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Album Review

For their fourth album, 1981's Ghost in the Machine, the Police had streamlined their sound to focus more on their pop side and less on their trademark reggae-rock. Their jazz influence had become more prominent, as evidenced by the appearance of saxophones on several tracks. The production has more of a contemporary '80s sound to it (courtesy of Hugh Padgham, who took over for Nigel Gray), and Sting proved once and for all to be a master of the pop songwriting format. The album spawned several hits, such as the energetic "Spirits in the Material World" (notice how the central rhythms are played by synthesizer instead of guitar to mask the reggae connection) and a tribute to those living amid the turmoil and violence in Northern Ireland circa the early '80s, "Invisible Sun." But the best and most renowned of the bunch is undoubtedly the blissful "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," which topped the U.K. singles chart and nearly did the same in the U.S. (number three). Unlike the other Police releases, not all of the tracks are stellar ("Hungry for You," "Omegaman"), but the vicious jazz-rocker "Demolition Man," the barely containable "Rehumanize Yourself," and a pair of album-closing ballads ("Secret Journey," "Darkness") proved otherwise. While it was not a pop masterpiece, Ghost in the Machine did serve as an important stepping stone between their more direct early work and their more ambitious latter direction, resulting in the trio's exceptional blockbuster final album, 1983's Synchronicity.

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The most progressive album by the trio

Every part of this disc stands as the most outspokenly progressive sounds this band would achieve acting as a band. The dismal relationships between all three of these remarkable musicians collapsed into sheer acrimony by the time Synchronicity was released in 1983. But "Ghost In The Machine" could quite possibly be the best this group would ever become before self-combusting. Offering relatively longer tracks than previous efforts, the album explores rather deep territory musically, resplendent with Sting's search for more expressive lyrics that not only offer not only the obligatory off-centered romance of "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic," but also the reggae-pulsating bounce of "One World (Not Three)." Hands down, the best cuts on this disc are Invisible Sun, One World (Not Three), Secret Journey and Omegaman, but such a list denies that simply ALL of the tracks present the Police at the absolute top of their game. Highly recommended as an ENTIRE album.

Ghosts in the Machine

Best album ever!


birday good album


Formed: 1977 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '00s

Nominally, the Police were punk rock, but that's only in the loosest sense of the term. The trio's nervous, reggae-injected pop/rock was punky, but it wasn't necessarily punk. All three members were considerably more technically proficient than the average punk or new wave band. Andy Summers had a precise guitar attack that created dense, interlocking waves of sounds and effects. Stewart Copeland could play polyrhythms effortlessly. And Sting, with his high, keening voice, was capable of constructing...
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