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Sacred Love [HYBRID SACD] [SACD]

Sting Audio CD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 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 (22 Sep 2003)
  • Please Note: Requires SACD-compatible hardware
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: SACD
  • Label: A & M
  • ASIN: B0000CE0TX
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,973 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Inside
2. Send Your Love
3. Whenever I Say Your Name
4. Dead Man's Rope
5. Never Coming Home
6. Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)
7. Forget About The Future
8. This War
9. The Book Of My Life
10. Sacred Love
11. Send Your Love (Dave Aude Remix Edit Version)
12. Shape Of My Heart (from "...All This Time" session)
13. Like A Beautiful Smile

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Sacred Love arrives over four years on from Brand New Day and demonstrates that Sting--an artist often criticised for serving up slick yet soulless coffee-table precision--is now positively galvanised by soul. Symptomatic of an uncharacteristically intimate co-production job (courtesy of the man himself and Kipper), there's a degree of inclusive warmth here that's occasionally been lacking in his post-Police work. From the busy, insistent verbosity of spiralling opener "Inside", through "Whenever I Say Your Name"--a gospel-tinged, call-and-response collaboration with class-drenched Mary J Blige--and on to the sweeping Iberian soundscapes of "Send Your Love", Sacred Love compounds Sting's reputation as an authoritative singer-songwriter of incredibly broad stylistic scope.

Elsewhere, "This War" kicks along in a reasonable approximation of rock, "The Book of My Life" strokes its spiritual chin as Anoushka Shankar noodles dexterously upon an atmospheric sitar, and "Stolen Car" stretches credence to beyond reasonable limits as superannuated Sting tries on a little joy-riding for size. So there it is: a Sting album with everything, including moments of unexpectedly spectacular 5.1 Surround Sound, a clumsily unfortunate dance mix and a little bit of soul. --Ian Fortnam

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Sacred Love [HYBRID SACD]

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So I changed my mind! 9 Dec 2003
By Web'
Format:Audio CD
Well after repeated listening I have to say that it’s grown on me somewhat and I’m now feeling that maybe I was a little unfair in my earlier review. So at the risk of looking like a numpty (wont be the first time!) here’s my re-review.
I’ve listened to it an awful lately and indeed it has grown on me somewhat, the more I listen to it - the better it gets, and I think that’s the thing, it takes a little longer to win you over. I remember having a similar experience with ‘Soul Cages’, I had mixed feelings about that at first but it's (probably) my favourite Sting album now.
Sacred Love is, as is usually the case, a mixture of styles, tempos and unusual time signatures. It also has a modern type ‘techno’ feel to it in places and though I’m not a big fan of drum machines et al, he has used them creatively for the most part and so it works.
I do still feel that Kipper lends too much of a hand in the production process and also that it’s being marketed to appeal to a wider audience; the remix of ‘Send Your Love’ is evidence of this. Remixes should be used as filler tracks for cd singles, not albums.
My opinion of this album has definitely changed and I do now honestly recommend it, but don’t expect to be blown away on the first listen – give it time.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Sting! Sack Kipper quick 5 Nov 2003
By Web'
Format:Audio CD
I have been an avid Sting fan since hearing Roxanne for the first time in 1978, I have all of his albums (including The Police) and a large collection of cd singles, videos etc, I’ve also seen him live many times.
When I first heard Sacred Love I have to say I was both disappointed and annoyed, disappointed because although it’s a good album it isn’t particularly good by Sting standards, its over produced, and there’s too much ‘electronica’ involved, due mostly I think because of this ongoing collaboration with Kipper, who’s production technique’s seem to smother the music somewhat. There’s some clever stuff in there, the problem is, is that you have to listen too hard to actually hear it, if you listen to ‘Send Your love’ on an average radio it sounds flat and muddy. Sting! Sack Kipper and lose the drum machines (and Manu Katche for that matter), stick with Vinnie Colliauta.
As I mentioned earlier I was also annoyed because I felt that this album was obviously being pitched at a different (younger?) audience, as was the recent collaboration with Craig David... Why? Who’s come up with this idea to ‘remarket’ Sting? Isn’t he popular enough? What about us long standing fans??? One of the qualities I’ve always admired about Sting, is that despite his popularity and obvious wealth he always remained a musician first, celebrity second attitude and did a good job of balancing the two, but now, for reasons beyond my comprehension, his management only seem to be interested in the marketing/money making aspect of Sting.
In a nutshell: A good album, and will probably make a good live show, but disappointing for long standing Sting fans.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
First things first: I love the music and song that Sting crafts. I've been a huge fan since the late 70's when I heard "Don't Stand So Close To Me" on a flight from Mumbai to Roma on the way back to Nigeria. I've followed Sting's solo career with equel vigour from the very first time I heard "If You Love Somone..." and "Love Is The Seventh Wave" on BBC shortwave. I've seen Sting 10 times starting with Nothing Like The Sun through the live live ..All This Time promotional tour. I met him on one occasion and was front-row center on another. My favourite two albums are DotBT and Soul Cages. That's a tough choice because there's much in between that I really love.
I wanted to love this CD. I really did. I even tried. But it doesn't come up as compelling as his previous material. Not to my ears, anyway. I almost hate admitting that because it makes me feel like a disloyal Sting fan, but in the interest of being honest, there you go. I purchased the Japanese import of the SACD and have listened to it maybe two dozen times. That's not to say it's bad; there are a few tracks that I like (as opposed to all of them) and some very solid hooks in some of the songs ("Stolen Car"'s "take me dancing" chorus jumps to mind). I like "Dead Man's Rope" and "Inside" a lot. The sitar in "Book Of My Life" is damn good too, but the song itself sadly doesn't do anything for me.
I can't put my finger on it, but the music doesn't *move* me like nearly all of his previous material does. One thought: This might be because the music heavily electronic and his live show on the upcoming tour might change my mind (that would be nice), but in the iterim it ranks as my least favourite Sting CD. Sorry, but there you go. If I find my opinion changing down the road, I'll be sure to let you know.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The old guy can still do it.... 18 Sep 2003
Format:Audio CD
After being slightly impressed by the band line up from the Live CD, I was looking forward to hearing some more of the jazzy Sting. I was slightly disappointed in the lack of jazz influenced tracks, but generally, the CD grew on me after 2 or 3 plays and I now play it at least once a day. The powerful combination with Mary J Blige on Whenever I call your name is uplifting and it punches its way into your memory, whistling or humming bits of it every now and then, (especially when writing reviews!!). It's an interesting album that proves that Sting still is one of our better recording artsits and performers. Beats Macca and Georgie boy into a cocked hat!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't care for the songs
Just being honest I listened to this once and didn't get it.

Huge fan, truly.

In this album Sting seems to have 'found God' and now wants to witness to... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars delicious super sound
A very good SACD and for you who are lucky to have a SACD player, a perfect detailed sound and nicely balanced surround.
Published 23 months ago by realmusic
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic yes, but Sting's voice mixed too loud...
This Multich. SACD certainly grows on you, but as another reviewer claimed, I also think that Sting's voice is mixed too loud some places. Read more
Published on 25 Jan 2005 by Rune Haugland
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice but.....
An absolutely stunning production, turn it up loud, its fantastic but its spoiled by that bloody voice of his mixed far too high...
Published on 26 Feb 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars sacred love rocks
this album is the best. the first 6 songs are excellent especially dead man's rope. a 'must have' for all you die hard sting fans out there. even better on DVD though.
Published on 18 Nov 2003 by heather g
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting is still one of the fiew trademarks in the music biz
This album proves that Sting is still one of the fiew trademarks in the music industry. In his latest alum 'Sacred Love' he again combined various musical styles, this time relying... Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2003 by alex
5.0 out of 5 stars this is without a doubt a kickass recording!!!!! go get it!
This highly anticipated album is guaranteed to please. Theres nothing stale or dusty here; thoughtful, emotional, humorous and sinister "Sacred love" delivers on all levels.... Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2003 by Ms. K. G. Bellia
5.0 out of 5 stars Sacred Music
Sting's new album sacred love was worth waiting for. Although this album is higly influenced by terrible events, like september 11, Irak war, dead of personal friend(s), somehow... Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2003 by Guido Cobelens
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissappointing
This is probably the first time I've been thouroughly dissappointed with a Sting album, I'm sad to say. Read more
Published on 8 Oct 2003 by "snyggve78"
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing - he has done much better!
I agree with the low ratings and comments of many of the previous reviewers. I am a long-standing Sting fan but this is far from his best. Read more
Published on 6 Oct 2003 by humberman
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