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Surely a contender for album of the year?!?!,
By A Customer
This review is from: ...All This Time (Audio CD)
I like Sting, nah, I love sting. He's the thinking man's musician and I'm not even a thinking man!
Roll back in time to the EPIC Eric Clapton Unplugged, here's a release on par with that!
It's a bluesy/jazzy/smooth rendition of many of the great Police and Sting classics. Check out Don't Stand So Close To Me as you've never heard it before, sort of like the unplugged Layla treatment, a bluesesque version of Brand New Day, a jazzy Moon Over Bourbon and an almost unrecognisable title track.
If you buy one CD to find out what Sting is all about, make it this one..... He's best LIVE (trust me, I was there in Hyde Park 2001 singing along to Message In A Bottle with 15,000 others!) This really shows off his amazing talents as a musician and singer.
Takes a little listening to get the gist, some of the reworks are so distant from the original, but as I say, go back to EC Unplugged, they were very new ideas too!
Only downer for me is the lack of Stings' commentary (he must have said something at the concert) but no hint here.
Fragile seems to have risen to new heights of poignancy in light of recent events and has aptly been lifted to the top of the track listing.