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Composer, singer, author, actor, activist – Sting was born in Newcastle, England before moving to London in 1977 to form The Police with Stewart Copeland and Andy Summers. The band released five albums, earned six Grammy awards, and in 2003 was inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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  • Audio CD (September 30, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B0000C23DP
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,185 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. . Inside
2. Send Your Love
3. Whenever I Say Your Name (with Mary J. Blige)
4. Dead Man's Rope
5. Never Coming Home
6. Like a Beautiful Smile
7. Let's Forget About the Future
8. This War
9. The Book of My Life
10. Sacred Love

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Sting explores his shiny, happy side on Sacred Love, adding playful touches of techno to his smooth, vaguely multi-cultural pop sound. Like 1999's Brand New Day, Love sounds effortless and content, with expert musicians backing up Sting's gauzy revelations about love and life. The former Police frontman shakes things up here and there; DJ/producers like BT and Victor Calderone breathe life into tracks like "Never Coming Home" and "Send Your Love," while Mary J. Blige puts her smoky vocals to work on "Whenever I Say Your Name." "This War" takes a not-so-subtle shot at George W. Bush, as Sting gives his left-leaning fan base a thrill with lyrics like "Your daddy was a businessman/ and it always made good sense/ You know the war can make you rich my friend/ In dollars, pounds, and cents." Of course, Sting long ago cashed in his rebel cachet for adult contemporary oblivion. But even though this music is designed for broad appeal, it does so with the natural, unforced ease of a seasoned showman. --Matthew Cooke

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One of the best Sting albums I have heard.
RoseMcB
I'm not going to tell you not to buy this album, because in all likelihood, a lot of people are going to like it and the album will do well, and it's not horrible.
Johannes Tegler
The "Brand New Day Path" is a good musical evolution for Sting.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Robert W. Henshaw on November 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Like many, I'm sure, I skipped through the tracks on this cd when I first got it, hoping to find 4-5 that I immediately liked. Initially, I remember being disappointed. However, after a few weeks, I only have one thing to say: WOW.
As for the criticism, we have to first remember that unlike most musicians today, Sting is still, first and foremost...an artist. As such, his art (or music) is going to be an expression. It's obvious from listening to this cd that Sting's been going through some deep stuff internally, and it has naturally manifested itself into his music.
I have to say I agree with the review by "Hounds" found elsewhere on this site. There's definitely one Tribute song here, if not more. This shouldn't be a surprise - you can see a gradual transformation of Sting over his past couple releases where, if you know what to look for, you can sense his growing interest in the spiritual/God/whatever you want to call it.
Ironically, I think this album will probably go down as one of Sting's "worst", though, from the standpoint of the general population of music fans. Mostly because the lyrics in many of the songs are meaningless to most, but extremely powerful to some. In many ways, I wonder if this is more of a 'Gospel' cd cleverly disguised as popular music. In "Whenever I Say Your Name" (my absolute favorite), "The Book of My Life" and "Send Your Love", Sting may simply be crying out to his Creator...meanwhile, the world perhaps hears a song that makes no sense whatsoever. To me, that's the beauty of this cd.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 9, 2003
Format: Audio CD
And that is to challenge anyone who puts him in a box or who is closed minded to resist progress, change and new directions. Sting once said the minute you tell him he can't do something, that's when he'll do it! It is amazing he can still have this effect after 25 years in the business. I even asked myself before this release, there is nothing Sting can do to surprise me anymore. I was wrong, the man is a genius and he loves to challenge his audience.
Sacred Love incorporates some very progressive beats, rhythms, harmonies, packaged with an incredible vocal performance. To the fans who have yet to accept the album, it's only a matter of time before you are hooked. I would have never followed Sting's career for 23 years if he stayed constant, it would have been such a boring journey. I credit the man for broadening my horizons on music, from world rhythms to jazz to country. Music is music, a melody is a melody, no matter what frame it's painted in. This album has small splashes of hip hop/gospel influences which I am sure alienated some fans but the music is interwoven in such an excellent manner, the Sting signature/genius is clearly there.
Songs like 'Sacred Love', 'Never Coming Home', 'Stolen Car', the jazzy 'Forget About the Future', 'Whenever I Say Your Name', the powerful lyrics in 'This War', and my favorite, 'The Book of My Life' puts this album among the best the man has recorded. 'The Book of My Life' is definitely one of the best songs Sting has written, if not the best.
Thanks for the challenge and the journey. IMHO, definitely the best singer/songwriter/musician/arranger I have heard.
Bring on the Sacred Love tour!
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25 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Samuel W. Potter on October 5, 2003
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First of all, I have to say that I am a HUGE Sting fan. The depth and personal nature of his lyrics, coupled with his cool, smooth voice and brilliantly adept songwriting capabilities, are an inspiration.
That's why this review was so crippling to write.
"Sacred Love" is by no means a bad album. It just lacks the catchiness, conciseness, and memorable nature of his past work.
The first thing that took me aback about the album was how amazingly uncatchy the songs are. Apart from a few tunes ("Stolen Car", "Never Coming Home", "Dead Man's Rope" and "Send Your Love"), the songs' choruses rarely repeat the same lyrics, melody, or rhythm, thus rendering them unfamiliar. Sting has always had a penchant for a send-up chorus ("Fragile", "If I Ever Lose My Faith", "Englishman in New York", and "All This Time" are some great examples). However, this album noteably lacks this decidedly Sting-ish element.
The production is, of course, first rate. The added bass contribuitions of Christian McBride, sitarist Anoushka Shankbar, and flamenco guitarist Vicente Amigo, are well-tempered and very enriching. Sting's voice hasn't lost anything, as he comes across with a refined, cool maturity. Mary J. Blige's performance, while noteworthy, is a bit alarming, her bombastic revival-choir vocal somersaults oddly coupled with Sting's soulfull smoothness.
One of the possible reasons for the difficult nature of the album could be the abundance of lyrics to be found. Take the lead-off track, "Inside" for example. It starts off beautifully, but careens into obnoxious, overtly metaphoric and relentless ranting ("Love me like an innocent, love me like your favorite toy...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Keira on March 9, 2005
Format: Audio CD
One of the things I greatly admire about Sting is his willingness to work with new sounds and new themes for his albums. Instead of cranking out tired variations of the same style album after album, Sting uses each new album as an opportunity to reinvent himself. Even though this willingness to shake things up style-wise sometimes results in Sting recording music that I personally don't care for all that much, I still admire that he's willing to try new things while still staying true to himself. Say what you like about any of Sting's albums, there is never a sense that he's become a victim of target marketing or selling out. It's obvious that the music Sting makes is exactly the music Sting wants to be making. I like that in an artist.

That said, here are my thoughts about Sacred Love, his newest musical experiment: Overall I really like the album a lot. I can't say that I like every song on the album, but I do like most of them. Frankly, there is such a hodgepodge of styles covered in Sacred Love, that I think only the diehard Sting enthusiast would be fond of them all. This is really a genre-bending album that he's put together here. It's impossible to classify because it skips so wildly from rock to hip-hop love ballad, to world lounge, to Middle Eastern techno dance, to the classic Sting sound so strongly influenced by jazz and reggae. Really, I'm very impressed that the album flows together so well. I wouldn't have thought it'd be possible to wrangle all these styles into one album without disastrous results. It's another testament to Sting's amazing talent.

There's a lot to like about this album. The lyrics are thoughtful and well crafted and never dull.
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