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The Soul Cages

StingAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)

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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 (February 2, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: January 22, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002GL2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #27,192 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Island Of Souls
2. All This Time
3. Mad About You
4. Jeremiah Blues (Part 1)
5. Why Should I Cry For You
6. Saint Agnes And The Burning Train
7. The Wild Wild Sea
8. The Soul Cages
9. When The Angels Fall

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The somber, personal Soul Cages is a testament to Sting's strength as a storyteller. Each song creates its own dark, lonely world with recurring themes of sea, ships, and filial love. The album opens with the wistful, virtually mist-drenched "Island of Souls," a tale of a shipbuilder's son orphaned by an accident who dreams of the open sea. Later, that sea becomes a prison for a lovelorn sailor in "Why Should I Cry for You?" Throughout, Sting dispenses with the conventions of pop lyrical structure. Saxophones, oboe, and Northumbrian pipes reinforce the folksy feel of the instrumentation. Arguably the best song on the album, "Mad About You" is a mystical ballad about a king who has everything except the woman he loves. Grand, elegiac, and allegorical, Soul Cages stands as one of Sting's most downcast recordings, and one of his most compelling. --Courtney Kemp

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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting at his best November 30, 1999
Format:Audio CD
Starting this review, I intended it to be an ode to my most cherished CD. Instead, I simply cannot find the words. The rich tapestry of music and lyrics that enfold the listener defy description. Words that other reviewers have used, like "hypnotic," "poetic," and "beautiful" are right on target. This album takes you along on the artist's introspective tour of grief, love, and missed opportunities, and leaves you with a sense of peace and - if not understanding - at least contentment resulting from having the courage to undertake the journey in the first place.
You'll find everything here, from the sweeping "Island of Souls," "Wild, Wild Sea," and "When the Angels Fall;" to the heart-breaking "Why Should I Cry For You?;" the catchy "All This Time" and the harder, pop-ish "Soul Cages;" the elegantly simple acoustic guitar of "St. Agnes and the Burning Train" and the jazzy "Jeremiah's Blues, Pt. 1;" and the stunning depth of lyrics and imagery of "Mad About You."
Evidenced by my above descriptions, the music style swings from the sounds of Northumbrian pipes reminescent of the sea, to ensemble jazz, to solo acoustic guitar, to lush string arrangements. There's really something here for every music fan, but that fan has to be prepared for the overall somber tone of the album. This is my favorite album to listen to after the end of a hectic day, as it ultimately leaves you with a sense of peace. For sheer musicianship and sonic quality, this album deserves at least a listen. For the depth of involvement the music inspires in the listener, this album deserves a permanent place in any collection.
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It isn't fair to use stars for this album... February 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
...because it absolutely transcends the idea that it should be "ranked", among Sting's albums let alone everyone else's. I completely agree with the many people here who say this isn't just their favorite Sting album, it's their favorite album in their library. The first time I heard this album, shortly after its release, I was absolutely transfixed from start to finish. "Island of Souls" sets the scene, a story of childhood escapism and tragedy that is told as much by the mournful wind instruments as by the words. From there, the listener is taken on a tour of the various emotions and experiences that shape a man's life when he was born in a "workingman's home." Every song on here is utterly without flaws: I rank "The Wild Wild Sea" as the absolute pinnacle of what a songwriter should aspire to. It is perfect. I don't usually praise albums unreservedly, and my love for this album may just be a reflection of the state of mind I was in when I first heard it as a semi-tortured 17-year-old. But even today I find that its melodies and lyrics are timeless. And now that I'm kind of a grown-up, I understand the lyrics on a level that is more parallel to the original messages. It's just a perfect album.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Pinnacle of Sting's Illustrious Career February 17, 2004
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After erasing doubts that he could float in a post-Police world with two solid solo albums, Sting entered a period of grief-induced writer's block caused by the death of his father, whose approval and affection Sting had always sought but never received. It took finally facing up to the ghost of his father, and making amends with him. This is what we see on The Soul Cages, a brilliant marriage of pain, regret, sorrow and finally emotional liberation. This albums reads and plays like a beautiful, sad novel; one that takes more than one read to really understand. With Sting's father as the main thematic focal point, Northumbrian Pipes open "Island of Souls," where the story of Billy and his shipbuilding father is told. This long elegy subtly displays Sting's musical prowess, with a strange time signature (classic Sting) and a dark, brooding vocal. Next is "All This Time," one of Sting's most popular songs. It also tells the story of a man and his father, and the gap between them, but it is veiled and never obvious. This album can be very mysterious and difficult to uncover, but it is most definitely worth the effort. "Mad About You" and "Jeremiah Blues" stray from the father/son theme, but provide more of Sting's brilliant arrangements and storytelling (Mad About You is about King David and his desire to be with Bathsheba). The next track highlights the emotional climax and despair of the album: "Why Should I Cry For You?" is by far the most moving song here. The depth of the lyrics (full of nautical references and symbolism regarding his father and he) will move the listener, and it is here that you begin to truly understand the struggle inside the songwriter. This song is so heavy that Sting has admitted he placed the beautiful instrumental "St. Read more ›
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting's cathartic masterpiece May 19, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Written at a time of great personal tragedy (the loss of his father) Sting's intensely moving autobiographical album is about as personal and intimate as you're likely to get from anybody, nevermind a major recording artist.
This album's reviews were always going to be fairly polarised. The combination of complex self-indulgent lyrics, self-referential melodies repeating through the tracks, and lush, expensive-sounding production was always going to be either hated or adored.
The opener - "Island of Souls" sets the scene beautifully, of windswept northern England, on the banks of the Tyne (Sting is from Newcastle) - you can almost see the mist on the North Sea rolling in to the shipyard, and the "workmen suspended like flies". The theme of northern England and water started with this song runs deep through the whole album, reaching its almost overwhelming crescendo during "Wild Wild Sea" (which has some of the horniest damn chords ever...). Catharsis is achieved during the fantastic "Soul Cages" where the overtone becomes decidedly Faustian as the narrator fights for his soul with "the King Of The Ninth World, the twisted son of the fog-bell's toll. In each and every lobster cage, a tortured human soul". It is during this track that the emotions run highest and the despair becomes defiant anger at the injustice of life. The track "Soul Cages" is surprisingly savage, and certainly the most aggressive track Sting has ever put together - the opening guitar-riff is stunning, giving the track pace, power and vengeance. The subtle refrain from the opening track returns, adding an almost concerto-feel to the album, bringing the story together.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Sting's album....great quality, great music!!!
Listen to the music of Sting always fills us with a sense of introspection, for his message dark and full of poetry. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Manuel Carranza C
5.0 out of 5 stars ... addition to my library and appreciate its arrival in good shape.
A significant addition to my library and appreciate its arrival in good shape.
Published 1 month ago by Rkellerhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful collection . . .
I was listening to Sting's "The Last Ship" and reading the liner notes. This album was mentioned in the liner notes, and I decided I should add this to my collection,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great, Inward Looking Album
Almost 25 years after it was released, Sting’s “Soul Cages” ranks as one of the great pop/rock albums of its era. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kevin M. Derby
5.0 out of 5 stars Sting Soul Cages
Very enjoyable Classic Sting album. Several songs that haven't been released on other albums. My husband was very excited to receive this as a surprise gift.
Published 8 months ago by Christine in WI
3.0 out of 5 stars A good album, but you may want to buy individual tracks....
Most of the tracks are good and decent to listen to, I would say that the only great track is All This Time. Even the title track is ok but somewhat off, perhaps too forceful. Read more
Published 9 months ago by A. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a terrific Sting CD!
This is a terrific Sting CD. His lyrics are interesting and poignant. His music is moody and matches the lyrics perfectly. I highly recommend this CD for old and new fans. Read more
Published 10 months ago by CD music collector
1.0 out of 5 stars What a waste.
Banal lyrics and music. Sting has done some good work, but none of it can be found here. What a waste.
Published 12 months ago by C. L. Burchard
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic
I've heard it said that there is blood on this CD because of how the events of his life impacted the lyrics. Read more
Published 14 months ago by david goodchild
5.0 out of 5 stars New Ships to be Built, new work to be done
Sting's elegy to his father (who had recently passed) is a moody and moving album, dispensing with conventional pop and loaded with images of the sea, loss and those missing. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Tim Brough
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