Brand New Day

Brand New Day

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by Sting
     
 

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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 andSee more details below

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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.

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Editorial Reviews

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/1999
Label:
Interscope Records
UPC:
0606949044329
catalogNumber:
90443
Rank:
11476

Tracks

  1. A Thousand Years  -  Sting
  2. Desert Rose  - Farhat Bouallagui
  3. Big Lie Small World  - David Hartley
  4. After the Rain Has Fallen  -  Sting
  5. Perfect Love...Gone Wrong  -  Sting
  6. Tomorrow We'll See  - David Hartley
  7. The End Of The Game  -  Sting
  8. Fill Her Up  -  Sting
  9. Ghost Story  -  Sting
  10. Brand New Day  -  Sting

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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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