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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B000091KBK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
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Every song on this album is that good.
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The Police debut with a bang on OUTLANDOS D'AMOUR, their debut album.
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Overall, Police's first album is a classic.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By M J Heilbron Jr. VINE VOICE on April 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
As I listened to "Outlandos" on my iPod last night, after I dutifully purchased all of the newly remastered editions on CD, I felt the need to wax rhapsodic.
Listening to these impossibly crisp and detailed recordings, I remembered, as if it was yesterday, buying the LP. After "Ghost In The Machine", I had become a monstrous Police fan. I lived and breathed the Police. I went back and bought their first three records, and proceeded to memorize them.
This will not be an unbiased review.
I made a copy of the LP, on a cassette tape, Years later, when CDs came out, I repurchased the Police catalog, as I have with each remastering. The box set goes without saying. VHS tapes, laserdiscs, and now DVD's. I have listened to them in every conceivable media.
As the million-miles-an-hour "Next To You" opened the album, I was taken back to my high school and early college days. These guys were supposed to be punk, or punk-ish, but like The Clash, they threw more sounds...more textures into the mix. Sting occasionally sings with a tonsil-thrashing punk howl, but the airy voice always reverts to a classic melody some time before the final chorus. Andy Summers' guitars sounded like no one else at the time, and Stewart Copeland's polyphonic drumming put him head-and-shoulders above the DIY crowd.
Calming myself down just a bit, I must admit this is NOT a perfect record. "Masoko Tanga" sounds like three guys messing around in a studio with a tape running. The "Sally" interlude is funny the first few times, then gets kinda tedious. "Hole In My Life" is too long.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Frederick Baptist on February 17, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Born out of the tail end of the British punk scene, this debut album by the Police is a severely underrated offering. Sting gives us a hint of his great lyric-writing abilities so evident on future albums on tracks like "Roxanne" and "Born in the 50's". It becomes very clear as one listens to the tracks here that this is not your usual run-of-the-mill punk band with lame, brain-dead lyrics and 3-chord 4/4 time music but the great musicianship of Summers, Copeland and Sumner and the complex stylings and arrangements of the compositions come to the fore on "Hole In My Life" and "Can't Stand Losing You" This digipak version is a real treat too as the sound quality is very well remastered and sounds excellent. Recommended.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By egon_beeblebrox on December 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I became a Police fan upon many nights cruising with pals cranking their greatest hits album. Upon hearing all those songs, I decided that this was a band that I needed to look more into. So, I quickly bought all their albums, as I'd already done with Pink Floyd. Seeing as how The Police have around 1/3 the number of albums that Pink Floyd have released, this was much easier on the wallet.

OUTLANDOS d'AMOUR is an excellent album, and I think it just might be The Police's finest. There's really not one bad song on it. "Next to You" is a great rocker. I think "Born in the 50's" might be my favorite one on the album. It should've been released as a single, along with "Roxanne" and "Can't Stand Losing You." "Roxanne," by the way, is one of the greatest rock songs ever, even with its vehement overexposure. Just avoid the MOULIN ROUGE version.

Buy this album, quick-like.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Cross on December 29, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I'll admit that I didn't really like this album when I first got it. I already owned and loved "Zenyatta Mondatta" along with "Synchronicity", so it was a little hard to make the jump to "Outlandos". The reason for this was because the songs are generally harder to get into as most of them aren't as instantly catchy as "Every Breath You Take" or "Don't Stand So Close to Me" (though "Roxanne" and "Can't Stand Losing You" obviously are). Sting's voice is the weakest on this particular album, but it's still great and very likable. The lyrics are, as usual, well-written, catchy and very memorable. The production is decent here, but the CD could use a good remastering. As for the songs, they're mostly growers - I hated the first 4 songs on here, but after a while I finally got into them (they're more interesting than fun, arguably). Overall, if you're looking for a great Police album or one that will stand the test of time then "Outlandos d'Amour" will greatly satisfy you. Absolutely recommended!

Highlights include:

"Roxanne"

"Hole In My Life"

"Peanuts"

"Can't Stand Losing You"

"Be My Girl -- Sally"

the rest is great, too
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 1, 1999
Format: Audio CD
"Outlandos" has got to be the best Police album, considering the songs were/or had the potential of become dynamite Top-40 hits. Mixing pop-rock and reggae, with some subtle punk musings Sting, Summers and Copeland took this bad-boy through both Heaven and Hell--the rough and the refined. Despite the slight fuzziness of the recording and the occasional flubbed note, "Outlandos" is a musical-outing that is often underrated but NEVER duplicated. Sloppy-precision on the instruments and Sting's beautifully-whiny vocals, give it the feel of intellectual, mainstream pop-punk. A fun and groovin' record undoubtedly, with low-down bass chops, floating guitar licks and metallic drum beats! Highlights include: "So Lonely" (killer--thee best this LP has to offer!!), "Roxanne," "Can't Stand Losing You" and "Next to You." Down-sides: "Hole in My Life" (realistically dull) and "Be My Girl-Sally" (which is humorous, but begins to wear after a few go-arounds). Grab this one on CD and make it part of your eccletic collection!!!!
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