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  Sting: Sacred Love
  "Sacred Love"

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Review by chriscmore October 14, 2004 (4 of 4 found this review helpful)
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For this huge Sting, surround and DSD fan, this album was a complete miss, miss, miss. The music is completely uninspired drivel, lacking in any originality, passion, or really much effort at all. Much like Mercury Falling, after two listens it was obvious that this was bound for eBay. I hope this isn't a trend, but Sacred Love seems to be one of those late-career, half-hearted, bored rich artist formulaic, committee-driven pieces of white bread. Sting's consistancy of performance has eroded from his early brilliant to really good swings, to his present really good to really bad swings. I think things started going to hell with that Robin Hood single with Stewart and Adams.

Sonically, this is a pass as well. If you want good DSD surround Sting, go get Brand New Day and continue hoping that his best work - Soul Cages, Nothing Like the Sun, Dream of the Blue Turtles, and Ten Sumners Tales - will get the Brand New Day remixing and remastering treatment. But Sacred Love has little to offer sonically, with it's grade-C sonic qualities (compression, sibilance, digital hash, etc.) being only mildly interesting, listening to very talented studio musicians march through Sting's weakest compositions.

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Review by duchski October 13, 2008 (2 of 3 found this review helpful)
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In short: an uninspiring, overenegineered dull album. Very weak. C'mon Sting, you can do better than that!
To prospective buyers: just buy Brand New Day instead - it is not the best of his albums but much better than this....

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Review by pchichi August 8, 2006 (1 of 1 found this review helpful)
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I'm not a fan of Sting. I just like the hits he made. I would be more a Sting compilation buyer...

I'm crazy for multichannel and I bought this SACD since there are not a lot of them that may interest me.
I didn't read the review; I should have. I didn't listen to it on itunes; I should have. (PS : Nonetheless, after one week of listening to it everyday, I like it a little bit more)

The duet with Mary J. Blige upsets me as well (but less on the Cd layer version). Transitions between titles are not welcomed...

The second part of the album is more interesting but not surprising. "Stolen car" "The book of life" are the ones I prefer.

The sound of the Multichannel version is not very dynamic, and consequently the listening becomes quickly taxing.
Worse, on the CD layer, I discovered sounds that are completed stifled on the SACD surround version (for example the whispers voices on the 10 seconds of the begining of "Inside").

The surround channels are not really used...
"Send you love" remixed (even though not a great remix) brings something more wide and dare going on the surround speakers. "Shape of my heart" has a nice presence.

if they had used the surround, "The book of my life" would have been a gem. Too bad !

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