12 Songs, 54 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Best of 25 Years distills Sting’s extensive 25 Years collection into 12 quick doses of everything he does so well. It includes the 2011 remixes of “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free,” “We’ll Be Together,” and “Never Coming Home,” as well as three live cuts from New York’s Irving Plaza. The live cuts, in their 2011 remixed forms, are bright, alluring, and diverse. The Police’s “Message in a Bottle” is crisp pop, with tough guitars giving the song its necessary brawn. “Demolition Man”—which Sting wrote for Grace Jones and recorded on his own for the Sylvester Stallone/Wesley Snipes film of the same name—is dense hard rock. “Heavy Cloud No Rain” gives up an easy funk. “Whenever I Say Your Name,” featuring Mary J. Blige, won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The megahits “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” and “Fields of Gold” from Ten Summoner’s Tales and “Desert Rose” from Brand New Day round out this solo-career summary.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Best of 25 Years distills Sting’s extensive 25 Years collection into 12 quick doses of everything he does so well. It includes the 2011 remixes of “If You Love Somebody Set Them Free,” “We’ll Be Together,” and “Never Coming Home,” as well as three live cuts from New York’s Irving Plaza. The live cuts, in their 2011 remixed forms, are bright, alluring, and diverse. The Police’s “Message in a Bottle” is crisp pop, with tough guitars giving the song its necessary brawn. “Demolition Man”—which Sting wrote for Grace Jones and recorded on his own for the Sylvester Stallone/Wesley Snipes film of the same name—is dense hard rock. “Heavy Cloud No Rain” gives up an easy funk. “Whenever I Say Your Name,” featuring Mary J. Blige, won the 2004 Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. The megahits “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” and “Fields of Gold” from Ten Summoner’s Tales and “Desert Rose” from Brand New Day round out this solo-career summary.

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Ratings and Reviews

3.5 out of 5
65 Ratings
65 Ratings
Gustlock ,

Tired

I'm a HUGE Sting fan…but gotta say…..I'm disappointed that he has not released anything original in soooooo long. Tired of this re-packaged stuff I've already heard. Plus….I think I'm not alone in saying these are NOT the best of 25 years. Why should I cry for you……...

darlenam8 ,

Disappointing

Sting is one of my all time favorite artists, but I am truly disappointed in this release. How many "best of's" and re-releases do we need? Sting is/was a creative musical genius, where is that genius now? Cashing in on loyal fools... I mean, fans. Please, give us something new!
Also, I can't see how this compilation of 12 songs rates as the best of 25 years. REALLY?

77artisan ,

It's how you look at it.

This is a release for I tunes. So that on the cover page there's some new representation as a artist popping up periodically And it gives people who may not have any sting on there iPod a chance to download some top / classic hits without having to by 10 albums or miss one the forgot about or a bunch of filler songs that they may not care for. It's a new time a new way. These are not even albums or CDs the are digital advertisements for a pre packaged generation so grab a pepsi your pillow pet sit back and relax and listen to some sting if you don't all ready have these songs.

Take it for what it is advertisement. It probably took 10 mins and a sign here to release it and viola 250,000 bucks in your sting pants.

I would love to hear the best of 25 years of all these negative reviewers.

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