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Mercury Falling

Sting Audio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
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Composer, singer, author, actor, activist – Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five albums, earned six Grammy awards, and in 2003 was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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  • Audio CD (16 Feb 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: a&m
  • ASIN: B00000744X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,982 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hounds Of Winter
2. I Hung My Head
3. Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot
4. I Was Brought To My Senses
5. You Still Touch Me
6. I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying
7. All Four Seasons
8. Twenty Five To Midnight
9. La Belle Dame Sans Regrets
10. Valparaiso
11. Lithium Sunset
12. Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot (video)

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In a fit of artistic creativity (or perhaps for simpler non-aesthetic reasons), the title of the album Mercury Falling appears in the first line of the album's opening track, as well as in the last line of the closing song. Maybe it's all forward planning on Sting's part, but the beginning and closing lines create symbolic bookends between which all of the songs snugly fit. The balance is also found on the songs: they are less depressing than Sting's first three solo albums, but at the same time more melancholic than his last release Ten Summoner's Tales. The opening track "The Hounds of Winter" is a dark depressing soundscape, complete with synthesised dog howls. Reflecting the symmetry, the compositions do lighten up later with the country inspired "I Was Brought To My Senses" and "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying". --John Galilee

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Sting's most underrated albums 9 April 2003
Format:Audio CD
After the pop-oriented and somewhat kitchy "Ten Summoner's Tales," Sting returns to his original style (original in both senses), and produces an excellent mix of Rock songs and ballads. Sometimes upbeat, sometimes melancholic, but always with an optimistic twist. This is one of Sting's best solo albums ever produced, as beautiful and as refreshing as "Nothing Like the Sun." Highly recommended for any serious Rock fan.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece 7 Nov 2011
By Bertie
Format:Audio CD
What a dull-witted bunch of reviews! I don't normally review but have been provoked into action reading this guff!

With Mercury Falling, you're dealing with a mature, sophisticated, soulful, varied, and finely-wrought work from one of the great singer-songwriters of our times. There's emotional intensity and depth. There's humour. There's folk, jazz, rock and country influences. There's a bossa nova sung in french! Beautiful. There's a totally awesome bunch of jazz musos playing. Some of these songs are almost overwhelming in their sheer aural/textural impact. I'm thinking 'Let your soul' and 'I was brought to my senses' here. There's plenty of catchy stuff too. If 'I hung my head' doesn't stick in your mind, it needs plugging. There's smart, raw, searching lyrics. There's heaps of atmosphere.

There's not a bad song on the album. No dead wood, no fillers. Creative, committed music-making from first to last note.

The overall tone of the album is a bit on the dark side. It's a very adult record.

This is Sting at his best. Cool, snappy, intelligent, delicious.

I'm glad there's guys out there like these earlier reviewers who don't like it. I like the thought that the really cool music isn't a pop success!

Have to stop there - I'm ducking off to listen to Mercury again...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A pleasing mixture of pace and style 24 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
An excellent, mature album with some heart appealing tracks such as I hung My Head, All Four Seasons (every women will recognise herself here!) Hounds of Winter, Lithium Sunset. A must MUST have for all Sting Fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Second Best Sting Album 8 Sep 2006
By gingerguru VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
After Nothing Like The Sun, I would rate this as Sting's next best effort. There are some truly great tracks on this - Hounds Of Winter, Hung My Head, Let Your Soul...There is no doubt that Sting is one the great songwriters of our day and this is a particularly mature offering. As ever, Sting has brought together a great collection of session musicians to create a real treat for the musical purists - Great guitars, keys,drums etc. Production is top notch. Overall a very strong collection of songs containing some of Sting's very best lyrics. Any serious music fan should own this.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The great lost Sting LP? 8 Jan 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is easily the most consistent set from Sting. It was hard to live up to his previous release (Ten Summoners Tales) but by making a less eclectic, more considered LP, Sting has created his most beautiful set of songs. While it doesn't contain the instant heart-stoppers such as 'Fields of Gold' or 'They Dance Alone', there is a deeply appealing contentment about the songs. This CD is the aural equivalent of getting home and curling up infront of a roaring fire with the one you love. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Mercury Falling has so many good moments 10 Aug 2013
By Amazon Customer TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
When I was a kid, I used to play Sting's fifth solo album 'Mercury Falling' to death on cassette, and I was so happy to stumble across a copy on CD recently. I remembered it all almost word perfect.

I do feel now though that it sometimes seems to lack the energy, the power of the songs, and the energy in the vocals that many of Sting's other releases have. But tracks like the deliberately haunting 'The Hounds of Winter' (with it's lyrics and background music fitting so well together), the tragic story telling 'I Hung My Head' (later covered by Johnny Cash), the uplifting 'I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying' and the bluesy 'All Four Seasons' ensure that this is a mostly a very strong record.

'Mercury Falling' was a good nostalgic trip for me, and after almost twenty years after it's release, I still think that it's holds up as a relaxing, well-crafted album with mellow and intriguing songs. It doesn't appear to be his best known work by any means, but I'll always have a real fondness for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A master 10 Dec 2013
By benb
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This might not be the most popular Sting album. The only hit off it was "LEt Your Soul Be Your pilot" but it's still a damn fine album. A few reruns - LA Belle Dam Sans Merci has hints of Shape of My Heart about it (and comes up short). But the opening 3 tracks are as good as anything Sting has recorded. Top notch band, with regulars Dominic Miller, Vinnie Colaiuta and Kenny Kirkland mean that everything is tight, groovy and basically great.

Not at the level of Nothing Lke the Sun, but nowhere near Sacred Love.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Almost four stars 15 May 2013
By Elleppi
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
All in all it's an average album, but qwith 2/3 peaks: some really excellent tracks like Hounds of Winter, I was brought to my senses and my another. Is it worth the money then? Yes, just for those tracks, but for no more than 5/6 euros
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NICE CD!!! RECOMMENDS!
Published 2 months ago by srok
5.0 out of 5 stars love stings music.
Awesome album, I find myself listening to this very often. Every song is brilliant, in fact I think every sting album is great, I have the whole lot.
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Published 2 months ago by Mr. Sw Crow
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Very good cd, loaded onto iPod music for all ages, good for driving or relaxing, timeless classic, great addition to cd case
Published 18 months ago by O
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Sting is one of the best singer songwriters in the world and this is definitely one of his best albums.
Published 19 months ago by K. Pilling
5.0 out of 5 stars his best
Any great muscian must stand the test of time. Often, enthusiastic naievety and creativity makes an artist deliver great albums for their first and second efforts; then a nose-dive... Read more
Published 20 months ago by tambo
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting's 'sleeper' album - give it time.
I'm with 'Bertie' - I am a big Sting fan and actually think this one hangs together as an album better than any of his others. Read more
Published on 25 May 2012 by Kamakiriad
3.0 out of 5 stars Some good songs
I am a big Police fan now after I discovered their self-titled album in the summer last year. They are one of my favourite bands and they are so amazing. Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2008 by Matt182
3.0 out of 5 stars "Where the hills had been married to the sky, I saw the work of...
Sting's fifth studio album (1996) is somewhat of a disappointment. Recorded at his Wiltshire pile and produced (again) with Hugh Padgham, it's still a good album. Read more
Published on 13 April 2008 by Nicholas Casley
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