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Sting's Finest Album

Sonically magnificent, lyrically haunting, "The Soul Cages" is a meditation on mortality, love and the wistful regrets of youth. One need only listen to "Why Should I Cry For You?" for elegantly conceived signs of Sting's pain at the loss of his father, as well as a tribute to his love of the words of Robert Louis Stevenson ("hauling on frozen ropes..." is almost a direct lift from his poem "Christmas At Sea"). Other standouts include "All This Time," "Mad About You," "When the Angels Fall" and the title track--perhaps the most literate rock song ever recorded. Besides Sting's excellent bass work and the efforts of his talented band, Northumbrian smallpipe virtuoso Kathryn Tickell is ever present, adding an evocative atmosphere to many of the tracks. "The Soul Cages" is a magnificent achievement; an album that always complements my fall/winter rotation.

Incredibly underrated

Why this is not considered Sting's finest effort is beyond me. Every song is sonically dense, lyrically rich, and catchy as hell. Sure, it's not a pop single machine, and the somber subject matter of his father's death is sometimes tough, but it is just … incredible, start to finish.

The Soul Cages

I just bought this cd last week and so far I 've been listening to it almost everyday. I 'm in love with the music on this album and the sound is amazing. I think it's because it was mastered using the Q Sound process that the sound just sounds so rich. Anyway, this is just a great album to listen to from start to finish.


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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