CD Fan Review
only is 57th and 9th
Sting's first pop/rock album in over a decade, but it is also his
first release as a senior citizen. (Sting is 65?! When did that
addition, this is Sting's first pop/rock record without synthesizers
aside from some piano and organ, as well as some extra
instrumentation and orchestration on a deluxe edition bonus track,
this is basically a guitar, bass, and drums affair, resulting in a
different sound from Sting, or at least one we haven't heard from him
in a while.
Sting's typically excellent bass work and standout performances from
guitarists Dominic Miller and Lyle Workman and drummers Vinnie
Colaiuta and Josh Freese (as well as some guitars and vocals from The
Last Bandoleros), the songs have the feel of a mix of early raw
Police, garage band rock, college radio, and '90s alt rock.
couple of tunes even sound like modern Monkees songs. Yes, that's
right. The Monkees. My two favorite tracks, “One Fine Day” and
“Pretty Young Soldier,” could fit perfectly on The Monkees' 2016
album, Good Times! Sting would make a fine Monkee.
most punk raucous song here, “Petrol Head,” is a mash-up of The
Police's “Demolition Man” and Sting's “Love Is Stronger Than
record also features the requisite “slow” Sting songs, and while
they're not quite on the level of his past pensive masterpieces (you
know what those are), they're instant classics and worthy additions
to his introspective repertoire.
voice here has a grit and grizzle indicative of his age, and although
the album lacks the ethereal quality of his synthesizers and—for
the most part—his multi-tracked multi-register vocals, Sting still
sounds like Sting. And if you're a Sting fan, that's all that
and 9th ultimately shapes up as Sting's best
collection of original pop material since the 1990s.
if only Sting would combine his songwriting, bass playing, and
singing on this album with Andy Summers' songwriting and guitar work
on Circa Zero's Circus Hero (2014), and Stewart Copeland
joined in on drums …