Album Review – Sting

57th and 9th (Sting)

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And so, Sting is back – with his new album ‘57th and 9th  – it’s 37 minutes long in total, and the album really does have a ‘fresh’ sound to it.

There’s a good reason for that – It’s Sting’s first album for three years…  and it kicks off with ‘I Can’t Stop Thinking About You’, which for me is the best track out of the ten featured here; probably because out of the 10, it’s the one that sounds like a track that ‘The Police’ could have created and performed maybe 35 years ago.  A song that sounds just as fresh even after listening to it numerous times – a great start to the new LP.

Below is a performance from BBC2’s ‘Later with Jools Holland’ of ‘I Can’t Stop Thinking About You’ – a great live performance of this track which I sadly missed when it was first on TV.

The first half of the album is a more upbeat affair – the mood of the LP becomes perhaps a little sombre towards the end; nevertheless this is an enjoyable record…  especially for the fact that no two tracks are the same.  I’ve listened to the album twice in full now already – and it will certainly get more plays.

‘Down Down Down’ is another favourite of mine, and ‘Pretty Young Soldier’ becomes memorable quite easily too.  Available from all usual stockists – this is a great idea for Christmas… or if you can’t rely on Santa, go and treat yourself to it 🙂  Chris

Track Listing:

I Can’t Stop Thinking About You

50,000

Down, Down, Down

One Fine Day

Pretty Young Soldier

Petrol Head

Heading South on the Great North Road

If You Can’t Love Me

Inshallah

The Empty Chair

My copy of the Sting album ’57th and 9th’ was complimentary but all views are my own.

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