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Sacred Love (Jpn) (Rmst) Original recording remastered, SHM-CD, Import

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  • Audio CD (3 Dec. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, SHM-CD, Import
  • Label: Universal Japan
  • ASIN: B001GM7GGM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

1. Inside
2. Send Your Love - Vicente Amigo, Sting
3. Whenever I Say Your Name - Mary J. Blige, Sting
4. Dead Man's Rope
5. Never Coming Home
6. Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)
7. Forget About the Future
8. This War
9. Book of My Life - Anoushka Shankar, Sting
10. Sacred Love
11. Send Your Love [Dave Audé Remix]

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Web' on 9 Dec. 2003
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Web' on 5 Nov. 2003
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 By Samit Choudhuri on 22 Sept. 2003
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark on 27 Sept. 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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 others, which is all good in the hood, but this objective does seem to have come at the price of song writing. The music and lyrics soon become predictable and not terribly interesting from a musicality point of view.

Sorry mate.
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