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  A&M Records -
  242836 SA
  Sting: Brand New Day
  "Brand New Day"

Track listing:
  1. A Thousand Years
2. Desert Rose
3. Big Lie Small World
4. After the Rain has Fallen
5. Perfect Love...Gone Wrong
6. Tomorrow We'll See
7. Prelude to the End of the Game
8. Fill Her Up
9. Ghost Story
10. Brand New Day
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Sting: Sacred Love      

Reviews: 7 show all

Review by peteyspambucket June 2, 2004 (5 of 6 found this review helpful)
Performance:   Sonics:
OK, I'll bite and be the first person to review this one. I must preface by saying that I have generally not enjoyed much Sting's solo (post Police) work, finding them bland. However, this album when it came out was so very different from his other stuff, that it stands out in his output.

This SACD is a triumph. The sound is stunning. The instruments are very crisp and clear, and the multichannel mix allows you to hear certain (mostly percussive) instruments in relative isolation. Sting's experimentation with exotic instruments and orchestration is benefited by greater clarity afforded to these instruments. The bass sound is very pointed and natural. While I liked the album on Redbook, this SACD mix, because it reveals more of the musicianship, is making me love it. Quite a stretch for a self-proclaimed Sting-naysayer. :-)

A very accessible album in brilliant sound. Recommended.

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Review by madisonears November 29, 2006 (2 of 2 found this review helpful)
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Not every song is a winner, but then no Sting album is complete without a couple of clinkers. This is definitely one of his better solo efforts. The opening and closing tracks are worth the price of having to endure some of the drivel.

But the sound, the glorious sound! In stereo, this is just killer. The recording is very open with lots of air for a pop recording, and frequency extremes are very well represented. Sting is, after all, a bass player, and the lows on this disc will test your system. The exotic percussion instruments and synthesized bass effects are really cool.

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Review by eesau January 16, 2005 (2 of 5 found this review helpful)
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This is Sting's record from 1999 as a multi-channel version that is the same mix as the DTS-version. The DTS-records are typically very poor multi-channel mixes but I consider this to be one of the best among them. This is one of the best solo records Sting has made (among "Dream of the Blue Turtles" and "Mercury Falling"). If you like his music, you'll like this one, too.

The multi-channel mix is a dissappointment because I was expecting a new mix instead of the DTS-one. Sting's voice has been mixed as two channel in between the front channels (there is some output from the center channel but nothing from the rear channels). One of the great things of multi-channel audio is the lifelikeness of a human voice. This record does not utilize the opportunities of multi-channel but tinkers with adding sound effects to the rear channel ... as the poor DTS mixes very often do.

But the music is great and that should be essential to us, of course.

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