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  • Audio CD (11 Jun. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B00002DEB5
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STING Brand New Day (1999 UK 11-track enhanced CD album including the singles Brand New Day Desert Rose and After The Rain Has Fallen plus a CD-Rom EPK picture / lyric booklet)

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There is a difference between being an inspired musician and an informed musician. Sting is the latter. As always, he surrounds himself with ultra-talented artists: this time around Stevie Wonder, Branford Marsalis, James Taylor, guitarist Dominic Miller and the prince of rai Cheb Mami fill the roster. Brand New Day exhibits about as many musical styles as there are tracks, all encased in dense, meticulous production. The album begins promisingly. "A Thousand Years" pulses atop a lush, two-note foundation. "A Desert Rose" folds trilling Algerian pop into trip-hop. Melodic, late-night jazz ballads dominate the middle portion of the collection. But Sting's preoccupation with odd-numbered time signatures prevents the songs from grooving, while the choruses are yawns. "Fill Her Up", a country tune, represents Sting at his most self-indulgent. Listening to one of the wealthiest musicians in pop singing "Got no money to invest/Got no prospect/Or education/I was lucky to get the job at this gas station" requires a heroic suspension of disbelief. The song morphs into this rousing gospel number where Sting and a supporting chorus chant "You gotta fill 'er up with Jesus!/You gotta fill her up with life!" Who knew unleaded could be so rousing? --Beth Massa

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Format: Audio CD
On the sleeve of 'Brand New Day',Sting stands poised to spring from a lift and whisk a bewteeful laydee away to paradise (out of shot he's probably sat on a white horse).Digitally piped through hi-fi speakers perhaps he's listening to his own back catalogue? It's easy to laugh at Sting for being an ego on a stick. He is an ex-English teacher after all, and one suspects a 'recovering catholic'(?),so it should be easy to forgive the pseudo-literary,Carl Jungy ,Tantric sex thing. The following is also true; even if he didn't have one of the most compelling voices in contemporary music (which he does)and hadn't written a handful of songs that stand comparison with the very best (which he has)he would still be amongst a handful of truly world class bass players. His lines are always coolly elegant, and precisely what the song requires, eschewing obvious technical display. 'Brand New Day' isn't Stings best album, there are songs here that could be dispensed with, without the record losing anything substantial, as I think, this is probably true of all his solo output, which puts them outside the remit for truly great records (The Police managed this with monotonous regularity - imagine taking anything off 'Outlandos d'Amour' without leaving it seriously diminished?)Alot of 'Brand New Day' is just bland, and one gets the feeling that his forays into unfamiliar musical genres, overstretch even his prodigious talents. Play 'Fill Her Up' next to something by Steve Earle at his 'trailer trash' best and it just sounds stupid. Rythming weasel with diesel- an ex-English teacher! An earlier reviewer called Sting an 'informed' rather than an 'inspired' musician. He's informed alright, but to say he's never inspired is just plain wrong. Try this;take your car onto a deserted motorway. It's 3.Read more ›
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Sting's sixth studio CD is a big improvement on "Mercury Falling". The arrival of Kipper on the production side means this is certainly one of the best-produced albums in terms of its mix.

"After the Rain Has Fallen" has a standard rock chorus; but "Perfect Love Gone Wrong" has a female rap that interferes with the gentle jazz flow. "Fill Her Up" is a country & western/gospel hybrid that leaves me cold.

Far better is the philosophical love declared in the assured and well-written opening track, "A Thousand Years": "I may have lived a thousand lives, a thousand times | An endless turning stairway climbs | To a tower of souls". The electronic opening immediately declares this album to be different from all other previous ones. And in "Big Lie Small World" strings add depth to the imaginative lyrics, although these can be naively contorted in places. The track has a cool jazz feel, a trumpet floating free above the electronic beat. "Tomorrow We'll See" also has strings - and a clarinet - in the mix. Its persistent bass presages danger and add to the force of the nocturnal lyrics: "They have the money I have the time | Being pretty's my only crime". Good lyrics also appear together with a classical guitar in "Ghost Story", a ballad where a man comes to terms with his emotional past: "And now I'm thinking | That this indifference | Was my invention | When everything I did | Sought your attention". Shame about the lack of a proper climax.

The highlights of this album, which is full of songs about stresses in relationships - should we read anything into this? - are "Desert Rose" and the final title-track. Like "Mad About You" on the "Soul Cages" album, "Desert Rose" has through its percussion, Arabic voice, and string arrangement a middle-eastern feel.
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This album is the first one of Sting I've ever bought. The more I play it the more I love it. The whole album was worth buying for the first two tracks alone. There are a couple on there that I skip, but on the whole, it is very good, and varied. It's never out of my CD player! I sent the words of 'A Thousand Years' to my boyfriend. He was knocked out by the words!
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Good service. However the volume of this CD seems alittle low when playing. Am having to really turn up my hi-fi in order to get a good volume.
However, it's worth it for brilliant track 'A thousand years'.
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Brand New Day is an enjoyable album but was the start of a decline in the quality of Sting's albums. Ten Summoner's Tales was the pinnacle of his career. It's follow up, 1996's Mercury Falling was a great record. The title of Brand New Day almost indicates a change in direction with his music (no longer produced by Hugh Padgham). There are an eclectic mix of musical styles on this album but not all of the tracks are up to the high standards of his previous work. There is much to admire though. The album opener A Thousand Years is one of my favourite Sting songs and a great start to the record. I like Tomorrow We'll See and the title track, with some wonderful harmonica playing by Stevie Wonder. The lyrics to Fill Her Up are excellent and tell a story of a petrol store worker who contemplates stealing the shop's takings and heading off into the sunset. It was inspired by an Edward Hopper painting named 'Gas'. Ghost Story is also a good slower tempo number. I'm less keen on Big World, Small Lie and Desert Rose - I think Kipper's production ruins those two tracks. After the Rain Has Fallen is one of my least favourite Sting songs. The French rapping ruins Perfect Love... Gone Wrong which is about the love between a human and his dog. Overall, a very good album and better than 2003's Sacred Love, but nowhere near as good as Ten Summoner's Tales, The Soul Cages, Nothing Like the Sun, and Dream of the Blue Turtles.
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