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Mercury Falling

StingAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 12, 1996)
  • Original Release Date: March 12, 1996
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000005ILF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,893 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Though it isn't a warm fuzzy, it's still great September 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Mercury Falling seems to receive a bad rap often times among critics, who can't seem to forgive Sting for venturing into the realm of (gasp!): melancholy themes. It's true. It's much more grey and dismal than his previous albums, and it's as if people can't stand the thought of introverted song material.
This album is easily compared to Both Sides, the 1993 release from Phil Collins. Though popular, this album did not receive the publicity and appeal that its predecessors did -- due to Collins' introverted and often sad music. However, if you talk to a die-hard Collins fan, he/she will tell you that it's his best, deepest work.
The same can be said for Mercury Falling. A common thread throughout the album is Sting's depression and problems with love. So what? So it's not all "happy happy prancing flowers." Sting's terrific songwriting talent is brought out wonderfully in these somber pieces, namely "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot," "Valparaiso," (which features violins)and "You Still Touch Me." The lyrics alone to the beautiful sailor song "Valparaiso" are enough to give the album a thumb's up. Sting, as usual, displays genre-hopping, most namely with the gospel-esque "Let Your Soul..." and the country-tinted "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying."
Sting's odd metering tastes are most noted in "I Was Brought To My Senses," which also showcases terrifically, practically unwritable rhythms. "I Hung My Head," is the album's "story song," and tells of a man sentenced to die for murder.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This album still touches me January 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This was actually the first cd I bought of his, and it still gets play even in my busy dorm at college. This album begins and ends with "Mercury Falling," which I found to be quite intriguing.
Sometimes Sting stretches belief, as with songs like "I Hung My Head," which lives up to its name quite well, but this album is fantastic. "La Belle Dame Sans Regrets" almost makes me want to learn French so I can understand the lyrics. "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying" is one of my favorite songs ever, and "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot" and "You Still Touch Me" are outstanding as well, as is "The Hounds of Winter" and "I Was Brought To My Senses."
If you like mellow music to enjoy during a snowy day or a rainy day or you are feeling down, this album is great. Commiserate with me and all of the other sad and melancholy souls who seek solace in his well-crafted verses of heartache and sorrow. It's well worth it.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Listen to it twice - it grows on you February 25, 2000
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I will admit that when I first bought this CD several years ago, I only enjoyed one or two of the songs - I was used to the old Police style, and Mercury Falling deviated from that.
A few years later, I was looking for something somewhat mellow to play as background music at a cocktail party, and put it in the CD player. Immediately, people started to comment "who is that?", "what a cool sound", "wow, I really like that".
I now listen to the CD when I'm relaxing after a hard day, or as background music when we're having a party or even cleaning/decorating the house.
I think it's a perfect mix - soothing and upbeat at the same time. If at first you don't like it, try, try again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Okay, you've read the critics, they seem to like it. Sting fans seem split between loving it and hating it. All you want to know is, do you buy the album or not?
Well--if all you're looking for is hit singles, don't. There are, however, several you will be familiar with from Mercury Falling, i.e., Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot and You Still Touch Me.
But the fact of the matter is that the best songs on this album were never released! Why THE HOUNDS OF WINTER and ALL FOUR SEASONS were not released to radio, I'll never know. The Hounds of Winter might just be the best "Sting" song he's ever's sonically rich and lyrically beautiful. All Four Seasons is lighthearted and fun, and is sure to appeal to all of you men out there who can't figure out their women...
If you have a chance to listen before you buy, don't forget to check out Valparaiso and Lithium Sunset--two radically different songs with much to recommend them placed back-to-back at the end of the CD...
To Buy or Not to Buy? If you're a Police/Dream of the Blue Turtles fan, don't. It's a work of the more "mature" Sting, and people who idolize the old days will just be disappointed.
But if you like Sting's later works--or even if you're ambivalent about them--consider buying it. It's a great album. No, it doesn't top Ten Summoner's Tales. It's deeper, darker, more subdued and introspective. You'll like it if you give it a chance.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an underrated gem June 5, 2004
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Mercury Falling may be Sting's best work to date and is by far his most underrated album. Why Mercury Falling has been so neglected baffles me. It is his most mature and immediate work. It is, I think, his most personal album. It is morose and it is beautiful.
Some would say that taste is relative. Some would also prefer pizza to caviar or Marbuzet to Margaux, but for the refined ear there is Mercury Falling.
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Sting is one of great singer. We just love this CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I bought this mainly for the Sting written "I Hung My Head." It is absolutely awesome! There are a lot of other wonderful surprises on here. Read more
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totally gorgeous music - old fashioned values: musicianship, song writing, something to say ... its all there ... shame poor Sting always slagged off for being pretensious ... Read more
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A lot of the music I listen to is Jazz. I knew about Sting's big hits but when I listened to his Live in Berlin album became a big fan. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is an outstanding Sting CD!
This is an outstanding Sting CD, with great lyrics and also some great sounds. I highly recommend if for old and new fans. You will love the music and the melodies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Powerfully Poignant
I purchased this album to get "Valparaiso." It is featured in the closing of WHITE SQUALL. However, "Valparaiso" is not included on the soundtrack album for WHITE SQUALL. Read more
Published 13 months ago by gobirds2
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music from a very talented, versatile musician
I had been borrowing this cd from my local library for about three years when I decided that it just had to be part of my Sting library! I am so glad to have my own copy.
Published 14 months ago by judyth day
5.0 out of 5 stars Awsome Album
This Album was so good, I spent days learning it, and couldn't put it down.
Sting is an amazing artist. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Teresa Rodgers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great over-looked record
Wonderful record, featuring Sting's main collaborators at the time. Features a distinct exploration of Stax-style R&B and one of his loveliest mixed-meter tunes: "I Was Brought To... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mark Shilansky
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I think it is underrated. A couple of songs I have a hard time getting excited on (Let Your Soul, All Four Seasons, La Belle Dame, Lithium Sunset), but I really like the rest of the album. I like it more than Brand New Day.
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