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on 13 August 2017
Can not get enough of The Police , although I am Biased , as I have always loved this group and the music they perform :-)
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Bought to replace original cassette which was chewed up by tape recorder... still going strong...
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on 16 October 2003
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...
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on 9 December 2003
The Police were an excellent band and this is an excellent Police album.
Ghost in the Machine marked a change in the way they wrote music; it’s a ‘darker’ album than the previous three and certainly more adventurous musically and lyrically. I can’t think of one bad song, even the token tracks by Stewart Copeland & Andy Summers are good. Definitely one of the best albums of the eighties, and although Synchronicity was hailed as their greatest achievement I think that Ghost is in many ways superior. Thoroughly Recommended!
The SACD version is sublime, definitely a strong case for the format.
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on 18 August 2005
The two-year gap between this album and the previous Zenyatta Mondatta, allowed the band to craft some really excellent songs, and change musical direction once again. The fast pop / reggae crossover of previous albums briefly appears with Rehumanise Yourself, but the rest of the album (with the obvious exception of Every Little Thing...!) is musically a lot more substantial. There is extensive use of synthesiser and saxaphone, which Sting learned to play in a few months, prompting Copeland to (only half) jokingly label him as a "crummy little creep"! The relational cracks between those two, which ultimately broke up the band, were obviously well-known by this stage, but they seemed to have spurred them on to greater things in this album. Sprits In The Material World is a great opener, followed by the brilliant Invisible Sun (ridiculously banned, because a certain broadcaster viewed it as pro-IRA!). Whilst Sting could obviously still write great pop songs (Every Little Thing...), this was altogether more serious stuff. Other great songs include Omegaman, Secret Journey and Darkness, but the rest of the album doesn't quite hit the spot, hence only 4 stars.
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on 9 November 2011
Not up to the simple creativity of their first 2 and final releases and probably on a par with Zenyatta... . It starts superbly with the peerless 'Spirits in the Material World'. I remember this as being one of my few first experiences of pop songs. This and the opening to 'Invisible Sun' still have a haunting quality for me, as a gateway to a time of my life that is slowly becoming cloudier. It is not purely because of this personal connection that I rate the first 3 tracks so highly; they are simply excellent songs. And 'Every Little Thing...' is almost a template for perfect pop song writing. Tingly.

After this however the quality subsides rather than disappears altogether. 'Hungry For You' is a good, mid-paced 80s dance track. It's gor rhythm and funk but not much in the way of tune or melody. 'Demolition Man' is similar. It builds on a repeated riff, adding reggae to pop as opposed to the other way round which arguably works better. It's an ok song that feels more of a jam. 'Too Much Information' and 'Rehumanize Yourself' follow this pattern although they are not as long. They sound fun and upbeat but also sound like a band wanting to be classified as World Music instead of the pop act they had become. 'One World' is the LiveAid track insomuch as it sounds perfect for an elongated jam infront of thousands of people trying to bring down apartheid but not so special as part of an album.

Luckily it ends as it started - with a few crackers. 'Omegaman' is a great song with an excellent chorus and 'Secret Journey' is slowly becoming one of my favourite Police tracks that non-fans don't know. 'Darkness' is a suitably lack-lustre closer, in tone not quality. It's a grower but delivers eventually.

Not their best album but contains some of their very best tracks (the first 3 being my pick and 'Secret Journey'). Their next and final album, however, was set to blow everyone's mind and also produce a testament to their short time as a group with the song that will be forever played - good job it was a an all-round winner!
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on 14 October 2000
supuerb, what can you say the agnostic and dynamic relationship between Sting and Copeland is fully exhibited in this grand jesture. They were the best band in the world and although this is all to forgotten nowadays the bass lines especially on "Hungry for you" and "Secret Journey" speak volumes
if you haven't got it get it
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on 28 February 2008
This is, without doubt the definitive Police album, which is slightly strange as it is less representative of their earlier 'white reggae' sound, featuring as it does, only a couple of songs with a reggae feel, One World, and the opener, Spirits in The Material World.
The famous Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic, is a rare thing, a Police single that is simply a happy love song, and the dark Invisible Sun, mean the three singles from the album are listened to first, allowing the rest of the album to be enjoyed for themselves.
There is a heavier rock feel to the material, offset by the riffing horns and keyboards, whch elevate this above previous offerings.
There isn't a duff track here, and notable standouts include J'Auirais Toujour fam De Toi, sung in French, Demolition Man with its itchy Andy Summers guitar work, Too Much Information with its brilliant funky feel and Rehumanise yourself with its interesting lyrics!!
Moving on, One World makes its meaning clear against a backdrop of well done reggae, and Omegaman, notable for its excellent guitar solo.
The last two tracks are belters. Secret Journey, released as a single in the USA but not here, features some a really atmospheric opening leading into a bit of the old walking on the moon style Police guitar twang, and this is a very fine song.
The last one, the Stewart Copeland penned Darkness is excellent; a very evocative sound, with restrained percussion work, and a lyric that makes you think closes the album in a very thoughtful way that leaves you wanting more, and demostrates the extra dimension that Copeland and Summers could bring to the songwritng duties, that were quite often overshadowed by the Sting writing machine.
Songs like darkness make you wish that the other two members would have been allowed to contribute more to the tracks on Police albums.
With the Police back together and touring, lets hope some new stuff will one day appear. Until then , this is close to perfection.
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As someone who started to listen to Roots Reggae after 1979 and the influence on me was the 'white reggae band': the Police & their hit single: "Walking on the moon" and this track is from the "Reggata De Blanc" album and not "Ghost in the machine" (GITM) album - which this review is about!

The Police are perhaps one of the greatest bands & especially between 1981-3 period. To many people, the Album "Synchronicity" stands out. However, I found the GITM the fourth Police studio album as my choice & synchronicity album does contain their best ever hit: "Every Breath You Take" may be reason for it being more popular than this Album?

The GITM 1st track: "Spirits in the Material World" is a great opener, followed by the brilliant "Invisible Sun" which is a tribute to those living amid the turmoil and violence in Northern Ireland & was unfairly banned, because a certain broadcaster viewed it as pro-IRA!

Other good racks are "Secret Journey"; "Every Little Thing She Does..."; "Darkness"; "One World" & "Omegaman".

As for other tracks, on the whole they were average tracks but that does deter me from complimenting on the band's thoughtful approach to issues through their lyrics!
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on 15 February 2002
The year was 1981 and the Police were on top of the world, musically and lyrically. This album is remembered most for the most beautiful pop song of them all..."every little thing she does is magic..". Not surprisingly it still sounds so fresh and cheerful in 2002. Other high points are
"Spirits in the material world", "Invisible Sun" and the most clever of clever guitar riffs in "Omegaman". "Secret Journey" is testing and tuneful (echos of the "message in a bottle"
guitar sound). Some of the songs are lacking something.. "Rehumanise yourself" and "Demolition man" just don't do anything for me. However on a very bright note , it finishes with the wonderfully gloomy "Darkness"...
Ah..the great '80's!
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