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  • Audio CD (September 28, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: September 28, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M Records
  • ASIN: B00001QGQI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (611 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,181 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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There is a difference between being an inspired musician and an informed musician. Sting is the latter. As always, he surrounds himself with ultratalented artists: this time around Stevie Wonder, Branford Marsalis, James Taylor, guitarist Dominic Miller, and the prince of rai Cheb Mami, fill the roster. Brand New Day exhibits about as many musical styles as there are tracks, all encased in dense, meticulous production. The album begins promisingly. "A Thousand Years" pulses atop a lush, two-note foundation. "A Desert Rose" folds trilling Algerian pop into trip-hop. Melodic, late-night jazz ballads dominate the middle portion of the collection. But Sting's preoccupation with odd-numbered time signatures prevents the songs from grooving, while the choruses are yawns. "Fill Her Up" (no, not "Fill 'Er Up"), a country tune, represents Sting at his most self-indulgent. Listening to one of the wealthiest musicians in pop singing "Got no money to invest / Got no prospect / Or education / I was lucky to get the job at this gas station" requires a heroic suspension of disbelief. The song morphs into this gospel number where Sting and a supporting chorus chant "You gotta fill 'er up with Jesus! / You gotta fill her up with life!" Who knew unleaded could be so rousing? --Beth Massa

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I'd definitely recommend buying this CD whether you're new to Sting or an old fan.
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Sting continues to explore new areas of music for himself, this time some jazz and ethnic musical styles.
The other one is my favorite song of his ever which is the title track to this album.
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I'm a huge Sting fan; I own a large collection of funky Sting B-sides, imports, and foreign language CDs in addition to the regular stuff. So when the new 'Brand New Day' album came out, I was one of the first in line to snag it! Here's my take: if you're a Sting fan, you're in for a ride. If you're not . . . well, give this album another chance. Sting fans, the good news is that this album is REALLY different. Musically, Sting is at his most creative; he's having a blast moving from genre to genre (and hey, why limit it from song to song- - he now mixes country, gospel, and jazz in one track - - eeek!). Lyrically, there are moments of brilliance (I'm particularly fond of the title track and 'Big Lie, Small World'), but there's nothing as consistently incisive as his first two solo efforts. Where do I net out? I'm wild about four tracks, convinced that I'll eventually like three more, and can't stand two of them. If you're not a die-hard Sting fan this album may not be for you at first listen . . . but with time, you may find that your musical horizons stretching. Enjoy!
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103 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Jon Warshawsky on January 21, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Brand New Day delivers some of Sting's strongest and weakest material in a solo career that is passing its fifteenth year (!). Sting has never been content to do the same thing for long, something that irks fans who want another 'Roxanne' or 'Don't Stand So Close to Me'. Brand New Day is much more complicated.
To start, the recording and performers on the album are all first rate. Branford Marsalis and drummer Manu Katche (from Dream of the Blue Turtles in 1985) return as part of staggering array of talented performers. Where the album isn't a perfect success is in the material.
The opener, a soft, minor number, is fine for what it is, but the excellent lyrics (Sting really shines as a songwriter, here and elsewhere) are sometimes lost in the musical murk. When you pay attention, you recognise that this is a worthwhile song, just nothing exciting. 'Desert Rose' is one of Sting's most satisfying solo numbers, with plenty of exotic instrumentation, great backing vocals and the soaring kind of lead vocals -- and plenty of violins! -- that make it a standout. Listen to the music and you can tell this is a serious production by someone who knows more than rock.
'Big Lie, Small Word,' a rhythmic guitar tune, works well enough, leading to 'After the Rain has Fallen', with fairy tale lyrics that show off Sting's distinctive straining vocals and some nice harmonies. 'Perfect Love...' is okay, with a forgettable French rap that shows how bad rap is no matter what language it's in. 'Tomorrow We'll See' delivers more thoughtful lyrics, but here Sting tries his hand at a gentle rap. After an instrumental interlude, Sting casts off his musical taste and plunges into a twangy country romp, complete with dumb lyrics about no job and no money (did he spend it all?
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Patrick Murzyn on November 29, 1999
Format: Audio CD
I wasn't really blown away by this album the first time I listened to it. But the albums you usually appreciate the most are the ones you grow into. "Brand New Day" is such an album. Sound quality and musicianship are top-notch. This album once again reminds me of the lyrical mastery Sting showed us he was capable of with "The Soul Cages." From the moody and deep "A Thousand Years" and "Ghost Story," to the haunting and evocative "Desert Rose," to the playful and witty "Big Lie, Small World" and "Fill Her Up," to the catchy-pop of "After the Rain Has Fallen," I think Sting displays convincing evidence for his musical evolution. Listen to "The Soul Cages" for the musician's deep, somber introspective journey, and listen to "Brand New Day" to see what type of artist emerges from that darkness. Highly recommended for all music fans, not just those who are familiar with Sting.
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57 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Jason T Humphrey on December 20, 1999
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I buy every CD that Sting puts out. This one was no different. I just wish I could have purchased only some of the tracks on this CD. There are songs that are instantly recognizable as great -- "A Thousand Years", "Brand New Day", "Desert Rose". After repeated listening those have been belated joined by the incredible "Fill Her Up". It evokes the country sounds present on Ten Summoners Tales, the jazz influence of The Dream of the Blue Turtles, with a lovely gospel interlude.
Yet I could do without a number of the tracks. Specifically, the grating, sappy and rediculous "Big Lie Small World", "Tomorrow We'll See" (the next in Sting's songs of prostitution), and the be-boppy "Perfect Love... Gone Wrong". Their presence on the album is going to wear out the skip button my car's CD player.
While not his best efforts, the remaining songs on the album are decent efforts. "After the Rain Has Fallen" rocks fairly well, and "Ghost Story", in the vein of The Soul Cages is ok, but not equivalent to the songs on that album.
I think this is worth the money, but I'd say that if you don't have all of the others, go ahead and get them first, starting with The Soul Cages, which is a must have for any musical collection.
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