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Fields of Gold - The Best of Sting (1984-1994)

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Editors’ Notes

As a solo artist, Sting has carried himself with the grace of an aristocrat, retaining his air of dignity no matter what the musical setting. Jazz, blues, folk, and theater music influences have all helped to shape his post-Police sound. The far corners of his creative forays are touched upon on Fields of Gold, a gathering of tracks from his first four solo albums. Taken together, these recordings are impressive for their austere beauty and flashes of insight, combining an immaculate sonic finish with a firm grasp of classic songcraft. Sting’s chameleon-like ability to adapt his vocal persona to wildly different settings serves him well — from the shadowy ambiance of “Moon over Bourbon Street” to the footloose bounce of “Englishman in New York” and the supper-club elegance of “It’s Probably Me,” he moves through scenes like a consummate actor. His romantic tunes — especially “Love is the Seventh Wave” — combine a fierce yearning with dreamy detachment. There’s little straight-ahead rock here, though “We’ll Be Together” gets legitimately funky. Finest of all is the title number, a haunting jaunt across Celtic landscapes. These tracks may not resolve Sting’s contradictions, but they do affirm the depth of his talent.

Customer Reviews

The greatest album I own

I remember hearing a famous singer recount his experience of driving down the highway as "When We Dance" came on the radio. He was so mesmerized he had to pull over. This entire album is kind of like that, sound production and attention to detail is outstanding. Melodies are infectious, lyrics are poetic. Sets the mood, no matter your mood.

For the Passive Fan

I am a real, honest to God Sting nut. For that reason, I can't give this album five stars. True, some of his best songs are on this greatest hits album (All This Time, Fragile, Why should I Cry for You) but to fully appreciate these songs, it is better to experience them within the context of their original albums. However, for the fan that doesn't wait at the record store the morning a new Sting album comes out, this is a good representation of his hits. If that's what you are looking for, then go for it, but if you want to experience this artist to his full capacity, I would encourage you to buy an album rather than a greatest hits (and I'd pick one of his first three).

Simply Scrumtrulescent

My parents are divorced, and everytime my dad would pick me and my brother up at our mom's, this album would be playing. Every song is a piece of my life. Now that I'm older, I listen to these songs regularly just to relive the wonderful past experiences. Sting is a poetic and musical genius. His talent is only exceeded by his divine looks. I just melt whenever i hear the sweet words project from my car speakers. All in all this album is truly life changing, and for anyone in a down mood, pick up a copy of this masterful work of artistic brilliance.

Biography

Born: October 2, 1951 in Wallsend, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '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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