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
So Sting did his old trick again - walking on in temporary music while still being faithful to himself.
I only got the album yesterday, and on first listen I loved it! I'm now listening to it for the 3rd or 4th time and love it more on each hearing!
But 'Sacred Love' is simply superb in every department. Passion, relevance, production, variety, surprise and brilliant riffs are all terms that spring to mind.
The man might not be great at interviews but he can sure write and perform great music. All the tracks are his own original work as usual and is co-produced by the the superb 'Kipper'. There will be two or three classics at least that come out of Sacred Love with 'This war', Whenever I say Your Name and 'Book of My Life' amongst the contenders.
I personally could have done without the extra disco mix of 'Send Your Love' but it's a minor irritation.
Overall this will appeal to everyone from the oldest Police fan to the 15 year old who can appreciate a melody.
I’ve listened to it an awful lot 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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