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Sting's second and most conceptually dense solo album moved on from jazz to ideas picked up from Latin music. Even when he's not using Latin music's tricky polyrhythms, the melodies of the ballad "Be Still My Beating Heart" and the hit dance single "We'll Be Together" suggest he'd been listening to lots of salsa. If you can sting, you can cross-pollinate, too, and there are some other subtle hybrids here, notably the Gil Evans Orchestra's gliding arrangement of Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing" and the reggae-in-a-Cole Porter suit of "Englishman in New York." Of course, the former schoolteacher has some lyrical messages to deliver and the three songs that originally made up the second side of a double LP are a bitter meditation on Latin American politics and history. --Douglas Wolk

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  • Audio CD (October 5, 1987)
  • Original Release Date: January 1, 1987
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GKZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Caffrey on August 4, 2001
Format: Audio CD
For the majority of people who believe Sting was better with The Police, _Nothing Like The Sun_ pretty much proves this theory wrong. Surrounding himself with excellent musicians such as Manu Katche, Kenny Kirkland, Branford Marsalis, Andy Summers, Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler and many others, this is Sting's strongest set of songs. The album also contains some of Sting's best lyrics and best vocal performances. The album feels like Sting at his most free - he's definitely making music for himself here as opposed to his recent work that often seemes to cater to the mainstream. _Nothing Like The Sun_ also has a little bit of everything; songs like "The Lazarus Heart", "We'll be Together", and "Little Wing" simply rock and "The Secret Marriage", "Fragile", and "Sister Moon" are soothingly beautiful. The production is top-notch and this rather long album has absolutely no filler. Pick this one up if you prefer the serious side of Sting.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Greekfreak on April 11, 2005
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This, the follow-up to "Dream Of The Blue Turtles" was Sting's REAL debut LP, or at least, where he finally arrived at true artistic brilliance.

His pop sensibilities are still present, here... check out 'Englishman In New York' and 'We'll Be Together' for evidence, but added to all this is a bit of picked guitar ("Fragile"), some jazzy polyrhythms ("They Dance Alone"), and a great cover of Jimi Hendrix' "Little Wing".

It's as essential an 80s document as Peter Gabriel's "So" album was, and still holds up, even nearly 20 years later.
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25 of 31 people found the following review helpful By T. B. Vick on October 30, 2003
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Aside from Sting's 'Greatest Hits' CD, this is his best (and could be a greatest hits CD in and of itself). In fact, 5 of the 12 songs on this CD are included on "Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting."
The insert of this CD has Sting describing how and why each song was written - that in itself is worth the price of the CD. However, the songs are fantastic. Each song has very strong aspects to it from the melody, lead guitar parts, vocals, bridge transitions, harmonies, to rhythm and pace of various songs.
Each song is quite different from one another. Thus, each song takes on its own life, movement, and feel. One of my favorites on the CD is "Secret Marriage" which Sting describes is a song based on a melody from Hanns Eisler. Eisler fled to America from the Nazis who apparently hounded him for rest of his life in various disguises (according to the insert).
If you liked the Police, then you will definitely like this CD, if you like Sting, then you should not be without this CD. I highly recommend it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rich Latta on August 7, 2005
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When it comes to first-rate artists like Sting, you really want the albums, not just a greatest hits collection. This is a great one to start with and my personal favorite from Sting's solo catalogue. As much as I love Sting's music from the Police days, his solo work is arguably much more adventurous even if it's comparatively mellow (although I have to say that his more recent solo work has veered too close to "adult contemporary" for my tastes). As fascinating as I find his debut DREAM OF THE BLUE TURTLES, I think this, his second studio solo album, sounds more organic and natural. Here, Sting is more comfortable and confident in the new directions he's exploring. He could hardly have failed with the incredible talent he assembled from the jazz world. I've been a fan of this record since the week it came out and will always return to it.

Here are my own impressions of ". . . NOTHING LIKE THE SUN" (NLTS) -

"The Lazarus Heart" - absolutely magical. This spell-binding opener is based on a "vivid nightmare . . . (Sting) fashioned into a song" (liner notes). Sting returns to the bass guitar on NLTS and delivers one of his trademark simple-yet-very-effective bass lines here. The super-talented sax master Branford Marsalis really makes this one shine. *****

"Be Still My Beating Heart" - intoxicatingly seductive and sensuous. Former Police guitarist Andy Summers adds some great touches to both this track and "Lazarus Heart." The amazing Kenny Kirkland adds fantastic keys all over this album, including this cut. *****

"Englishman in New York" - a stately yet quite adventurous track. I love the subtle "swallowing-bird loop" in the background (listen carefully if you don't hear it) and the heavy drums at the middle 8 are a cool touch.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on February 16, 2004
Format: Audio CD
The true second solo album, after "The Dream of The Blue Turtles" and the double disc live set, "Bring On The Night", shows Sting continuing his strong pop sensibilities, but now adding more "flavors" to the mix.
"The Lazarus Heart" may be a lyric gauze, but it sure starts off the album energetically, doesn't it? The tempo just gallops along with dynamo drumming.
"Be Still My Beating Heart" hearkens back to those Police songs with instantly recognizable bass lines. I'm thinking "Walking On The Moon" or "Canary In A Coalmine."
With "Englishman In New York", he constructs another mini-movie, again using the first person. It bounces along with a melody so simple that you'll be humming it for days. The chorus is stupid-catchy, and the 'scene' where somebody walks by with a boombox (at least that's how I took it) is grin-inducing.
"History Will Teach Us Nothing" is a twitchy mess, almost melody-less, which coming from Sting says a LOT.
"They Dance Alone" is the overt political piece for this particular album; it's achingly beautiful. It's a companion song to U2's "Mothers of The Disappeared" (from "The Joshua Tree"), and both stun. Its' simple words conjure haunting images.
"Fragile" is a masterpiece, and you realize it after one listen. The melody serves the lyrics, the arrangement serves the song...it's as 'perfect' as a pop song gets.
"We'll Be Together" was the album's first single, and justifiably so. You kind of want Sting to pick up the tempo from time to time, you know? Here he does, with an irresistible melody...it's catchy as hell...
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