''A rich mix of musical styles, plus a 2005 live DVD'' - Record Collector magazine...

October 10, 2011

A rich mix of musical styles, plus a 2005 live DVD...

Sometimes being the leader of the biggest band on the planet isn't enough, and the artists formerly known as Gordon Sumner has previously spoken about how he was frustrated by the musical limitations of The Police. Indeed, since embarking on a solo career a quarter of a century ago, Sting has avidly pursued a resless, occasionally schizophrenic path, as this bos set testifies.

The easy shorthand suggests Sting had designs on becoming a jazz artist, and that's borne out by his earlier albums on tracks such as 'Moon Over Bourbon Street' or 'We'll Be Together' (not to mention his live re-workings of his old band's 'Bring On The Night' and 'Driven To Tears'). But listen more carefully to the elaborate musical tapestry of 'If I Ever Lose My Faith In You' or 'If You Love Somebody Set Them Free' - probably two of the most complex songs to scale the singles chart.

Even his more idiosyncratic projects have been presented with persuasive accessibility (a couple of songs from 2009's traditional Christmas album make the cut, though sadly nothing from his lute album three years earlier!). What's never been in doubt is Sting's abaility to conjure up a heart-stopping emotional anthem, such as the truly beautiful 'Fields of Gold' or the tender poetry of 'When We Dance'.

(c) Record Collector by Terry Staunton


Oct 8, 2011
A thought-provoking new stop smoking campaign is today unveiled by Fresh with support from the British Lung Foundation to highlight a cruel, lingering disease that destroys the lungs. ‘Every breath’ aims to highlight the long-term effects of smoking-related chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the umbrella term for emphysema and chronic bronchitis, in a bid to encourage more people to quit smoking. ‘Every breath’ also has the backing of musician Sting, who is originally from the North East. Sting said: “Many people across the UK are affected by lung damage and other smoking related illnesses, particularly in the North East where I grew up. I'm pleased to support a programme which works towards giving people the motivation and support they need to quit..."
Oct 8, 2011
There's a moment just a few songs into Sting's live concert video, Rough, Raw & Unreleased: Live At Irving Plaza, that recalls the effortless power and grace of The Police in their prime. The song is “Synchronicity II,” and the legendary bassist and frontman is leading his solo-career touring band through that song's tricky high/low, loud/soft textures. Sting's voice - still strong and supple - glides above the swirl of Dominic Miller and Shane Fontayne's guitars. Meanwhile, drummer Josh Freese rides the high hat diligently, replicating Stewart Copeland's impossibly tight fills on the snare. It's the concert film's musical highlight, and if it's not the real thing without the original Police men, well - it's delightfully close...