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1.0 out of 5 stars Time to get back to Earth..., 5 Nov. 2009
This review is from: If On A Winter's Night (Gatefold Cover) (Audio CD)
Sting is an artist with talent. You can like or dislike what he makes, but he can sing, he can write and he always surrounds himself with top notch musiscians. In the past, he has had huge success. But why do succesful artists always tend to get their heads up in space? After the intitial Shakespeare inspired songs, a great 9/11 concert that showed his humanity, he chose the holy path, going as far as projecting himself as a sort of "jezus" figure in the clip of "Brand New Day." This has been a couple of years ago and he has gotten worse since then. Insightful lyrics are replaced with mopey songs about looking inside your soul more of that lot. But this...He has literally outdone himself. I should have seen this coming because Sting has tried to master vocals that aren't his own before. By now I thought he'd learned the cliché "be yourself, everybody else is taken," but my hopes were too high.

First off, the booklet. Beautifully shot pictures that ooze atmosphere going as far as looking something like a photo exhibition. As another reviewer pointed out, Sting's beard and 'seasoned' appearance gives us a good idea of what his music might be like. Then there's a premise written by the man himself. He gives a detailed, novelesque description of what it is like to sit in a cold room with a lot of muscisians. This takes more than 2 pages to describe, because everyone is so marvelous and great they need many setences dedicated to them, saying how great they are in several different poetic ways. Now, ofcourse it's nice when an artist takes the time to give credit to the people they work with, but this seems almost pretentious.

Anyway, on to the music. After all, that's what really matters. I needed the lyrics in order to understand what was said in most of the songs. Sting has lowered his voice to this....combination of sounds that could have come from a tuba. Sometimes I can hear "Gabriel" when he makes the mistake of actually trying to pronounce a word. It sounds like something holy, something that cannot and should not be grasped by normal earthlings like myself. And then there are the cliché's. An Irish violin, a Scottish harpist, and several other instruments in order to sound like something historical. And then I realize the music is exactly like the pictures. It tries so hard to be something profound, it ends up being everything except that.

Sting, stop trying to be something and be something. Being yourself worked just fine in the past. Why fix something that is not broken?
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Initial post: 17 Jan 2013 18:50:53 GMT
R. Harris says:
Couldn't agree more.
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