I love Sting, but...
I don’t know. This is so unneeded. When the songs aren’t awkwardly electronic and “modern” versions of the originals, they are attempted carbon copies. The “new” versions of Demolition Man and Message in a Bottle are decent, but I would just listen to the live versions of these exact arrangements from The Best of 25 Years album, anyways. These versions don’t have balls. The live material on here is good, though.
Fresh take on classics
By Fletch F. Fletch
Not just a compilation of hits but a fresh energized take on Sting’s classics. Sting revisits his music and merges them with different genres often, and this one takes a generally upbeat route. These are not as radically different as Sting’s orchestral versions and they may not be different enough to compel some fans to warrant a purchase, however they are nicely rearranged and a good listen. They of course will never replace the originals. In addition there are also some live versions that I suspect every fan will be happy to hear. Except for the snobby entities cretins complaining about an album no one is forcing them to buy. The same fans that complain he doesn’t do enough original stuff anymore yet he just released an album last year and one just before that. The same whiners that complain he doesn’t take enough chances but has tried his hand at other genres and offbeat collaborations like his recent one with Shaggy. Enjoy the album, or don’t. But settle down.
I was a huge Police fan back in the day. They played really well together and their music was phenomenal. This is pathetic. Sounds like a bad karaoke version. I will stick to listening to the recordings from the 70s and 80s.
While his voice has definitely held up pretty well, the fact that Sting thinks that people want to hear him attempt to re-record songs that were done incredibly well by The Police is crazy. These are lame, canned versions of the original songs. There is no way to duplicate what Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland and even Sting himself were doing at the time and in the moment 30 years ago when they made these records. All of the care and excitement and energy and techniques that went into the studio recordings back then is missing here. There is no magic in any of these songs/recordings, except for a few of Sting’s solo works which he does a nice job on all these years later. He should save The Police songs for his live shows - but re-recording them here is a joke. They just don’t hold up. These songs feel fake, as if you were hearing them on a boat performed by some studio musicians trying to duplicate The Police. Too bad. Sting is still an incredible live performer, singer and songwriter. He didn’t need to do this.
Sting Has Sold Out
By Maddie the Awesome 1
The artist formerly known as Sting has become a complete sell out. This is a money grab, pure and simple. He is tryingto stay relevant to a younger generation and to drum up interest for his Vegas shows. Such a talented artist should not be asking his fans to bend over and grab their ankles for this kind of lame material.
WOW the best Sting album since his 2001 All This Time album. Every song is a very nice matured version of the original.
Fresh and Fun
By Pauley Pocket
I love this album. Some updated sounding beats and vocals add a clean and danceable take on these beautifully-written classics. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
The improvements are stunning.....
The majority of these songs are not redone. They're either live versions or the original studio recording. What a joke.
The originals should not be replaced with this crapola. Totally worthless; there is no reason to re-record his masterpieces. What was Sting thinking?