Honestly, I have utmost adored Sting's music for over 30 years. When he was a member of The Police, Sting had really been looked at as a legend, and crafted great music like the definitive Every Breath You Take, and Walking On The Moon. But when he went on his own, Sting really showed a great set of music that has still withstood the test of time. Since he came out with The Dream Of The Blue Turtles back in 1985, Sting had really captured a sound that meshed Soul, Rock, Jazz and World Music that is still recognized and highly-celebrated. But he had not had a hit album since 2003's Sacred Love. Still, that hasn't changed him from stepping out of the comfort zone. Sting has dipped his toe in different musical toes in musicals (2013's The Last Ship,) and orchestral (2010's Symphonicities.) Now, Sting has decided to remake a lot of his classic songs on his own & when he was a part of The Police. But the question is, are the songs better than before? Not really, and in fact it just didn't work to the best of intentions.
Sting's 2019 album My Songs, feel more like a combination remix album, and a recorded take of his own songs from his days with Andy & Stuart in The Police. The album feels more like a reintroduction to Sting's music for anyone that has just rediscovered him for the first time, giving his more recent albums: 2016's 57 & 9th & his duet album with Shaggy, 2018's 44/876. Some songs worked on those albums, but this record doesn't actually draw the listener in. In fact, it feels more like a album that tears apart hard core fans, where as the case a record that could appeal more to those whom have just discovered his music for the first time, giving Sting's recent works. Some of the newer takes do work alright like the soulful Shape Of My Heart and Fragile. But it is Sting's re-recordings of his Police work that really make the album that work better, but not as strong as the way the songs sounded when they were made in the 70's and 80's. Hearing Sting's own takes on tracks like Walking On The Moon & Message In A Bottle does make up for some of the weight that has bogged down on this album. Hearing Sting's solo songs re-worked like Desert Rose, If You Love Somebody Set Them Free and Englishman In New York do not strike as well as they did back during the heights of Sting's own success. I didn't feel drawn in on those new versions, and felt more longed for one of Sting's greatest hits records instead. The downside of most of the songs being re-recorded just doesn't feel like it is a buy that can work as strongly as was the case when Ten Summoner's Tales showed 25 years ago, and showed new life into Sting's work and the best when songs like Fields Of Gold & It's Probably Me had the best musicality Sting ever made from a record.
All in all, I really felt more mixed about My Songs. While it may be a good buy for those hard core fans of Sting's music, it really isn't as strong as I thought it could be. While The Police songs do work, Sting's solo tracks just draw me away from what made Sting on his own shine brilliantly. I think Sting could've made this album shine if he did this showcasing only Police works. If he picked tracks like Wrapped Around Your Finger or Don't Stand So Close To Me, it would be a different record. Instead, I left listening to this album, wondering why a good concept, didn't wow me at the end. My songs is a fair buy for hard core fans, but new Sting fans should consider treading with caution, or consider one of Sting's earlier hits records like Fields Of Gold: The Best Of Sting 1984-1994 or his 2011 boxed set 25 Years in full bloom. This was something Sting had experimented with before, given his past collections, but My Songs to me didn't take the cake.
Album Cover: B
Songs: C 1/2-