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…Nothing Like The Sun – Sting

Sting Nothing Like The Sun

…Nothing Like The Sun

(1987), 8.5/10
According to Wikipedia, the title …Nothing Like The Sun comes from an incident in which Sting quoted a line from Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”) in a conversation with a drunk. …Nothing Like The Sun is the kind of high minded fare you’d expect from a man who’s happy to quote Shakespeare to a drunk; it’s like a more refined version of the jazz flavoured The Dream of the Blue Turtles.

Sting feels more comfortable in his own skin this time – the outlying track is ‘We’ll Be Together’, another forced sounding single which was apparently added at the record company’s insistence. But otherwise, Sting is exploring introspective, socially conscious music, that largely abandons rock and roll for jazz and world music textures. Highlights include ‘They Dance Alone’, about widows from Chile’s Pinochet regime, and the moody opener ‘The Lazarus Heart’, both of which could have been Peter Gabriel songs. The jazzy ‘Englishman in New York’ is quintessentially Sting, while there’s a beautiful cover of Hendrix’s ‘Little Wing’. There’s also plenty of moody, slow paced material like ‘Fragile’ and ‘Be Still My Beating Heart’.

It’s serious, high-minded, and the lyrics are occasionally awkward, as you’d expect from solo Sting, but …Nothing Like The Sun is easily one of his most consistent and enjoyable solo discs.

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