This album didn't produce any hits in the U.S. (although "Whenever I Say Your Name," the duet with Mary J. Blige, did get some radio play) but it is nonetheless one of the Sting albums - and I have all of them - that I come back to again and again. Sting has been singing about love since his days with The Police, but he reveals a more mature, though still passionate, perspective on this album.
My favorite song is "Send Your Love" which I appreciate for its energy and frankness: "There's no religion but sex and music."
Like many Sting fans, what I have admired most about his music is the poetry of his lyrics and this album does not disappoint. He is at his lyrical best on the brooding "The Book of My Life": "It's the book of my days, it's the book of my life / And it's cut like a fruit on the blade of a knife / And it's all there to see as the section reveals / There's some sorrow in every life."
The only exception to the warm and intimate atmosphere of the album is "This War" which is an indictment of world leaders who "Invest in deadly weapons/ And those little cotton flags/ Invest in wooden caskets/ In guns and body bags." But this song has something to say about love too in that it shows what the absence of love looks like.