Poor Mr Tracks. This is the post he has been dreading. The one about Sting and The Police.
One of his younger sisters used to be a massive Police fan when they were popular in the late 1970s and through the 1980s. Well they were totally dominating the music scene at that time with utterly fabulous music, so why wouldn’t she be?!
But as far as her older brother was concerned, someone who was not necessarily a major fan of pop, the endless playing of instant classics like Roxanne, Every Breath You Take and Message In A Bottle was all a bit much.
These days, Mr Tracks puts up with most of my eclectic music tastes but he does have some lines in the sand and The Police is one of them. He thinks he needs to look away when this pops up.
I have a version of the ‘very best of’ album released in 2002. It has all the well known Police tracks on it. I love their earthy, rhythmic, original sound which still seems bright and new today. Each instrumental line earns its place alongside Sting’s raspy vocal, generating a unique and fresh result.
I also have stuff by Sting as a solo performer. Highlights include the interesting and enigmatic Desert Rose. The intention behind Russians needs no explanation, but I really like it musically. The gentle latino beats of Fragile ooze emotion to match the lyrics.
And then we have the sublime beauty of Fields of Gold – a rare treasure of a track to which I could listen over and over again. Perfection for all one’s musical senses: elegant harmonies lilting over a delicately driving beat to accompany romantic lyrics.
It is far away from those early days of The Police. Anyone not a fan of their original fare could feel very reassured that they are likely to receive an abundance of pleasure, and no pain at all when listening to this.
What do you think? 🙂