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  • Summary: The latest release for the multiple Grammy-winning singer-songwriter was inspired by his 2014 Broadway play of the same name about a British shipyard.
  • Record Label: A&M
  • Genre(s): Folk, Adult Contemporary, Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Contemporary Pop/Rock, British Folk, Cast Recordings, Musical Theater
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Oct 10, 2013
    70
    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
    70
    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. Sep 24, 2013
    60
    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.
  4. Sep 24, 2013
    60
    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.
  5. Sep 24, 2013
    60
    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. 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.
  7. Sep 24, 2013
    60
    Unfortunately, the set doesn’t quite command as a fully realized piece.
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  1. MES
    Oct 21, 2013
    7
    Disclosure: 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. Collapse