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Editors’ Notes

After disbanding The Police at the pinnacle of their international fame in 1984, Sting returned forcefully to the jazz and prog-rooted music he had been playing before his foray into pop, infusing it with timely doses of world music and even some classical touches in the bargain. His 1985 debut Dream of the Blue Turtles seemed to alienate one former Police fan for every new admirer Sting won over, but this 1987 follow-up argued he had no intention turning back. The album reunite sthe singer with Blue Turtles collaborator Branford Marsalis, with jazz notable Gil Evans also contributing to the album's upscale cover of Hendrix's "Little Wing" So serious was Sting's introspective lyrical muse on the project that his label reportedly demanded the addition of the upbeat, blue-eyed soul single "We'll Stay Together," a hit that does little to betray the project's often dour tone. Still, the stridency of "History Will Teach Us Nothing" is countered by fine performances like "Fragile" and "Be Still My Beating Heart," arguing that Sting's ambitious talents aren't always in sync with his conscientious heart and guilt-ridden soul.

Customer Reviews

It doesn't get any better than this.

I bought this album from iTunes months ago and didn't really pay much attention to it back then. I own most of his discography and have always been a huge Sting fan. But something happened recently when I bought a new turntable and ridiculously expensive cartridge and began listening to my old LP collection. I bought this album when it was originally released (and as CDs began eclipsing LPs popularity) and didn't listen to it much before the old turntable and boxes of LPs found a new home in the attic. After re-discovering my love of vinyl I've learned there's a HUGE variation in pressing and sound quality from LP to LP and this particular album helped demonstrate that point. I apparently had an incredibly mint copy of this album and the sound was nothing short of jaw-dropping. It was at this point that I became more fully aware of what a phenomenal artist/arranger/musician Sting really is. There simply isn't a bad cut on this entire release. My personal favorite is his cover of Hendrix's "Little Wing". The mix on that song will bring tears to your eyes (pop on some headphones and listen to your iPod or whip out an old LP if you have it); not to take away from any other player's contribution but Branford Marsalis' and Hiram Bullock's talent really shine on this cut. After several re-listens, Nothing Like the Sun has now moved into my all-time favorites column. Make the investment in this release (along with some really good headphones) and you won't be sorry.

Brilliant

I know it's cliche to write a 5 star review, but 'Nothing Like the Sun...' is one of the most emotionally gripping, moving, evocative, and compelling albums ever concieved. It is Sting's most accessible album, without sacrificing emotion or depth. A must have for anybody, anytime, anywhere.

Amazing!

Sting has never failed to impress me, but out of all of his albums (Police included) this is my favorite. Sister Moon is so atmospheric and tranquil. His version of little wing is beautiful. They dance alone.... there is not a bad song on this album. I listen to all kinds of music, though I've always been a metal purist; yet this album remains in my top 5 favorite albums of all time!

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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