A conceptual masterpiece, "Ten Summoner's Tales" must surely rank as the definitive Sting album. We're all familiar with the rathermore stereotypical Sting tunes, like "Englishman in New York" and his more recent releases. However, despite a prominent re-assertion into the otherwise painfully turgid pop world of today - something for which Sting must be congratulated - one wonders if he will ever again reach the musical heights achieved on this album.
The successor to the morbid "The Soul Cages", an album excessively derided by the critics, "Ten Summoner's Tales" turned the tables for Sting and showcased his skills as one of the most talented musicians anywhere. Armed with a trio of infallible session musicians, (drummers might like to note Vinnie Colaiuta's inimitable contribution here) Sting set about creating his most musical, listenable and amusing album to date.
The opener, "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You" is a great pop song, carried along by an infectious groove, and accompanied by a simplicity which makes it instantly listenable. "Fields of Gold" provides a mellow mood, and is a firm favourite from the album. Other noteable tracks are the fantastic "Seven Days", the sublime "Shape of My Heart" and the moving "Something The Boy Said". Really though, there is only one way to enjoy this album, and no review is going to do it justice. So do yourself a favour, and stick in the CD player. After several listenings I'm sure you'll agree that this is the Sting album.