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But that would be dismissing a fabulous show of musicianship, stage presence and song selection. Sting, whose performance was part of the Super Bowl XLV Kick-Off Concert Series, was in stellar artistic form. He was so good that he made us forget how coy those North Texas Super Bowl XLV Host Committee bigwigs were about the headliner of the Sept. 10 gig dubbed "XLV Countdown Live From Cowboys Stadium."
All we know is this person is a Grammy-winner and has sold more than 40 million albums. "Contractual obligations" prohibit them from saying anything else. Instead we got banter from hosts Troy Aikman and Daryl Johnston as well as Roger Staubach, Drew Pearson and Tony Dorsett.
Sting commanded undivided attention for 90 minutes. Looking and sounding most youthful at 58, the Englishman born Gordon Sumner opened with a loosely R&B rendition of "If I Ever Lose My Faith In You." He would effortlessly travel through gems showcasing his grasp of melodies, rhythm and memorable lyrics.
The highlights were the unexpected numbers such as the sauntering "Walking On the Moon" segueing into the moody "Tea In the Sahara," or the solemn, spare "Shape Of My Heart" and the rocking "Driven to Tears." But there was also no ignoring the punk-rock energy of "Message In a Bottle," the stunning beauty of "Fields of Gold" and the sinewy, sexy allure of "Wrapped Around Your Finger."
By the time he reached the end of two encores, Sting had touched on every significant turn of his career. Closing with "Fragile," one of his most covered solo compositions, reminded us just how accomplished his repertoire has been. -- By MARIO TARRADELL / The Dallas Morning News
The musicians in the orchestra play flawlessly together on this song.
His voice is so strong and powerful, so wonderful and celestial, the orchestra only builds on the beauty of Sting's music...the magnificence that is Sting.
Most of the arrangements have so many pop elements that they really aren't that different from the original songs.
I love the symphonic versions of these songs. If you are a Sting fan, you must add this to your library.Published 3 months ago by Linda O'Neal
Not one of my favoirite CDs but I still love it. It has a lot of nice songs on it and it's a good CD to have if you are a fan of Sting.Published 5 months ago by LadyAyakoTami
I borrowed this cd from the local library 2 years ago and just had to have my own copy. It is a beautiful combination of classic Sting vocals with an incredibly talented... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Tiff
I love all music produced by Sting...Mercury Falling notwithstanding, and so I added this to my Sting collection. It's a very nice reinterpretation of his music. Read morePublished 11 months ago by DinDada
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I agree. Saw the Symphonicity tour last night and it was amazing. The philharmonic only made him better, if that's possible. I only wish the album included all the songs he played with them, like Russians and Moon over Bourbon Street.
Jul 12, 2010 by Ally | See all 9 posts
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I saw the concert in Portland, OR and must say--quite a few of the "staple" songs have been drastically rearranged for production with symphony. I enjoyed it quite a bit and wouldn't say it's remotely similar to his other records. I wonder if the two previous commenters in this... Read More
Jun 6, 2010 by Erin D. in PDX | See all 19 posts
i can take it or leave it with sting.However thought this was quite an enjoyable cd
Jan 7, 2012 by M. O'Donnell | See all 3 posts