Mercury Falling

Mercury Falling

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by Sting
     
 

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Falling somewhere between the pop sensibilities of Ten Summoner's Tales and the searching ambition of The Soul Cages, Mercury Falling is one of Sting's tighter records, even if it fails to compel as much as his previous solo albums. Though he doesn't

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Falling somewhere between the pop sensibilities of Ten Summoner's Tales and the searching ambition of The Soul Cages, Mercury Falling is one of Sting's tighter records, even if it fails to compel as much as his previous solo albums. Though he doesn't flaunt his jazz aspirations as he did in the mid-'80s, Mercury Falling feels more serious than The Dream of the Blue Turtles, primarily because of its reserved, high-class production and execution. Building from surprisingly simple, memorable melodies, Sting creates multi-layered, vaguely soul-influenced arrangements that carry all of the hallmarks of someone who has studied music, not lived it. Of course, there are many pleasures in the record -- for all of his pretensions, Sting remains an engaging melodicist, as well as a clever lyricist. There just happens to be a distinct lack of energy, stemming from the suffocating layers of synthesizers. Mercury Falling is a record of modest pleasures; it's just not an infectious, compulsive listen.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/1996
Label:
A&M
UPC:
0731454048323
catalogNumber:
540483
Rank:
56601

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sting   Primary Artist,Bass Guitar,Vocals
Kathryn Tickell   Background Vocals,Northumbrian Smallpipes
Kenny Kirkland   Keyboards
Lance Ellington   Vocals
Shirley Lewis   Vocals
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
B.J. Cole   Pedal Steel Guitar
Wayne Jackson   Trumpet
Andrew Love   Saxophone
Branford Marsalis   Saxophone
Dominic Miller   Guitar
Gerry Richardson   Hammond Organ
Tony Walters   Vocals
East London Gospel Choir   Vocals

Technical Credits

Sting   Producer
Hugh Padgham   Producer,Engineer
Simon Osborne   Engineer

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