Brand New Day [Japan Bonus CD]

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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 ...
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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. [The Japanese release includes a bonus disc featuring enhanced content.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/13/2001
  • Label: Polygram Int'l
  • UPC: 606949087326
  • Catalog Number: 544202

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sting Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Kathryn Tickell Fiddle, Northumbrian Smallpipes
Cheb Mami Vocals
James Taylor Vocals
Darryl Tookes Background Vocals
Tawatha Agee Background Vocals
Kouider Berkane Strings
Don Blackman Organ
Chris Botti Trumpet
Mino Cinelu Percussion
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
B.J. Cole Steel Guitar
Manu Katché Drums
Kipper Keyboards
Branford Marsalis Clarinet
Dominic Miller Guitar
Janice Pendarvis Background Vocals
Mac Quayle Keyboards
Althea Rogers Background Vocals
Stevie Wonder Harmonica
Gavyn Wright Leader
Marlon Saunders Background Vocals
David Hartley Organ, Conductor
Sameh Catalan Strings
Ste Vocals
Farhat Bouallagui Conductor, Leader
Mustapha Ettamri Darbouka
Ken Williams Background Vocals
Moulay Ahmed Strings
Salem Bnouni Strings
Dennis Collins Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Cheb Mami Lyric Adaptations
Sting Producer
Chris Blair Mastering
Neil Dorfsman Engineer
Kipper Producer, drum programming
Mac Quayle Engineer
Geoff Foster Engineer
Simon Osborne Engineer
David Hartley String Arrangements
Victor Calderone Producer, Remixing
Farhat Bouallagui String Arrangements
Joe-Mama Nitzberg Direction
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