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You will see light in the darkness,
This review is from: Ghost In The Machine (Audio CD)
The Police's fourth studio album saw them expand their sound from previous albums with the inclusion of brass sections and an increase in the use of keyboards rather than the more traditional three piece sound of the first three albums (bass, guitar and drums). Luckily for The Police this evolution did not prevent them from scoring a massive hit with "Every Little Thing She Does is Magic" (throwaway pop IMO!) whereas the other two singles (Invisible Sun (referencing "the troubles") and Spirits In The Material World) are rather more thoughtful songs as seems to be most of the album. In terms of the other tracks, it ranges from the brilliant "Secret Journey" ("you will see light in the darkness") and "One World" to the rather laboured "Demolition Man". Sting's songwriting is generally very good on this album and as previously mentioned above he could still write a great pop song. I would add an honourable mention goes to Andy Summers's "Omegaman" while Stewart Copeland's "Darkness" is possibly not the best song he wrote for the band.
In conclusion, this is one of my favourite Police albums as it attempts to change the (winning) formula of the first three albums although in reality probably sowed the seeds for Sting's future solo career...