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Genres: Pop, Rock
Sting explores his shiny, happy side on Sacred Love, adding playful touches of techno to his smooth, vaguely multi-cultural pop sound. Like 1999's Brand New Day, Love sounds effortless and content, with expert musicians ba... more »
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Sting explores his shiny, happy side on Sacred Love, adding playful touches of techno to his smooth, vaguely multi-cultural pop sound. Like 1999's Brand New Day, Love sounds effortless and content, with expert musicians backing up Sting's gauzy revelations about love and life. The former Police frontman shakes things up here and there; DJ/producers like BT and Victor Calderone breathe life into tracks like "Never Coming Home" and "Send Your Love," while Mary J. Blige puts her smoky vocals to work on "Whenever I Say Your Name." "This War" takes a not-so-subtle shot at George W. Bush, as Sting gives his left-leaning fan base a thrill with lyrics like "Your daddy was a businessman/ and it always made good sense/ You know the war can make you rich my friend/ In dollars, pounds, and cents." Of course, Sting long ago cashed in his rebel cachet for adult contemporary oblivion. But even though this music is designed for broad appeal, it does so with the natural, unforced ease of a seasoned showman. --Matthew Cooke
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Susan C. from MEMPHIS, TN
Reviewed on 2/13/2007...
Got lots of Sting ... this one is very moving, especially "The Book of My Life," but I'm ready to move on.
Brandi Bechtel | Boise, ID | 01/07/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a Sting fan for a long time. I liked him when he was with the police and I like him still. This album is great. I really like the song Stollen Car, because it has a great beat. I also like the song Never Coming Home. There were many times in my life I wanted to do what that song talks about. I think Sting is still a great musician."
One of my favorite Sting albums
Christine A. Clay | NC, USA | 02/17/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album didn't produce any hits in the U.S. (although "Whenever I Say Your Name," the duet with Mary J. Blige, did get some radio play) but it is nonetheless one of the Sting albums - and I have all of them - that I come back to again and again. Sting has been singing about love since his days with The Police, but he reveals a more mature, though still passionate, perspective on this album.
My favorite song is "Send Your Love" which I appreciate for its energy and frankness: "There's no religion but sex and music."
Like many Sting fans, what I have admired most about his music is the poetry of his lyrics and this album does not disappoint. He is at his lyrical best on the brooding "The Book of My Life": "It's the book of my days, it's the book of my life / And it's cut like a fruit on the blade of a knife / And it's all there to see as the section reveals / There's some sorrow in every life."
The only exception to the warm and intimate atmosphere of the album is "This War" which is an indictment of world leaders who "Invest in deadly weapons/ And those little cotton flags/ Invest in wooden caskets/ In guns and body bags." But this song has something to say about love too in that it shows what the absence of love looks like."