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This review is from: Synchronicity (Audio CD)
When i first bought this album aged 13 on vinyl from woolworths in 1983, i was blown away by the difference of the song structure from the previous LP, Ghost in the Machine.
It opnes with one of the standout tracks Synchronicity 1, which is completely brilliant, catchy, compelling and driving.
The next track, Walking In Your Footsteps again shows an unusual stripped down sound which grabs the attention.
Then we are back on almost Zenyatta territory with O My God, which again is a great song, with that distinctive Andy Summers guitar twang.Messy ending though.
And next is the one that is love or hate; Mother.
This song is a Summers song in the mould of 'Friends' which was the b side to Don't Stand So Close To Me, and there you have it really; this one should have been a B-side to a single and allowed great songs that WERE b sides to singles off this album to actually make it onto Sychronicity itself, such as Someone To talk to, and the very dark and compelling Once Upon A Daydream, but there you go, these masterpieces we were denied, unless you buy the vinyl singles, or Message In A Box.
Miss Gradenko i love, because it has the quirky Stewart Copeland identity which there was not enough of on Police albums, and it harkd back to the Regatta album.
Sychronicity 11 i always disliked. I thought it was a bit pointless and just doesn't quite work as a song. Good lyrics though.
Every Breath You take, what can i (yawn) say? Everyone knows it, its a great song but been played to death, not their best though i don't think.
The songs that make up the rest of the album show The Police at their finest.
King Of Pain, Wrapped around Your Finger and Tea In the Sahara show a breathtaking musicanship, songwriting ability and diversity of song style which makes for an interesting listen. Tea in the Sahara is just amazingly brooding and atmospheric, made all the more so by Andy Summers echoplex guitarwork.
Then Murder by Numbers, a B side which was an extra track on the original cassete release, and again suffers froma messy ending, but is very bluesy, great guiar work and a nice drum riff.
What you get is a very diverse album that even today does not sound dated, and that is always the mark of a great album.