Sting - "Nothing Like the Sun" album review
Check out the below reviews of the Sting album "Nothing Like the Sun" with songs like Be Still My Beating Heart and History Will Teach Us Nothing. This version of the CD was released 25. of October 1990.
Tracklist Nothing Like the SunLazarus Heart - Be Still My Beating Heart - Englishman in New York - History Will Teach Us Nothing - They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo) - Fragile - We'll Be Together - Straight to My Heart - Rock Steady - Sister Moon - Little Wing - The Secret Marriage
Nothing Like the Sun reviews
The debut that shoulda been
This, the follow-up to "Dream Of The Blue Turtles" was Sting's REAL debut LP, or at least, where he finally arrived at true artistic brilliance.
His pop sensibilities are still present, here... check out 'Englishman In New York' and 'We'll Be Together' for evidence, but added to all this is a bit of picked guitar ("Fragile"), some jazzy polyrhythms ("They Dance Alone"), and a great cover of Jimi Hendrix' "Little Wing".
It's as essential an 80s document as Peter Gabriel's "So" album was, and still holds up, even nearly 20 years later.
The Definitive Sting Album
Aside from Sting's 'Greatest Hits' CD, this is his best (and could be a greatest hits CD in and of itself). In fact, 5 of the 12 songs on this CD are included on "Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting."
The insert of this CD has Sting describing how and why each song was written - that in itself is worth the price of the CD. However, the songs are fantastic. Each song has very strong aspects to it from the melody, lead guitar parts, vocals, bridge transitions, harmonies, to rhythm and pace of various songs.
Each song is quite different from one another. Thus, each song takes on its own life, movement, and feel. One of my favorites on the CD is "Secret Marriage" which Sting describes is a song based on a melody from Hanns Eisler. Eisler fled to America from the Nazis who apparently hounded him for rest of his life in various disguises (according to the insert).
If you liked the Police, then you will definitely like this CD, if you like Sting, then you should not be without this CD. I highly recommend it.
Sting at his Best
For the majority of people who believe Sting was better with The Police, _Nothing Like The Sun_ pretty much proves this theory wrong. Surrounding himself with excellent musicians such as Manu Katche, Kenny Kirkland, Branford Marsalis, Andy Summers, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and many others, this is Sting's strongest set of songs. The album also contains some of Sting's best lyrics and best vocal performances. The album feels like Sting at his most free - he's definitely making music for himself here as opposed to his recent work that often seemes to cater to the mainstream. _Nothing Like The Sun_ also has a little bit of everything; songs like "The Lazarus Heart", "We'll be Together", and "Little Wing" simply rock and "The Secret Marriage", "Fragile", and "Sister Moon" are soothingly beautiful. The production is top-notch and this rather long album has absolutely no filler. Pick this one up if you prefer the serious side of Sting.