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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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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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Sting ~ Nothing Like The Sun

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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Sting at his Best 5 Aug. 2001
By Kevin Caffrey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
For the majority of people who believe Sting was better with The Police, _Nothing Like The Sun_ pretty much proves this theory wrong. Surrounding himself with excellent musicians such as Manu Katche, Kenny Kirkland, Branford Marsalis, Andy Summers, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and many others, this is Sting's strongest set of songs. The album also contains some of Sting's best lyrics and best vocal performances. The album feels like Sting at his most free - he's definitely making music for himself here as opposed to his recent work that often seemes to cater to the mainstream. _Nothing Like The Sun_ also has a little bit of everything; songs like "The Lazarus Heart", "We'll be Together", and "Little Wing" simply rock and "The Secret Marriage", "Fragile", and "Sister Moon" are soothingly beautiful. The production is top-notch and this rather long album has absolutely no filler. Pick this one up if you prefer the serious side of Sting.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
The debut that shoulda been 11 April 2005
By Greekfreak - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This, the follow-up to "Dream Of The Blue Turtles" was Sting's REAL debut LP, or at least, where he finally arrived at true artistic brilliance.

His pop sensibilities are still present, here... check out 'Englishman In New York' and 'We'll Be Together' for evidence, but added to all this is a bit of picked guitar ("Fragile"), some jazzy polyrhythms ("They Dance Alone"), and a great cover of Jimi Hendrix' "Little Wing".

It's as essential an 80s document as Peter Gabriel's "So" album was, and still holds up, even nearly 20 years later.
25 of 31 people found the following review helpful
The Definitive Sting Album 31 Oct. 2003
By T. B. Vick - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Aside from Sting's 'Greatest Hits' CD, this is his best (and could be a greatest hits CD in and of itself). In fact, 5 of the 12 songs on this CD are included on "Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting."
The insert of this CD has Sting describing how and why each song was written - that in itself is worth the price of the CD. However, the songs are fantastic. Each song has very strong aspects to it from the melody, lead guitar parts, vocals, bridge transitions, harmonies, to rhythm and pace of various songs.
Each song is quite different from one another. Thus, each song takes on its own life, movement, and feel. One of my favorites on the CD is "Secret Marriage" which Sting describes is a song based on a melody from Hanns Eisler. Eisler fled to America from the Nazis who apparently hounded him for rest of his life in various disguises (according to the insert).
If you liked the Police, then you will definitely like this CD, if you like Sting, then you should not be without this CD. I highly recommend it.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
An All-Time Personal Favorite and a Great Place to Start 4 Newbes 2 Sting 7 Aug. 2005
By Rich Latta - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
When it comes to first-rate artists like Sting, you really want the albums, not just a greatest hits collection. This is a great one to start with and my personal favorite from Sting's solo catalogue. As much as I love Sting's music from the Police days, his solo work is arguably much more adventurous even if it's comparatively mellow (although I have to say that his more recent solo work has veered too close to "adult contemporary" for my tastes). As fascinating as I find his debut DREAM OF THE BLUE TURTLES, I think this, his second studio solo album, sounds more organic and natural. Here, Sting is more comfortable and confident in the new directions he's exploring. He could hardly have failed with the incredible talent he assembled from the jazz world. I've been a fan of this record since the week it came out and will always return to it.

Here are my own impressions of ". . . NOTHING LIKE THE SUN" (NLTS) -

"The Lazarus Heart" - absolutely magical. This spell-binding opener is based on a "vivid nightmare . . . (Sting) fashioned into a song" (liner notes). Sting returns to the bass guitar on NLTS and delivers one of his trademark simple-yet-very-effective bass lines here. The super-talented sax master Branford Marsalis really makes this one shine. *****

"Be Still My Beating Heart" - intoxicatingly seductive and sensuous. Former Police guitarist Andy Summers adds some great touches to both this track and "Lazarus Heart." The amazing Kenny Kirkland adds fantastic keys all over this album, including this cut. *****

"Englishman in New York" - a stately yet quite adventurous track. I love the subtle "swallowing-bird loop" in the background (listen carefully if you don't hear it) and the heavy drums at the middle 8 are a cool touch. Once again, Kenny and Branford deliver in spades. Hard to pick a best track from NLTS, but this one's a strong contender. *****

"History Will Teach Us Nothing" - a quasi-raggae vibe drives this groovy track. Although I think history IS important, I agree with the fundamental message of this song: we must unchain ourselves from the past - the greatest hope for the human race is for all of us to embrace reason and compassion. I think it's pathetic and sad when, for example, Catholics or Protestants in Ireland march to commemorate some bloody centuries-old victory. "Without the voice of reason, every faith is its own curse/ Without freedom from the past, things can only get worse." Personally, I don't think any man-made deity-based religion can honestly co-exist with science and rationality. ****

"They Dance Alone" - one of Sting's most popular songs, but I personally find it a bit boring if I'm not in the mood for it. It picks up towards the end though. There's some stellar guitar talent on this one, including Mark Knopfler and Eric Clapton, but it's so quiet and subtle I almost don't notice it. This is a serene yet powerful song about women in Chile who would dance alone to protest the "disappearance" of their husbands and sons. Thank goodness Augusto Pinochet has finally been brought to justice. ****

"Fragile" - another protest song of sorts, this may be the most beautiful song Sting (& co.) has ever recorded. Sting himself plays the gorgeous guitar lines. *****

"We'll Be Together" - totally infectious. So upbeat and celebratory. "My love is a flame that burns in your name . . ." *****

"Straight To My Heart" - this is an unusual tune, spare yet very catchy. Great percussion. *****

"Rock Steady" - this swingin' track is comical and hip. It tells an amusing little story about a hapless couple who find themselves on Noah's ark. ****

"Sister Moon" - a gorgeous, slow-burning "mood" piece. Once again, jazz-genius Branford Marsalis elevates this one to heavenly heights. *****

"Little Wing" - there are a handful of songs that can literally get me high without drugs. This is one of them. "Mind Games" by John Lennon is another. It's something akin to what Dead-heads experience when hearing their favorite bootleg of Jerry Garcia's transcendental improvisation on guitar (I myself experienced it when I saw the Grateful Dead though I'm far from a "Dead-head"). Every time I hear Hiram Bullock's first solo on this version of "Little Wing," combined with Manu Katche's spot-on drumming, it launches me into orbit. The whole track is such a fantastic interpretation of the original Hendrix. *****

"The Secret Marriage" - Sting ends the album with a classic, very classy little piece with only Kenny on piano to accompany him. ****
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The solo career continues in fine form... 17 Feb. 2004
By M J Heilbron Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The true second solo album, after "The Dream of The Blue Turtles" and the double disc live set, "Bring On The Night", shows Sting continuing his strong pop sensibilities, but now adding more "flavors" to the mix.
"The Lazarus Heart" may be a lyric gauze, but it sure starts off the album energetically, doesn't it? The tempo just gallops along with dynamo drumming.
"Be Still My Beating Heart" hearkens back to those Police songs with instantly recognizable bass lines. I'm thinking "Walking On The Moon" or "Canary In A Coalmine."
With "Englishman In New York", he constructs another mini-movie, again using the first person. It bounces along with a melody so simple that you'll be humming it for days. The chorus is stupid-catchy, and the 'scene' where somebody walks by with a boombox (at least that's how I took it) is grin-inducing.
"History Will Teach Us Nothing" is a twitchy mess, almost melody-less, which coming from Sting says a LOT.
"They Dance Alone" is the overt political piece for this particular album; it's achingly beautiful. It's a companion song to U2's "Mothers of The Disappeared" (from "The Joshua Tree"), and both stun. Its' simple words conjure haunting images.
"Fragile" is a masterpiece, and you realize it after one listen. The melody serves the lyrics, the arrangement serves the song...it's as 'perfect' as a pop song gets.
"We'll Be Together" was the album's first single, and justifiably so. You kind of want Sting to pick up the tempo from time to time, you know? Here he does, with an irresistible melody...it's catchy as hell...and again drops in a bit of the first single from the LAST album just for kicks near the end.
'Straight To My Heart' is an uptempo love song set to an unusual beat, 7/8 or 15/8 or something. The song features more of that classic Sting vocal sound, with that airy soaring tone that irritates non-fans, but is one of the most recognizable voices in rock.
The albums descends into mediocrity at this point...it was on it's way to being one for the ages, but "Rock Steady" is "Consider Me Gone, part 2"...and just as weak. "Sister Moon" is OK if you don't pay attention. "Little Wing" is a Hendrix cover where he plays with Gil Evans. And "The Secret Marriage" takes effort to even recall.
That said, this album was by far better than 99% of what was out there in 1987, and that still holds true today.
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