The Last Ship [+digital booklet]

September 24, 2013 | Format: MP3

$11.49
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Digital Booklet: The Last Ship

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  • Label: A&M
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  • Total Length: 45:25
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  • ASIN: B00F4KCOLO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (212 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,642 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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If I could give this zero stars, I would.
Rose
We saw Sting and crew doing "Last Ship" on a PBS special recently, and found both the music and the story quite moving.
F. Fish
I love the lyrics, the music and the story is amazing.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By psychomuse VINE VOICE on October 6, 2013
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Initially, I played The Last Ship as background music to my web surfing. I only half-attended to the songs. Being short on big drums, bass, and guitar; it was easy to overlook them while distracted. Then, determined to give Sting the dedicated listen he deserves, I put aside my hobbies and just inhaled The Last Ship as the songs sailed through the air.

No doubt, Sting has become rather indulgent in his mature career as a songwriter and musician. These are not radio-friendly tunes, even as they are a part of a larger project (a play) destined for the masses. Despite his doing what he wants as he wants it done, Sting somehow manages to pull me into his schemes and carry me along into a place of his imagination and heart... and moreover, his soul.

The songs have all the elements that songs need to make them likeable, but what matters is how they make us feel. Sting is a painter of stories, using music as his paintbrush. These are beautiful, soulful paintings and The Last Ship will move you through an emotional ocean.
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56 of 64 people found the following review helpful By J. Rosenthal on September 24, 2013
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It has been ten long years since the gifted singer-songwriter Sting has released a CD with new material and I am glad to report he is in superb form. "The Last Ship" consists of songs written for a new musical set to debut on Broadway in 2014. In recent years there have been several attempts by contemporary artists to crossover to Broadway. These efforts proved disastrous for U2 with the notorious "Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark" and for Paul Simon with " The Capeman" (though I still love the score). But Sting's work is the finest crossover effort I have heard since Duncan Sheik's "Spring Awakening" score which won him a well-deserved Tony Award. Inspired by Sting's previous album Soul Cages, these songs illuminate the world of a dying British shipyard in the 1980's and this is clearly a labor of love for Sting who grew up in the shadows of the Newcastle shipyards.
One of Sting's gifts as an artist has always been his ability to seamlessly meld disparate musical elements into a rich unified musical tapestry. This piece draws from Celtic folk music, traditional shanties, world music and jazz.If you are open to hearing Sting bring his unique musical sensibilities to a more theatrical presentation I highly recommend this CD. Here is my take on each song:
1)The Last Ship: This haunting waltz with its poetically evocative lyric is a powerful opener, an ominous song marking the death knell of the British shipbuilding industry. Sting's singing on this piece is especially heartfelt and effectively dramatic.
2)Dead Man's Boots: What begins as a tender lullaby sung by a father to his son transforms into a rock ballad sung by the rebellious son, rejecting the traditions his father had hoped to leave him as a legacy. Builds to a powerful finish.
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109 of 129 people found the following review helpful By The Doctor on September 24, 2013
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The Last Ship is the soundtrack to a forthcoming play of the same name and its origins were formed in Sting's fantastic 1991 release The Soul Cages. Given it is, in essence, a musical score, it may be unfair to simply review The Last Ship as a Sting solo album. Nonetheless, that what I am going to do, as I, and I suspect many fans, will purchase this album less as a score and more as a Sting album.

Having said that, your reception of The Last Ship is likely to be the result of your expectations - If you're expecting 80s Sting (i.e., Dream of the Blue Turtles, Nothing Like the Sun), you will certainly be disappointed. There are a few songs consistent with some 90s Sting (Brand New Day, Ten Summoner's Tales, Soul Cages, Mercury Falling), but even then, you may be left wanting. Not surprisingly, The Last Ship, is most consistent with latter day eclectic Sting.

The best tracks, such as the excellent "And Yet," "Practical Arrangement," and "I Love Her But She Loves Someone Else" could have come from nearly any point in Sting's career. Overall, however, the album is alienating, varying, as it does, between traditional English folk and shanty songs ("Language of Birds," "Ballad of the Great Eastern") and more theatrical songs (such as "The Night the Pugilist Learned to Dance;" my least favorite track, "What Have We Got;" and "So to Speak"). Sting's choice to deliver some of the songs in a Geordie accent does not help to make the songs any more accessible to fans of his older music. The bonus tracks on the Deluxe Editions are generally of the more theatrical nature, which is not surprising given the fact they were drawn from the reportedly more than 40 tunes available for the stage version of The Last Ship.
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65 of 79 people found the following review helpful By John Green VINE VOICE on September 24, 2013
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Sting's latest release, The Last Ship, is in his own words, both a memoir to his growing up in Wallsend, an English shipbuilding town, and a tribute to working class people in general. It's also the basis for a play he's developing and a very personal, emotional and stirring album depicting a way of life that's coming to an end and its affect on the community. From the romantic reminiscings of a street brawler wooing the love of his life, a man in love with a woman who doesn't love him to a son's rebellion against his father's wishes to follow in his footsteps taking up a dead end job because it's tradition- The Last Ship displays some amazing imagery and storytelling from a modern day master bard. The music is mainly traditional English folk and shanty, even a jig & reel, incorporating all the styles and instrumentation- fiddles, penny whistles, accordians, bagpipes, bodhran drums, clog dancing, etc- you'd expect, especially in today's music landscape dominated with bands like Mumford & Sons. But what's surprising is the assortment of guest appearances on the cd, including Jimmy Nail and AC/DC's Brian Johnson, of all people.

Last Ship is a beautifully rendered, absolutely poetic project full of heart and humanity. If the stage version lives up to the music, it'll really be something to see.
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