Having obtained various Sting albums and DVDs over a few years, I have a great deal of respect for the dexterity and fluidity with which he can meld textures and styles of music into what could simply be termed 'the Sting sound'. His last studio album 'Brand New Day' allowed a freshness not heard on previous solo's to come through. The jazzy streak of 'The Dream of Blue Turtles' was there, but the rushing, clatter of percussive rhythms such as is found on 'Ten Summoners Tales'; was replaced by subtlety and warm composition. This album, whilst still containing some solid tracks (note the experimental streak of jazz piano and sampled electronic drums at the end of 'Never Coming Home'); harks back to the beats and at times untidy rhythms of Stings earlier works. All in all this album lacks sophistication and the fresh approach of 'Brand New Day'. The words comfort zone spring to mind. And a remix and 'live' version of an old song?...FILLERS!. This is an average album from someone who is capable of much more. Its cheap, it's a cheat, but he knows it will sell. Lets hope his musical integrity is not sacrificed quite as much next time, for the sake of staying in the public eye.
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