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The Last Ship

Sting

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Recensione album

It's an open secret that Sting's interest in songwriting waned after 2003's Sacred Love, an undistinguished collection of mature pop that passed with barely a ripple despite winning a Grammy for its Mary J. Blige duet "Whenever I Say Your Name." Sting spent the next decade wandering — writing classical albums for lute, recording the frostiest Christmas album in memory, rearranging his old hits for symphony, then finally, inevitably, reuniting the Police — before finding inspiration within the confines of a musical. The Last Ship tells the tale of a British shipyard in the '80s, one laid low by changing times, so there's naturally an elegiac undertow to Sting's originals, a sensibility underscored by his decision to ground nearly all these songs in the folk of the British Isles. Dockworkers in the '80s may not have been singing folk songs, but the genre is elastic, allowing for single-spotlight soliloquies along with rousing all-cast showcases, like the boisterous "What Have We Got?" Also, by having the bones of his songs belong to folk, Sting can put together a credible album of his own, as the songs from The Last Ship feel intimate in a way he's rarely attempted in his career. He brings in a few guests — Jimmy Nail and Becky Unthank show up on the standard edition, AC/DC's Brian Johnson, a rock & roll dockworker if there ever was one, shows up on the deluxe — but the focus is entirely on the songwriter. Occasionally, Sting's desire to inhabit roles within the musical is a little too strong — not long into the album he adopts either a Scottish or Irish brogue, elsewhere he affects a workingman's vernacular, all the while sounding like nobody else but the posh Gordon Sumner — but his songs are precise and cannily crafted, bearing the work of a songwriter who is intent on sculpting every line and every melodic progression. Unlike Sacred Love, The Last Ship isn't listless; even when the album is quiet — which it often is — Sting is engaged, relishing the different characters that inhabit his musical and seizing the challenge of writing in the longform. It's easy to sling arrows at The Last Ship — there is a whiff of condescension to some of the blue-collar anthems, the air is often haughty ("The Night the Pugilist Learned How to Dance") — but this is Sting's tightest collection of songs in ages, and they all play off each other, adding up to a cohesive whole that is surely one of his best latter-day records.

Recensioni clienti

Mah...

Insomma, certo non mi aspettavo un altro "Nothing like the sun" o "Ten summoner's tales", per dirne due, ma nemmeno una ciofeca così inutile. Basta col vocione ( e lo stile) da 'bardo', please...pare posseduto dallo spirito di un menestrello, deve averlo beccato mentre cazzeggiava in brughiera: chiamate l'esorciccio!

incredibile

Un artista che sa reinventarsi così non si trova molto spesso. Da questo pezzo si preannuncia un album non immediato, melodie elaborate, testi di spessore, un album da meditare nel segno di 'The soul cages'.
Un'altra sorpresa del sessantenne più in forma del panorama musicale internazionale.

You hear it and you simply think "he's back"

The best Sting I've heard in years. This song is already a classic among Sting discography! Folk, funky, complex and simple, with a taste for perfect sounds. The mature and actrative lyrics. This is a pleasure for ears. And his voice is in perfect shape, more than 10 years ago. A must for every Sting fans. And something that truly doesn't follow the empty fashions of the moment.

Biografie

Nato(a): 02 ottobre 1951, Wallsend, England

Genere: Rock

Anni di attività: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

After disbanding the Police at the peak of their popularity in 1984, Sting quickly established himself as a viable solo artist, one obsessed with expanding the boundaries of pop music. Sting incorporated heavy elements of jazz, classical, and worldbeat into his music, writing lyrics that were literate and self-consciously meaningful, and he was never afraid to emphasize this fact in the press. For such unabashed ambition, he was equally loved and reviled, with supporters believing that he was at...
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