Brand New Day

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Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
Since he struck commercial and critical gold with The Police's combination of reggae rhythms and English new wave over 20 years ago, Sting has embraced a vision of pop music that blurs the boundaries of jazz, soul, rock, and world music. Powered by this ambitious alchemy -- which sometimes obscures the line between sophistication and pretension -- Sting's first album since 1996's reflective Mercury Falling finds the king of pain shooting for the stars again. Joined by an ace cast of singers and players -- Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Branford Marsalis, and Algerian rai singer Cheb Mami -- Brand New Day is stuffed with internationalist musical flavor. "Desert Rose" provides...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Jon Dolan
Since he struck commercial and critical gold with The Police's combination of reggae rhythms and English new wave over 20 years ago, Sting has embraced a vision of pop music that blurs the boundaries of jazz, soul, rock, and world music. Powered by this ambitious alchemy -- which sometimes obscures the line between sophistication and pretension -- Sting's first album since 1996's reflective Mercury Falling finds the king of pain shooting for the stars again. Joined by an ace cast of singers and players -- Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Branford Marsalis, and Algerian rai singer Cheb Mami -- Brand New Day is stuffed with internationalist musical flavor. "Desert Rose" provides a technofied take on North African dance-pop. "Big Lie, Small World" is a lightly strummed acoustic bossa nova. "Perfect Love Gone Wrong" is late-night jazz-pop touched with French rapping. "Fill Her Up" even sets down in the dusty deep South for a nice bit of faux honky-tonk in which the accomplished actor assumes the role of a gas station attendant with dubious dreams of getting the hell outta Dodge. Conversely, in "Tomorrow We'll See," he sings of a hooker on the prowl and the results are much less compelling. But for the most part, his songwriting remains in the safe confines of the healing love lyric. "How many people out there/ Been hurt in some kinda love affair," Sting sings on the gospel-tinged title track. He doesn't have an answer, but he sure will heal some wounds.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
By the late '90s, Sting had reached a point where he didn't have to prove his worth every time out; he had so ingrained himself in pop culture, he really had the freedom to do whatever he wanted. He had that attitude on Mercury Falling, but it was too somber and serious, everything that its successor, Brand New Day, is not. Light, even effervescent, Brand New Day feels like little else in Sting's catalog. Not that it represents a new beginning, contrary to what the title may promise. The album is not only firmly within his tradition, it sounds out of time -- it's odd how close Brand New Day comes to feeling like a sequel to Nothing Like the Sun. Musically, that is. The sparkling, meticulous production and the very tone of the music -- ranging from light funk to mellow ballads to the Lyle Lovett tribute "Fill Her Up" -- are of a piece with Sting's late-'80s work. That's the main thing separating it from Ten Summoner's Tales, his other straight pop album -- well, that, and the levity. There are no overarching themes, no political messages on Brand New Day -- only love songs, story songs, and, for lack of a better term, inspirational exhortations. This is all a good thing, since by keeping things light he's managed to craft an appealing, engaging record. It may not ask as much from its audience as Sting's other '90s efforts, but it's immediately enjoyable, which isn't the case for its cousins. Brand New Day doesn't boast any new classics, and it does sound a little dated, but it's well-crafted, melodic, and has a good sense of humor -- exactly the kind of record Sting should be making as he embarks on the third decade of his career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/28/1999
  • Label: Interscope Records
  • UPC: 606949044329
  • Catalog Number: 90443
  • Sales rank: 5,301

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 A Thousand Years (5:57)
  2. 2 Desert Rose - Farhat Bouallagui (4:44)
  3. 3 Big Lie Small World - David Hartley (5:04)
  4. 4 After the Rain Has Fallen (5:05)
  5. 5 Perfect Love...Gone Wrong (5:16)
  6. 6 Tomorrow We'll See - David Hartley (4:45)
  7. 7 The End Of The Game (6:35)
  8. 8 Fill Her Up (5:38)
  9. 9 Ghost Story (5:29)
  10. 10 Brand New Day (6:15)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sting Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Guitar
Kathryn Tickell Fiddle, Pipe, Northumbrian Smallpipes
Cheb Mami Vocals
James Taylor Vocals, Background Vocals
Jason Rebello Piano, Clavinet
Darryl Tookes Background Vocals
Vaneese Thomas Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
Kouider Berkane Strings
Don Blackman Organ, Hammond Organ
Chris Botti Trumpet
Mino Cinelu Percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
B.J. Cole Guitar, Pedal Steel Guitar
Isobel Griffiths Conductor
Manu Katché Drums
Kipper Keyboards
Branford Marsalis Clarinet
Dominic Miller Guitar
Janice Pendarvis Background Vocals
Althea Rogers Background Vocals
Stevie Wonder Harmonica
Gavyn Wright Leader
Sting International Bass, Background Vocals, Synthesizer Guitar
Marlon Saunders Background Vocals
David Hartley Organ, Conductor, Hammond Organ
Sameh Catalan Strings
Ste Vocals
Farhat Bouallagui Conductor, Leader
John Mendez Background Vocals
Mustapha Ettamri Darbouka
Ken Williams Background Vocals
Ken Williams Background Vocals
Moulay Ahmed Strings
Salem Bnouni Strings
Kouider Berkan Strings
Dennis Collins Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Cheb Mami Composer
Sting Producer
Chris Blair Engineer
Neil Dorfsman Engineer
Kipper Composer, Producer, drum programming
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Joe Peccerillo Engineer
Gavyn Wright String Conductor
Geoff Foster Engineer
Simon Osborne Engineer
Sting International Producer
David Hartley Arranger, String Arrangements
Farhat Bouallagui String Arrangements
Joe-Mama Nitzberg Direction
Sté Strausz Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    He Goes Where Others D(W)on't

    I'm still trying to figure out what it is about this album that angered or disappointed some critics. Maybe its the ease with which Sting moves from one genre to another, perhaps giving the impression that it's all a part of some contrived pretentiousness. In reality, I am constantly dumbfounded by the extraordinary variety of music that his writing encompasses, as it explores ever new and fresh vistas. On this album, among others he's tackled the Arabic medium with grace and verve. More impressive is his constant genius in being able to convert what could be the complex and esoteric into an understandable musical statement. A particular favorite on this entry, "Ghost Story," for example, may even be disguised by its apparent simplicity. Don't be fooled: it's a masterpiece. In sum, all of the selections on this album, embellished with superb production and accomplished musical accompaniment, push the boundaries ("Fill Her UP" moves blithely from country to gospel to jazz - and still gets the story told). Granted, this is not for the musically idle or indifferent. It beckons you to listen more than once-- but the ultimate reward is worth the investment. Let those without patience move on. This is to be savored over time.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    "breath of fresh air"

    Two words to describe brand new day= musical genius. this cd was like a breath of fresh air. I really enjoyed "desert rose" and the way sting incorporated french & indian music with his own style. I can listen to this cd from beginning to the end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unbelievably Excellent!!

    This album grew on me and became a part of my soul so quickly it took by breath away. Sting is definitly a master of his craft; able to capture the listener's heart upon first or second hearing. Advice: to get the full advantage of listening to Sting, read the lyrics along with the music. Its beautiful poetry.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brand New -Yes But...

    A Sting song with a French rapper? GIT DOWN BROTHER!! Some things just shouldn't be on a Sting record. Songs ''A Thousand Years'', ''Desert Rose'', ''Brand New Day'' & the humorous tale of Sting trying to track down a letter to a girlfriend in ''Big Lie Small World'' hold so much promise BUT...those others are garbage. The French rapper needs his neck tied tight! If this what they're singing in Paris, it needs to be contained and quickly. The garbage weighs it DOWN. Check out ''Soul Cages'' or ''Ten Summoners Tales'' for great Sting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brand New Day

    oh i loved it! especially desert rose. somewhat comfortingly haunting. love it very much!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brand New Day

    i love it! it has a variety of different music styles, and is very cool! i totally recommend it to anyone who loves music!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Angelic Voice, Grandiloquent Performer

    Sting was only an artist I heard about. I never knew much about him until ''that'' commercial. You know the Jaguar commercial with Sting daydreaming, about Desert Rose, and Desert Sand. I had already walked out of the room when I heard the commercial. Instantaneously, I was drwan right back into the room. What a beautiful song! A song I ran to hear every time the commecial came on television. It took a while for me though to decide in my mind if I actually wanted to buy his cd, Brand New Day. Until, I went online to BN.com, and previewed the cd, and read the reviews posted. I almost jumped out of my seat, this cd is more than marvelous. This is the best music I have heard ever! I am only 19 and listening to Rock-Pop by an ''old guy'', is taboo. Sting is far from old or a guy. When you make music this beautiful you are vibrant and adroit; far above excellence.I went yesterday to buy this cd, and every store I went to was sold out!! I almost died, really! I rushed my sister to a local mall that was closing in less than fifteen minutes, I ran in like my life was in danger (which it was if I did not get this cd), and I bought Sting's cd, which was the last in stock! Sting has proven that with age and maturity, music icons can still win another fan or introduce someone as myself to their music. I will cherrish this cd and I have decided to build a Sting collection along with my Bob Marley. Sting, you are a wonderful, remarkable composer, artist, and human being. Thank you for creating great music.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brand New Day

    I forgot to mention the classic Sting bass melodies on most of the tracks in my previous review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brand New Day

    Great mood music with oriental influences.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Really REALLY Bad

    I used to have a lot of respect for Sting, and I thought he was a very talented man. That opinion has changed drastically after hearing his latest CD. All the songs sound like one another, except that each is even worse than the one before. They're all breezy, vacant pop, not at all what I am used to hearing from my man Sting. Of all the songs on the album, ''Fill Her Up'' is the most excruciatingly painful to listen to. This CD is on the playlist where I work, so I am forced to listen to it several times daily. I always rejoice when I hear the corny, badly written title track, because I know the Sting Torture has almost come to an end. This album makes me want to give a new definition to ''burning a CD.''

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    why cant all men be like him?

    I have only two words for you DESERT ROSE!! I have never heard a song like that before! I am a new fan of his,..im in high school..so of course im in love with him as well,(of cource.) this song truly has something different! So deep,emotional,and exotic! desert rose is by fare the best song on the track. hes a genius!! he has a way of getting to a girl...and that album gives me goose bumps! right on Sting! Can wait for the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sting Rules a New Day

    Excellent CD. Really enjoyed the new types of sounds. Ocassionally there is a track that you skip over to get to the next better song, the only uncharacterist quality, but it only happens once or twice. Looking forward to seeing Sting live in concert in Austin TX on Aug. 26th.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Falling in Love All Over Again

    I have always adored Sting's complexity with both lyrics and melody, but he outdoes himself on BND. From the profound emotion of 'A Thousand Years' to the wise counsel of 'After the Rain...' (listen up, those of you in unhappy relationships!), he balances intensity, morality and musicality so well that I feel like I've just been on a vacation to the Mediterranean, revived, restored and a little bit wiser for the adventure. Sting is almost frighteningly adept at painting vivid mental and emotional pictures with words and musical settings. I really think I had forgotten what a wonderful artist Sting is and what an all-encompassing, well thought out product he turns out. I hope you enjoy the emotional balm this title offers as much as I do/will. I'll be listening to it for a long time to come.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Even I like it!

    I'm a young teenage girl who's very much into hard rock, but my mom likes more folk or soft rock kinds of music and Sting is one of her favorites. When we're in the car, she listens to what she wants to listen to. After hearing the new Sting cd a few times in the car, I came to the realiztion that Sting was a pretty cool guy and the music was really great. Sting is the kind of artist that can appeal to many people, even if they don't usually listen to that kind of music. It's a great cd.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sting, what were you thinking???

    I couldn't wait to go out and buy this CD after I saw him perform it on

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Excellent!

    This album is simply amazing. Once again, Sting has pushed the limits of Pop further than humanly possible and he has delighted us with poetry, sound and visions of a Brand New Day! This is the CD I listen to the most next to John McArthur's H I D D E N album. A must for any Sting fan!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STING YOU COULDN'T DO BETTER THAN THIS

    I COULD LISTEN TO THIS CD OVER AND OVER! THIS HAS TO BE THE BEST I HAVE HEARD FROM YOU. THE MUSIC IS SO CREATIVE, AND THE GUESTS ON THE CD ARE SOME OF MY FAVORITE. THERE IS A DEFINITE GROOVE HERE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Pushing the Boundaries

    You can always expect something new and fresh from Sting. That is why I keep buying his albums. You can feel his emotions through the music and interesting lyrics. If you like radio music, don't bother. If you like to be adventerous, jump right in.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    stung by the sting

    i'm sorry. call me a romantic. he's gorgeous, he's sensitive, he is talented...but what the heck is he thinking? RAP for God's sake...on a STING album. it doesn't matter that it was in french! give me the soul cages sting, the man who croons the best standards of all time, the man who led the police. i am ashamed to say...i disliked this album. i'm sorry, gordon. i still love you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STING DOES IT AGAIN!

    AS USUAL STING PROVIDES US WITH DIFFRENT FLAVORS IN THIS ALBUM. FROM COUNTRY, TOP 40, WORLD MUSIC,TO JAZZ, FROM ROAXXANNE IN THE 70'S TO DESERT ROSE IN THE 90'S. STING IS STILL THE MAN.

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