Thursday, March 2, 2017
Sting - Ten Summoner's Tales - 1993
I really liked this album. Sort of. I wanted to like it immediately. And, I did, with IIELMFIY and LISTJ and Fields of Gold. I said "HOORAY!" But, slowly, the style and the demeanor of the music changed. "Gasp!" I said. "I think Sting's moving into that adult contemporary phase and maturing! No more rock and roll!" And, at the time with Grunge, Techno and Madchester in full swing, listening to this one seemed almost boring.
But, as I've listened to it for two and a half decades, I know well that it's an example of Sting's incredible versatility and fearlessness in exploring all musical options. He has shown incredible strength in writing songs that can inspire and warm the heart, bringing out emotions and conveying them in ways only Sting can.
After listening to this album as I was working on the cover, I found myself singing Love Is Stronger Than Justice for almost two weeks. Excellent song. Love is a big fat river in flood. Only Sting can do that!