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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another excellent police record
"Outlandos D'amour" was really the album that thrust the Police into the rock mainstream and the main reason for this was the album's huge hit "Roxanne", a track which along with "Every Breath You Take" is possibly the most famous Police track of all. The song's catchy guitar riff and nagging bass line along with Sting's high pitched vocals was certainly a winner and...
Published on 17 Oct. 2000

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3.0 out of 5 stars EARLY ROCK REGGAE OUTING
This debut album by The Police is interesting although the songs are of varying quality. The best tracks include the melodic reggae-influenced numbers Can’t Stand Losing You, an emotionally gripping song about suicide, the hit Roxanne, about a lover that turns to prostitution, and So Lonely. The rythmic textures here are a novel blend of rock and reggae and these...
Published on 23 July 2003 by Peter Uys


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars another excellent police record, 17 Oct. 2000
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"Outlandos D'amour" was really the album that thrust the Police into the rock mainstream and the main reason for this was the album's huge hit "Roxanne", a track which along with "Every Breath You Take" is possibly the most famous Police track of all. The song's catchy guitar riff and nagging bass line along with Sting's high pitched vocals was certainly a winner and turned this band from a pub band to rock gods. This is definitely the most upbeat of all the early Police albums and has a positive feeling running throughout the album. I have built up my Police collection in reverse (I bought their later albums first and then slowly started picking up their early material), but I would definitely recommend that this be one of the first Police albums you get. Along with "Synchronicity" this is by far their most "commercial" sounding album and will also allow you to get a feel of what this great band is about. Look out for the tracks "So Lonely", "Can't Stand Losing You", "Truth Hits Everybody" and "Next To You", which are among the bands best work.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars First day on the beat, 3 Aug. 2011
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D. J. H. Thorn "davethorn13" (Hull, UK) - See all my reviews
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After hearing the 'Roxanne' and 'Can't Stand Losing You' singles on their initial release in 1978, I couldn't wait to hear their debut album. As it was, a friend beat me to it and when he played it to me, I wasn't as impressed as I'd expected. 'Outlandos D'Amour' is the work of a band still looking for a focus. Ultimately, it was the way they wrapped their pop music in a mix of rock and Caribbean rhythms that gave them a distinctive, winning sound. At first, they got nowhere with this stuff, but in those days songs about prostitutes and suicide didn't get much airplay. Soon after, they toured the US and broke through there, after which BBC Radio couldn't ignore them.

They were never described as a new wave band, but this album is heavily influenced by the likes of Elvis Costello. 'Next To You', 'Peanuts' and 'Truth Hits Everybody' all have that stamp. 'So Lonely' features rock and reggae rhythms alternately and was an obvious third hit single. All of the aforementioned songs, plus the straight pop of 'Born In The 50s' are fine tracks.

'Hole In My Life', however, is somewhat monotonous, while Andy Summers's novelty song, 'Sally', is really only worth one listen. Moreover, the long final track is little more than a filler jam with Sting yelling improvised words in the background. For the most part, this a very good album, but it's rather uneven.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb!, 30 Jan. 2009
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Toby Stewart "Fairhoodlum" (Liverpool, UK) - See all my reviews
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The best Police album and the first! I've had this for 30 years and never want to be without it!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding clamour, 16 Nov. 2011
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This, Regatta de Blamc and Synhcronicity stand as the very best of the band's output. As the first album it has a pleasingly under-produced feel to it and rarely delves into the reggae well creatively. Instead this feels more at home as a rock/punk record. And it's pretty consistently great from start to finish.

'Next to You' is an excellent opener and sadly the type of song they forgot how to do after a few albums were in the pan. It is a short, punchy, catchy pop tune with punk sensibilities. The classic Sue Lawley... sorry 'So Lonely' needs no critique. It belongs to the ages now and is a near perfect song. The same can be said for 'Roxxanne' although that could divide opinion. It's not one of my favourites but you cannot argue with its popularity. 'Hole In My Life' is more akin to 'Next to You' only at a less frantic pace. Very good but no classic. 'Peanuts' is one of my favourites. Again a great little pop tune.

'Can't Stand Losing You' is another one of the 'classic' variety. It is definitely good enough. 'Truth Hits...' is another of my favourite tracks. It's the chorus that gets stuck in your head. 'Born in the 50s' is another cracker with yet another great chorus. It's less well known but just as able as 'So Lonely'. 'Be My Girl' is both amusing and, yet again, as catchy as heck. A lot of the tracks here have a real singalong quality to them. Unfortunately 'Masoko Tanga' is merely ok. It's probably the only real reggae inlected track on the album but also the only one without a killer tune. But it's a minor quibble as the rest is all so good.

Arguably they went and topped this with Regatta. But whatever your favourite is, Outlandos was where it all began...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!, 16 April 2008
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This was one of the Police's best albums.

I always found I was more impressed with their earlier hits such as; 'Roxanne', 'So Lonely' and 'Can't Stand Losing You' - all of which are included on this album. Surprisingly, none of these great songs made it to number one - as much of their later material did, indeed 'Roxanne' did not even reach the Top Ten...

In my experience, A & M produced some of the poorest quality vinyl in terms of surface, and often the LP records were extremely thin, and so it was of a slight compensation to find that this album was released in limited blue vinyl at the time, and has since become a Collector's Item.

Ten great tracks here, and any early Police fan would not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!, 16 April 2008
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This was one of the Police's best albums.

I always found I was more impressed with their earlier hits such as; 'Roxanne', 'So Lonely' and 'Can't Stand Losing You' - all of which are included on this album. Surprisingly, none of these great songs made it to number one - as much of their later material did, indeed 'Roxanne' did not even reach the Top Ten...

In my experience, A & M produced some of the poorest quality vinyl in terms of surface, and often the LP records were extremely thin, and so it was of a slight compensation to find that this album was released in limited blue vinyl at the time, and has since become a Collector's Item.

Ten great tracks here, and any early Police fan would not be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!, 16 April 2008
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This was one of the Police's best albums.

I always found I was more impressed with their earlier hits such as; 'Roxanne', 'So Lonely' and 'Can't Stand Losing You' - all of which are included on this album. Surprisingly, none of these great songs made it to number one - as much of their later material did, indeed 'Roxanne' did not even reach the Top Ten...

In my experience, A & M produced some of the poorest quality vinyl in terms of surface, and often the LP records were extremely thin, and so it was of a slight compensation to find that this album was released in limited blue vinyl at the time, and has since become a Collector's Item.

Ten great tracks here, and any early Police fan would not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!, 16 April 2008
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This was one of the Police's best albums.

I always found I was more impressed with their earlier hits such as; 'Roxanne', 'So Lonely' and 'Can't Stand Losing You' - all of which are included on this album. Surprisingly, none of these great songs made it to number one - as much of their later material did, indeed 'Roxanne' did not even reach the Top Ten...

In my experience, A & M produced some of the poorest quality vinyl in terms of surface, and often the LP records were extremely thin, and so it was of a slight compensation to find that this album was released in limited blue vinyl at the time, and has since become a Collector's Item.

Ten great tracks here, and any early Police fan would not be disappointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The beginning of it all......................, 24 Jan. 2003
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L. Boardman "boardyl" (UK) - See all my reviews
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This was the music that exploded out of the 70's and never looked back. This was the music that started one of the best bands of all time. It's raw, vibrant, unique sounds introducing us to three of the best musicians around.
Not one track is the same - each one differing from passionate to impulsive, to wild via manic - each one catchy and worth another replay! Stings fabulous vocal range taking us through the various styles.
The music of the Police enthralled many from the 70's through the 80's - although they have all long since parted from this style of music - I still play them with a passion and wish it would start all over again!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great album!, 16 April 2008
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This was one of the Police's best albums.

I always found I was more impressed with their earlier hits such as; 'Roxanne', 'So Lonely' and 'Can't Stand Losing You' - all of which are included on this album. Surprisingly, none of these great songs made it to number one - as much of their later material did, indeed 'Roxanne' did not even reach the Top Ten...

In my experience, A & M produced some of the poorest quality vinyl in terms of surface, and often the LP records were extremely thin, and so it was of a slight compensation to find that this album was released in limited blue vinyl at the time, and has since become a Collector's Item.

Ten great tracks here, and any early Police fan would not be disappointed.
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