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.