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  • Summary: Did you know this guy used to be in the Police?
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  1. There is some real grime and songwriting grit in these songs, that while outfitted in lush production, faux-soul effects and banal duets, rock harder than anything Sting has offered in ages.
  2. The radiant Sacred Love is a vivid and frequently gorgeous reminder that Gordon Sumner is first and foremost a talented singer-songwriter.
  3. Not his strongest album, but another relatively strong effort.
  4. Easier to admire than actually like. [Oct 2003, p.114]
  5. If you're a fan, you'll likely find this is a fine addition to his oeuvre; it's poetic, sophisticated, jazzy, and occasionally even funky. [3 Oct 2003, p.71]
  6. 60
    It's an honourable outcome for such overreaching ambition to fall inevitably short, but not flat on its face. [Oct 2003, p.110]
  7. Rife with hyper-marketable flamenco guitars and jazz pianos, it's world music for people whose idea of adventure is a trip to Banana Republic.

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  1. VadimA
    Aug 23, 2006
    10
    This album is definitely one of Sting's best. Not as powerfull as Bran New Day, nor as touching as The Soul Cages, it shows the work of a musician who reached artistic maturity. Expand
  2. NseE
    Oct 20, 2003
    10
    Fantastic, as usual. Sting can do no wrong. Heavy techno/hip hop beats, meander through lush instrumentation and Shakespearean lyrics to give something heard nowhere else. Standouts (besides everything) include ?The book of my life? with wonderful sitar, ?Sacred love? especially the dance mix (look out Donna Summer, ha!),? Inside?, ?Never coming home?, and my favorite ?Stolen car (take me dancing)?. Expand
  3. neeciem
    Oct 6, 2003
    10
    I Love this CD. Some of the songs (Dead Man's Rope, Whenever I say your name) Could probably easily cross over form the pop to christian charts, even ! WOW As usual he never fails to leave me in AWE of his musical genious! Expand
  4. RichieC
    Oct 21, 2003
    10
    There are 3 songs I am not very impressed with, but there are 7 perfect songs, too! I would rate those at 11/10!
  5. ChrisR
    Dec 2, 2003
    9
    Loved the Police and sometimes been a bit disappointed with Stings solo albums, often finding a few great tracks but several that I feel are filler or experimental. This is an album that feels complete and less jazzy than some of his previous solo stuff - which as I'm not a great Jazz fan is fine by me! Expand
  6. DinoM
    Dec 4, 2007
    8
    The evolution of Sting as an artist continues. As a Sting fan, definitely a must have. The lyrics on this album stand out the most for me and Sting really beings some situations to life perfectly. "The Book of my Life" is the song that stands out the most as it isn't beat driven, like most of the allbum is, but works well in "Never Coming Home" and with the guitars in "This War". Overall, a very "pop" album, but definitely worth the purchase for Sting fans. Expand
  7. AnneC.
    Dec 11, 2003
    6
    Technically not bad, but not great either. The production is lush but at the same time unambitious and unremarkable, which can pretty much be said about the singing, lyrics, and just about everthing else about this album. After awhile, all of the songs begin to blur together. There's no real urgency driving the music, and unless you are already a Sting fan you'd probably be better off picking up something fresher. Expand

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