...Nothing Like The Sun (MSFL UDCD 546)
Tracks: 12, total time: 55:12, year: 1987, genre: Rock
1991 Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Originally Released January 1, 1987
Original CD Edition Released January 1, 1987
MFSL Gold CD Edition Released April 1, 1991
DTS Surround CD Edition Released April 10, 2001
AMG EXPERT REVIEW: If Dream of the Blue Turtles was an unabashedly pretentious affair, it looks positively light-hearted in comparison to Sting's sophomore effort, Nothing Like the Sun, one of the most doggedly serious pop albums ever recorded. This is an album where the only up-tempo track, the only trifle -- the cheerfully stiff white-funk "We'll Be Together" -- wasadded at the insistence of the label because they believed therewasn't a cut on the record that could be pulled as a single, onethat would break down the doors to mainstream radio. And they were right, since everything else here is too measured, calm, and deliberately subtle to be immediate (including the intentional throwaway, "Rock Steady"). So, why is it a better album than its predecessor? Because Sting doesn't seem to be trying so hard. It flows naturally, largely because this isn't trying to explicitly bea jazz-rock record (thank the presence of a new rhythm section ofSting and drummer Manu Katche for that), and because the melodies are insinuating, slowly working their way into memory, while the entire record plays like a mood piece -- playing equally well as background music or as intensive, serious listening. Sting's words can still grate -- the stifling pompousness of "History WillTeach Us Nothing" the clearest example, yet calls of "Hey Mr. Pinochet" also strike an uneasy chord -- but his lyricism shines on"The Lazarus Heart," "Be Still My Beating Heart," "They Dance Alone," and "Fragile," a quartet of his very finest songs. If Nothing Like the Sun runs a little too long, with only his Gil Evans-assisted cover of "Little Wing" standing out in the final quarter,it still maintains its tone until the end and, since it's buoyedby those previously mentioned stunners, it's one of his better albums. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Sting's second and most conceptually dense solo album moved onfrom jazz to ideas picked up from Latin music. Even when he's notusing Latin music's tricky polyrhythms, the melodies of the ballad "Be Still My Beating Heart" and the hit dance single "We'll BeTogether" suggest he'd been listening to lots of salsa. If you can sting, you can cross-pollinate, too, and there are some othersubtle hybrids here, notably the Gil Evans Orchestra's gliding arrangement of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" and the reggae-in-a-Cole Porter suit of "Englishman in New York." Of course, the formerschoolteacher has some lyrical messages to deliver and the threesongs that originally made up the second side of a double LP area bitter meditation on Latin American politics and history. --Douglas Wolk
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Andy Summers, ContributingArtist
Branford Marsalis, Contributing Artist
Eric Clapton, Contributing Artist
Gil Evans, Contributing Artist
Hiram Bullock,Contributing Artist
Mark Egan, Contributing Artist
Mark Knopfler, Contributing Artist
Ruben Blades, Contributing Artist
Personnel includes: Sting (vocals, guitar, bass); FareedHaque (guitar); Ken Helman (piano); Kenny Kirkland (keyboards);Manu Katche, Andy Newmark, Kenwood Dennard (drums); Mino Cenelu (percussion, vocoder); Dolette McDonald, Janice Pendarvis, Vesta Williams, Renee Geyer (background vocals).
Producers include: Sting, Neil Dorfsman, Bryan Loren.
Recorded at Air Studios, Montserrat.
Includes liner notes by Sting.
Sting's double-length follow-up to his solo debut DREAMS OF THE BLUE TURTLE is very much in the same sophisticated, adult pop vein, although darker and less jazzy (notwithstanding a collaboration with Miles Davis'sarranger Gil Evans on a cover of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing"). The songs are a generally varied lot, ranging from a tribute to victims of repression in Argentina ("They Dance Alone") to a tongue-in-cheek, sort-of-reggae tribute to famous eccentric Quentin Crisp ("An Englishman in New York"). The sort-of-funk "We'll Be Together"(originally written for a Japanese beer commercial) is the most upbeat and pop-ish thing here, and was deservedly a hit single, although Sting now disdains it.
|1.||4:37||The Lazarus Heart|
|2.||5:34||Be Still My Beating Heart|
|3.||4:28||Englishman In New York|
|4.||5:01||History Will Teach Us Nothing|
|5.||7:15||They Dance Alone (Gueca Solo)|
|7.||4:56||We'll Be Together|
|8.||3:55||Straight To My Heart|
|12.||2:02||The Secret Marriage|
Discid: rock / ae0cee0c
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