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  • Audio CD (Aug. 21 2015)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000002GL2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 70 customer reviews
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1. Island Of Souls
2. All This Time
3. Mad About You
4. Jeremiah Blues (Part 1)
5. Why Should I Cry For You
6. Saint Agnes And The Burning Train
7. The Wild Wild Sea
8. The Soul Cages
9. When The Angels Fall

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Sting ~ Soul Cages

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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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By A Customer on May 19 2000
Format: Audio CD
Ok, so I've heard from other Sting fans of how incredible this CD was and how much I'd grow attached to it but lets face it....even with him being one of my favorite artists I thought "once you heard one moody and sad Sting CD you've heard them all". Well, I decided that since this was supposedly the peak of his career that I would buy this AFTER I bought "A Brand New Day" which I had already fallen in love with even though he perhaps had one or two misses on that one.
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.
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This album is a remarkable departure from the playful jazz pop of its predecessors. However, I think "The soul cages" is an uneven affair and probably Sting's least enjoyable album. "All this time" is the only pop-oriented song, the other songs are 'difficult', although the music and the lyrics certainly have their moments. The ethereal soundscapes of tracks like "Island of souls" and "The wild wild sea" are lengthy and sometimes very lachrymose. On the other hand, the roaring guitars of "Jeremiah blues" and the title track sound forced and uninspired. With the exception of "All this time", the lyrics are real downers, with visions like "there's a bloodless moon where the oceans die" or "you'll spend the rest of forever in the cage with me". Hmmm, probably the perfect soundtracks for your next gothic-rock party. "All this time" is one of my favorite Sting songs, the rest of this album doesn't appeal to me. Sting better should have stayed at home with his sorrow.
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...because it absolutely transcends the idea that it should be "ranked", among Sting's albums let alone everyone else's. I completely agree with the many people here who say this isn't just their favorite Sting album, it's their favorite album in their library. The first time I heard this album, shortly after its release, I was absolutely transfixed from start to finish. "Island of Souls" sets the scene, a story of childhood escapism and tragedy that is told as much by the mournful wind instruments as by the words. From there, the listener is taken on a tour of the various emotions and experiences that shape a man's life when he was born in a "workingman's home." Every song on here is utterly without flaws: I rank "The Wild Wild Sea" as the absolute pinnacle of what a songwriter should aspire to. It is perfect. I don't usually praise albums unreservedly, and my love for this album may just be a reflection of the state of mind I was in when I first heard it as a semi-tortured 17-year-old. But even today I find that its melodies and lyrics are timeless. And now that I'm kind of a grown-up, I understand the lyrics on a level that is more parallel to the original messages. It's just a perfect album.
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Starting this review, I intended it to be an ode to my most cherished CD. Instead, I simply cannot find the words. The rich tapestry of music and lyrics that enfold the listener defy description. Words that other reviewers have used, like "hypnotic," "poetic," and "beautiful" are right on target. This album takes you along on the artist's introspective tour of grief, love, and missed opportunities, and leaves you with a sense of peace and - if not understanding - at least contentment resulting from having the courage to undertake the journey in the first place.
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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