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Synchronicity (Remastered)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 29 May 2007
To hardcore Police fans of yesteryear, this album could have been construed as a disappointment. Who cares? The fact that this album was a monumental best seller that appealed to millions of people is a testament to its finely crafted pop tunes.

Sure, there are a couple of dogs on this album, namely the excrutiating Mother, the less than overwhelming Murder by Numbers, and the pointless Miss Gradenko. However, these tracks are more than made up for by the searing intensity of Synchronicity II, the brilliant Wrapped Around Your Finger, and galactico uber hit Every Breath You Take.

Here we have a three piece band at the very height of their song writing and musical powers - the perfect time to call it a day.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2007
Although all their albums are perfetly structured and worth a listen nothing ever sounded quite like Synchronicity. From start to finish the album grabs your attention with key songs like the title track, Walking in Your Footsteps and O My God! Side Two however is where the gems are and is worth the buying price alone. King of Pain, Every Breath you Take and my personal favourite Police track ever Wrapped Around Your Finger are beautiful songs with well written melodies and as always fantastic drumming and production. A perfect note for the police to finish on, and album with all but one filler (The for some unlistenable Mother). Apart from this minor glitch a great final album, if you were only going to get one Police album, get this one, even just for side 2!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2015
The Police's 5th and final studio album represents, for the most part, a superb valedictory effort. There are a number of really beautifully crafted tracks including the haunting strains of 'King Of Pain', the insistent chug of 'Every Breath You Take' and the utterly brilliant 'Wrapped Around Your Finger' which possibly qualifies as my favourite Police track of all-time. The first half of the album veers between the sublime ('Walking In Your Footsteps' and the thunderously good 'Synchronicity 2') and the ridiculous (the atrocious Summers' dirge 'Mother' and Copeland's rather lightweight 'Miss Gradenko'). Even so, there is so much to appreciate on this album that I'm prepared to overlook its weak points and award it a 5 star rating.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 February 2010
Bearing in mind that the band broke up a year or so after recording this album, its not difficult to think that this sounds almost like a sting solo album in places. It's certainly unlike anything The Police had recorded previously, much of the reggae influence is absent here(but not totally), and in its place a more straight ahead rock sound (check "Synchronicity II"). There isn't a single dud track on here, it's also probably their most diverse album to date as well. There is so much more on this to enjoy than "Every Breath You Take". Fave tracks include "Synchronicity I", "Mother", "Wrapped around your finger" and the brooding "Tea in the sahara". If you don't own any Police records, get this and "Regatta de Blanc" first.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
This is the final visit of The Police to the studio (with the exception of the horribly revamped Don't Stand So Close To Me) and it's a good way to go out - arguably their best album. Musically diversifying still further, this ranges from dreamy songs like Tea In The Sahara and Wrapped Around Your Finger to out-and-out rock with the brilliantly dark Synchronicity II, which still makes me laugh with delight - "we try to shout above the din of our rice krispies"! Lryically and musically superior to all their previous efforts, it is a fitting final offering from a great band. It has to be 5 stars for this one.
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on 23 November 2013
Most bands peak then slowly released weaker and weaker albums until they decide to call it a day. The Police were the exception. They went out on a high with Synchronicity. It's a album of two half's, I'm not a fan of either Synchronicity song and Summers and Copeland songs are absolutely suicidal. It's like they were trying to sabotage Sting's perfect album.

There second half or side two is incredible all 4 original are masterpieces in my opinion. Choosing between them is like choosing between your kids. They contain some of the most passionate and honest song writing ever recorded.

This album will always have a place in my heart. They don't make 'em like this anymore.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 16 October 2003
The Police's last studio album contained one of their best known hit singles in "Every Breath You Take" but the track is rather an oddity on the album as the band's sound became more expansive on this album (progressive?) than ever before barely resembling the rock/reggae crossover they so well exploited on early albums.
Like all other Police albums, I like this album alot as overall, the songwriting is of a high quality, the production is good and the album sounds good to listen to. For me, the standout tracks are "Walking In Your Footsteps", "Mother" (Don't ask me why - I just think it is great that Andy Summers was able to get this mad song on the album - think Oedipus Complex), "King of Pain", "Wrapped Around Your Finger" and "Tea in the Sahara" - at least half the album is fab!
A great way to bow out on i must say...
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 1 April 2003
The police released this, their final record (save the clumsy and doomed reunion of 1986) in 1983, 3 years before my birth. It's a testament to the record that not only has our vinyl copy lasted 20 years, but so has the music in its grooves. A few of the opening cuts could do with the cutting room floor treatment - notably Walking In Your Footsteps, which proves that songs about dinosaurs should be killed without prejudice. But the fist side closes on a high, with the sharp and darkclassic Synchronicity II. Side 2 is wall to wall quality, from the international, ironic mega-hit Every Breath You Take to the all time classic King of Pain, and a synth-laden return to their pop-reggae roots on Wrapped Around Your Finger. Yes, ill-concieved rhymes abound (Museum/see 'um) but overall, buy it cheap and revel in its glory.
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on 15 July 2013
The CD is good. The SACD is better overall, though it lacks some drive on tracks like Synchronicity II. but the SHM SACD is streets ahead of either. The drive is there, the transparency is better than analogue, and there's nothing between you and the group. Sting's voice is raw and alive, the drums have real punch. I only wish everything was sold in this format. It's a pity about the price - but it's worth it.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 6 December 2013
I first heard this album soon after it came out so many years ago, and was impressed. Having lost the CD a long time ago, I bought it again this week and listened to it twice this evening. It still impresses, but I couldn't help thinking how lacking in joy this album's songs come across in listening. The internal strains of the Police as a band and with personal difficulties to face in their lives could not but influence the kind of music they would produce for this their last album. That said, it's a very accomplished work, both musically and verbally.

Stand-out tracks for me are Every Breath You Take, King of Pain, Wrapped Around Your Finger, and Tea in the Sahara, all on side two. Some of the other tracks on side one are not without considerable merit, such as Synchronicity 1 and Walking in Your Footsteps, and none of the rest on both sides is bad (even if one or two tracks are quite disliked by many fans). The change in mood in the album compared to the previous ones is noticeable, and the beginning of a solo Sting career in the making is also evident, with all the best songs written and sung by him. But the combination of wonderful guitar work by Andy Summers and brilliant drumming by Stewart Copeland shouldn't be underestimated, and they, together with Sting's bass and unique vocals, made the sound of Police instantly recognisable. No wonder that the Police were regarded as an excellent band in their time, and their legacy continues in that people still want to listen to and dance to their music. Not many bands from thirty or so years ago could say that.

I don't think I can say much more about Synchronicity without repeating what many people have already said over the years, but for me it provides a worthy conclusion to their brief career. Since I now possess all five of their albums (all re-bought or bought for the first time this year), I think I have finally acquired a true measure of how great a band they were.
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