The Last Ship

  • Record Label: A&M
  • Release Date: Sep 24, 2013

Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
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  1. Oct 10, 2013
    Sting the pop singer is clearly not returning any time soon--but for better or worse, he manages to shine on The Last Ship.
  2. Sep 24, 2013
    There is a whiff of condescension to some of the blue-collar anthems, the air is often haughty ("The Night the Pugilist Learned How to Dance")--but this is Sting's tightest collection of songs in ages, and they all play off each other, adding up to a cohesive whole that is surely one of his best latter-day records.
  3. 60
    It ends with a glorious resolution of two notes teased from Northumbrian pipes, so perfect and final that the reprise of “The Last Ship” seems redundant. Such honest moments make this album a worthwhile, if not fully rounded experience.
  4. Sep 24, 2013
    Unfortunately, the set doesn’t quite command as a fully realized piece.
  5. Sep 24, 2013
    Sting sounds earnest and isolated: like a man singing bleakly out to sea. But he veers towards hammy at times, laying his Geordie accent on a little too thickly.
  6. Sep 24, 2013
    The play won't open until next year, so for now all the drama in these songs is internal, and all the more riveting for that.
  7. Sep 24, 2013
    While it feels more a "project" than an album--mainly because urbane Sting never quite nails the protagonists' desperation--he tells their stories with kindness and care.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. MES
    Oct 21, 2013
    Disclosure: I'm a big Sting fan. Almost all of his albums either resonate or challenge me. The guy is a master musician and veryDisclosure: I'm a big Sting fan. Almost all of his albums either resonate or challenge me. The guy is a master musician and very sophisticated song writer. That said, this album doesn't work for me. He's telling a story with a very clear point of view and probably shouldn't be viewed as an album as much as a musical soundtrack....which, in fact, it is. But I'm afraid that Sting raised the bar too high to let Last Ship work for me. The music is quite Celtic in lineage and if that doesn't float your boat, it may be the Last Ship to Sink. The album almost sounds like a Van Morrison/Sting collaboration so if you like both artists, it may work for you. It didn't work for me. Sorry Gordon. Hope the show is a big hit, but the music won't carry it. Full Review »