For assistance, contact your corporate administrator. Arrow Created with Sketch. Calendar Created with Sketch. Path Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. And "We Work the Black Seam", inspired by the aforementioned miner's strike, may just be the best song on the album.
Other strong tracks include "Children's Crusade", a slow, sad lullaby that compares the loss of a generation of young Brits during World I to the loss of a later generation to drug addiction, and "Moon Over Bourbon Street", a quiet-but-moody character study that pays tribute to Anne Rice's popular Vampire Chronicles novels.
Sting's voice is Sting's voice -- you either like it or you don't. I, personally, do. But either way, he's in good form throughout the album with the possible exception of those "loooooooves" I talked about earlier. And while the band was specially crafted in such a way as to make sure that Sting's songs and voice remained the focal point here, he brought them together in Barbados well in advance of the recording sessions to allow them to play and jam together.
In this way, he ensured that they were a band, and not just a group of session musicians. Unsurprisingly, Branford Marsalis on sax is the standout of this group. Although I get the sense that Millennials today view Sting pretty much the same way way that the punk generation viewed the stadium rock stars of the '70s "boring old farts! Although The Police didn't officially break up until , The Dream of the Blue Turtles found him taking a not-so-tentative first step towards walking away from one of the two or three biggest rock bands of his generation.
As it turned out, he went on the become one of the most successful and probably wealthiest solo artists in the world, which is why today he's viewed as such as establishment figure.
But he couldn't have been sure it would work out that way, so let's give him credit for some guts. As for Dream of the Blue Turtles , if you listen to it with fresh ears, you'll find a lot to like here.
There's some rock, some reggae, some Russian classical, some pop -- and yes, even some jazz -- blended together in a package of well-written songs. In one way, it's definitely an album of its time. But the quality of the songs here ensures that it's also an album that is still enjoyable today.
Tweet Recent reviews by this author. Future Bible Heroes Eternal Youth. The Smiths The Smiths Best The Go-Go's Vacation. He does so in part by returning to the jazzier side of his own musical roots, enlisting the help of superb musicians from across the pond, Branford Marsalis, Kenny Kirkland, Omar Hakim and Daryl? Sting's sophisticated pop is give great depth, polish and soul by these top drawer players. And allied to his unique voice and original songwriting they all combine to create a powerful solo debut.
I have a particular soft spot for this album as it was part of the soundtrack to a very vivid and fertile period of my youth. I have strong memories of us listening to this in our family car, driving in the Yorkshire Dales.
Like the music itself, these memories are both uplifting and somewhat melancholy. The track Fortress Around Your Heart perfectly expressing and capturing this 'saudade' vibe, for which we have no single English word. A great album, filled with terrific music. Highly recommended. I'm slightly embarrassed to say that, although I know many of Sting's albums and rate them all highly, I'd never listened to The Dream of the Blue Turtles as a complete album until a short time ago when I bought it.
I've now listened to it a few times, and each time I've listened, I've been amazed that I could have passed over this excellent album for so many years. Its fusion of pop-rock and jazz, with a first-rate band of musicians and thought-provoking lyrics, make this a real challenger to Ten Summoner's Tales as perhaps Sting's best album.
And this was his first attempt to "fly solo" after The Police disbanded! Not one of the tracks seems superfluous even the mini-jazz outing with the album's title , and I still sense a pleasing variety of musical style and lyrical texture which doesn't diminish with hearing again and again. I find it difficult to choose which songs most gripped me, but the calypso-style Love is the Seventh Wave, the mood and lyrics of Russians, the pathos and excellent musicianship of Children's Crusade and the gorgeous background insistent music of We Work the Black Seam, together with Sting's inimitable voice, express best just what makes this album so singular and arresting.
After the great Synchronicity album with The Police, we at last get the emerging solo artist finding his own voice and his own wider range of musicians to express his song-writing skills not that I'm criticising the other Police members, who were highly skilled musicians in their own right, but just recognising the difference between a pop-rock trio and a solo artist in harmony with a jazz-influenced ensemble.
If people who like Sting are not familiar with this album in the position I was , then now is the time to get this and to enjoy the start of a wonderful and intelligent musical solo career. It makes me rather curious, though, to think what Sting at 64 can do with his next album 57th and 9th, which might be a big surprise, either way! After the fall out and no more Police records forth right, unless I got a record of my own in hand-chuffs. What where the three of the Police members gonna do next, one form new bands or go the solo route.
Well the solo step is probably easier for a singer than for a guitarist and less so for a drummer. Lucky then Gordon Sumner had the chords, vocal chords to push and pull himself anyway he wanted. Three quarters of this album is all buzz and no fuzz as Sting belts out song after song with great lyrical content post Stings previous band albums. Bundesverband Musikindustrie.
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