Nothing Like the Sun
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Since there are plenty of reviews, I will get to the bottom line. All three of these DTS discs have an excellent transfer to 5.1 DTS sound. There is the obvious separation of sound/music and back up vocals through the surround speakers and nice bass.
The only drawback is the listener has to be in the central position ("Sweet Spot") to fully enjoy the 5.1 sound. So, if you have the time to relax and enjoy the music, definitely buy all three.
It works. " The Lazarus Heart" kicks things off, with jazz riffs wrapping cryptic lyrics. " Be Still My Beating Heart" is a love song that is deeply felt. The choice of instruments, their contribution, and certainly the lyrics create an atmosphere of longing unparalleled, even for Sting's generally sensitive musings. " History Will Teach Us Nothing" is an interesting dialogue between a former teacher and the minstrel. A world beat thrums in the background as Sting chastises the past and the unthinkable atrocieties therein.
" They Dance Alone" is breathtakingly touching. Agusto Pinochet had a terrifying reign, leaving women to dance the " Cueca Solo", a tribute to a fallen husband/father/son. The warring drum introduction, interspersed through the whole song, creates the right amount of foreboding.
" Fragile" is so beautiful. The lyrics speak such truth, but the music sounds like rain gently pouring on us, trying to cleanse us of our baser instincts. " We'll Be Together" was the single from this disc, a worthy, catchy tune with fun pop lyrics.
" Nothing Like the Sun" is one of, if not, Sting's finest solo releases.
Highlights include The Lazarus Heart, History Will Teach Us Nothing & Straight to My Heart in my opinion. The rest sound decent in surround with the exception of Little Wing & They Dance Alone. On Little Wing Sting's voice varies and the overall mix is clumsy. Disappointing as this version was one of the reasons why I bought this. The uptempo ending to They Dance Alone does not transition smoothly as the stereo mix and it also sounds clumsy.
Still, I think you'll enjoy this surround version if you're a fan of the album.
My SACD/DTS setup: Sony BDP-S590/Yamaha RX-V373
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Shame about the lack of information, but the CD when its finally realease will be a DTS version, only capable of playback on a suitably equiped home theatre reciever/amp. Read morePublished on December 12, 2000 by Spearmint
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