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44/876 will be released on April 20, 2018 on Interscope/A&M Records. The island-influenced album reflects their mutual love of Jamaica - its music, the spirit of its people and vibrancy of its culture. Sting and Shaggy wrote and jammed together for a few weeks in New York City, creating music that seamlessly blends Caribbean rhythms-in traditional and modern styles-with pop craftsmanship and rock energy.
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44/876 has changed my mind. Sting isn’t done. While I’d have never guessed Shaggy would become his new muse, the duo works. This collection of reggae-infused pop is fresh, radio-friendly, and a welcome return to the spotlight for the now-66-year-old singer/songwriter/musician. The first single “Don’t Make Me Wait” is one of those earworms that will prompt a head-bopping smile for years to come but the album boasts other standouts including “Morning is Coming”, “Crooked Tree”, and “Sad Trombone” as well.
If you like Sting’s older material such as “Roxanne”, “When the World is Running Down, You Make the Best of What’s Still Around”, and “Love is the Seventh Wave”, I think you’ll enjoy this album.
This is more like it! This is the Sting we all know and love!
The 2016 back-to-basics guitar rocker 57th & 9th was a decent comeback for the veteran pop star, but where that album is merely good, the new release is great! 57th & 9th is fine, but 44/876 is fantastic!
In an unlikely but very agreeable collaboration that turns out to be his most enjoyable to date, the Englishman in New York (among other places) teams up with Jamaican superstar singer Shaggy for a collection of reggae-infused pop gems that are infectious, invigorating, and irresistible.
44/876 has been likened to Sting's experiments with reggae in The Police (“One World (Not Three)” comes to my mind), but overall the album is more similar to Sting's solo reggae excursions, most notably classic songs like “Love Is the Seventh Wave” and “History Will Teach Us Nothing.”
The album has also been described as a party record. Yes, the tone is definitely upbeat. But make no mistake – in many cases, the buoyant nature of the music belies the brooding ruminations of the lyrics. Sting is the King of Pain, after all – especially of wrapping pain up in sweet little pop packages.
Standout songs such as “Just One Lifetime,” “Dreaming of the U.S.A.,” and “If You Can't Find Love” prove that, at 66 years of age, Sting is back in top form and at his classic best.
Updated: The album debuted on #1 in Germany, Poland on the album charts. #4 in France, #9 UK, and #13 in Italy. It reached #1 on iTunes in France, Poland, Hungary, Germany, and Argentina. #1 on the Reggae charts. This is a global album and this album should stay relevant for weeks to come.
I have every Sting album he's ever recorded, plus several "cover" albums. So of COURSE I pre-ordered Sting & Shaggy's: "44/876" (you will learn what the title means on the first track). I love Reggae, and I ADORE Sting, and now I'm a fan of Shaggy's too!
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Die aktuelle Kooperation dieser interessanten Charaktere ist für mich ein perfektes Sommeralbum. Beide Musiker harmonieren super und haben vielfältige, spannende Songs mit Karibikflair, tollen Rhythmen und hintergründigen Texten aufgenommen. Shaggys Stimme ist warm und erdig, was einen super Grundgroove in jedes Stück bringt. Sting hat durch seine gesanglichen Fähigkeiten hier die Chance, dazu zu improvisieren und abwechslungsreiche Hooklines einzuwerfen. Dabei sind die Songs melodiös und mit hohem Wiedererkennungswert. Man sollte dem ganzen Album ein paar Durchgänge schenken. Ich finde, dass viele einzelne Stück erst wirken, wenn man genauer, intensiver oder häufiger zuhört. Einige Stücke sind an mir erst vorbeigelaufen, die sich mittlerweile zu Ohrwürmern entwickelt haben. Kompositorisch ist das Album auf hohem Niveau, eine Mischung aus reinem Reggae mit Pop-/Rockelementen, die genial auf den Punkt gespielt sind und trotzdem locker und leicht klingen, als wäre man in einer schönen Strandbar. Die Texte behandeln vordergründig Alltagsthemen, habe meist aber eine weitergehende Deutungsmöglichkeit. Wer also Lust hat, etwas genauer zuzuhören, wird auch in den Texten interessante Details erkennen.
Fazit: Reinhören und karibisches Flair spüren. Sting und Shaggy harmonieren sehr gut und haben ein tolles Album produziert.
Its sweet and flowing with little harshness and before I knew it, the cd had finished..
Wot Wot. I had to put it on again and again.
I want MOREEEEEEE.
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It's just a feel good album. Perfect for background music to work to. There are no tracks that I don't like and it would be hard to pick a favourite but it would be between Just one lifetime, 22nd Street, Crooked Tree, To love and be loved, Sad Trombone and Night Shift. And now I'm going to go and play it again.