic day, as it ultimately leaves you with a sense of peace. For sheer musicianship and sonic quality, this album deserves at least a listen. For the depth of involvement the music inspires in the listener, this album deserves a permanent place in any collection.
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I bought this album years after it came out, having only heard "All This Time" and "Why Should I cry for you. Read morePublished on May 22 2004 by brian phillips
After erasing doubts that he could float in a post-Police world with two solid solo albums, Sting entered a period of grief-induced writer's block caused by the death of his... Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by John F. Dorman
Nor is it supposed to be, I guess. After two relatively upbeat and joyful records, Sting puts together one of the saddest albums I think I have ever heard. Read morePublished on Feb. 16 2004 by M J Heilbron Jr.
I'm always amazed at the number of people who confess to liking Sting but never heard this album. As highly as I think of his newest cd this one still is the top of the heap. Read morePublished on Jan. 29 2004 by Rollie Anderson
As good as some of his other solo efforts are, this is my favorite. Yes, it's his darkest record and in some ways, the most un-Sting like he's made. Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2004 by CT music fan
I love this record and was just reading the reviews for amusement. The one thing I haven't seen anyone mention is the direct corelation between The Soul Cages and the 5 stages of... Read morePublished on Jan. 4 2004 by Carl Meadows
The Soul Cages (1991) came out nearly four years after "...Nothing Like the Sun" and folks had been wondering when he would release another set of new music. Read morePublished on July 3 2003 by Jack Fitzgerald
This CD I bought when it came out, and was shocked at the harsh atmosphere. But I liked it, and it is very good to hear. I recommend this cd over any in his catalog. Read morePublished on May 21 2003 by Hutch