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What in Sting's younger years was lush, passionate, often painful self-examination has become, in adulthood, intense, austere and very direct: here I am; take me or not. For those who complain that they liked previous work better and want more of the same, I disagree. It would be as sad were Sting to 'get stuck' at any point in life's progress as it would be for any of us to do so. "Sacred Love" is not "Soul Cages" again - such a production at this time of life would be so inappropriate as to seem grotesque: the Mick Jagger syndrome. This marvelous, difficult, uncompromising CD is, rather, the definitive voice of a thoughtful, intelligent, introspective 52-year-old. We should all be growing up so gracefully.
I've followed Sting's solo career with equel vigour from the very first time I heard "If You Love Somone..." and "Love Is The Seventh Wave" on BBC shortwave in West Africa. I've seen Sting 10 times starting with Nothing Like The Sun (I came to America in 1987) through the live ..All This Time promotional tour. I met him on one occasion at Sandstone in Kansas City and was front-row center on his BND promo tour in Chicago. My favourite two albums are DotBT and Soul Cages. Hehe, that's a tough choice because there's I really love nearly everything Sting has done.
I wanted to love this CD. I really did. I even tried. But it doesn't come up as compelling as his previous material. At least not to my my humble ears. I almost hate admitting that I don't like this because it makes me feel like a disloyal Sting fan, but in the interest of being honest, there you go. I purchased the Japanese import of the SACD and have listened to it maybe two dozen times. That's not to say it's bad; there are a few tracks that I like (as opposed to all of them) and some very solid hooks in some of the songs ("Stolen Car"'s "take me dancing" chorus jumps to mind). I like "Dead Man's Rope" and "Inside" a lot. The sitar in "Book Of My Life" is damn good too, but lyrically the song itself doesn't do anything for me.
I can't put my finger on it, but the music doesn't *move* me like nearly all of his previous material has. One thought: This might be because the music heavily electronic and sounds sterile (?).Read more ›
Sting has always been vulnerable to the charge of displaying more calculation than soul; a charge with occasional merit but usually less than suggested by the critics. Even when he seems to be showing off his (very ample) songwriting chops and production skills, there is nearly always an infectious melody and dexterous lyrics to redeem whatever excesses occasionally crop up. Intelligent pop is rare enough that other failings can be easily forgiven. And this is why Sting has such an avid fanbase, of which I count myself among the more devout. It's a shopworn phrase but many of us would buy the remix if Gordon Sumner just recorded his hairdryer.
Unfortunately "Sacred Love" seems to reinforce a trend on display over Sting's last decade or so of work. As his production values have increased and his experimentation with new genres continued apace, what often has been left behind is the arresting melodical construction that once made his reputation and his fortune. This was especially evident on "Mercury Falling" and it reemerges again on "Sacred Love" - both works with impeccable production, sophisticated and complex song structures (and of course time signatures), and thoughtful lyrics without delivering much that leaves a strong impression - while managing the curious feat of genre experimentation without real adventurousness. Ultimately it is difficult to argue with AMG's Stephen Thomas Erlewine's assessment that "Sacred Love" is "an album that puts sound over song or performance." My headline sums it up: it's got everything but great songs.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Sucks on so many levels, I don't know where to start. I swear there isn't a memorable song on the disc, and it's not a very good recording, besides! Read morePublished on April 14, 2009 by Richie Rich
Following his surprise "comeback" on 1999's BRAND NEW DAY, Sting disappeared for four years before releasing SACRED LOVE. Read morePublished on August 6, 2006 by Tom Benton
I bought Sting's newest album "Sacred Love" on October 2nd of this year and while it took time to grow on me, it ultimately grew to become another great album from Sting. Read morePublished on December 30, 2003 by Distant Voyageur
The reason I am and continue to be such a fan of Sting is the fact that he and his music continues to Evolve. Read morePublished on November 18, 2003 by Eric Blackwell
No wonder most of Sting American fans (on these comments) do not like his political issues on war..!If you like Sting, this album has quite a lot of material for you. Read morePublished on October 24, 2003
I'm not going to bother retyping the review. Long of the short of it, best sting album since 10 summners tales, but not that great. Read morePublished on October 21, 2003 by C. Harris
I think, despite the naysayers, this is one of Sting's best album's _ever_. Even if you don't agree with his politics on "This War", it should at least give you something... Read morePublished on October 13, 2003 by Patricia R. Andersen
I have been a big fan of Sting ever since I was 10 and "Every Breath You Take" came out. First and foremost, I am grateful that Sting is still generous enough to grace us... Read morePublished on October 9, 2003 by English major
I have always appreciated Sting. This is the first release I have been motivated to purchase and put my appreciation into practice. Read morePublished on October 8, 2003 by Caron J. Cuffie