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The Soul Cages

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The difference maker

    When this CD was released in 1991, I was not pleased with its content, maybe because it is mirky and sullen at points, and at the time I was looking for Sting to maintain the high energy kind of bright compositions that characterized much of his earlier work. Recently, however, after hearing "All This Time" on a compilation of his best hits, I was prompted to go back to the album and re-examine my first impressions. Listening again, I discovered a gem that I had originally failed to appreciate. Although these songs are admittedly dark and mysterious, taken together- and that's how they should be considered- they comprise a poetic, autobiographical allegory. Somber and even heavy in mood (though at times a bit lighter), they contain a substantive depth which simply requires more time and attention to digest. Yet, within the layers of sound and imagery lies a visceral message- the title tune, "Soul Cages" with its haunting metaphors; "I'm Mad About You," which is as much a lament as a dedication; "All This Time," a personal retrospective of Newcastle lyrically spun through lines like "Teacher told us, the Romans built this place. . . ." With a value of its own, it's clear to me now that this album also stands as the critical artistic bridge from Sting's Police-esque song writing to his more mature efforts in "Ten Summoner's Tales." "Nothing Like the Sun" began a new direction, but then came a three-year lull in which Sting battled his writer's block. In "Cages" he returned to the true path, along the way incorporating some unorthodox devices (uncommon instrumentation, odd time signatures) and developing a more sophisticated story-telling knack. To put it another way: had there been no "Soul Cages," there would have been no "Ten Summoner's Tales." He needed to work through this musical catharsis in order to reach the next level. It therefore represents a watershed in his originality. Whether you listen to it for that reason or not, with a blemish or two the Soul Cages will nonetheless ultimately move you. It just may take a few playings [or years] to do so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Concentrated Sting

    Sting fans are Sting fans because of songs like the ones here on The Soul Cages. Almost every song is top-calibre. Emotionally and intellectually engaging like U2's The Joshua Tree. By far my favorite Sting Album. I just wish he made more albums that were so tightly packed with this kind of quality.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of His Best

    Can't agree with Itotis's review. Soul Cages represents Sting at his best. Pensive, thoughtfull and low-key this albumn is filled with moody melodies that haunt the listener. This album may be a departure from the normal Sting, but it shines as his best ever.

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