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Mercury Falling

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/12/1996
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 731454048323
  • Catalog Number: 540483
  • Sales rank: 10,924

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sting Primary Artist, 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
The East London Gospel Choir Vocals
Technical Credits
Sting Producer
Hugh Padgham Producer, Engineer
Simon Osborne Engineer
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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Not This Time

    Sting's writing typically is of such high quality, that simply a release of his album can garner 4 stars. Given what we¿ve come to expect from ¿the Man,¿ however, Mercury Falling is a disappointment. Had he continued on the path first initiated in Soul Cages and then Ten Summoner¿s Tales, this would have been a much more original and stimulating effort. Instead, he inexplicably chose to record a Tennessee-oriented album, in the Stax and Nashville style, replete with country songs and slide guitars, alongside soul thumpers dressed up with Memphis horns. Despite the impressive production, the bland results leave the listener discontented. Sting can play and sing well, no matter what the material, but his genius is revealed only when he remains true to his own instincts. Although I would still recommend this album, it nonetheless is not equal to Sting¿s usual high standard, and fans need to seek his more recent works to witness the real artist at work once more.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Why the bad wraps?

    This would have to be one of my favourite Sting albums, but for the life of me I can't understand why I keep reading rather negative reviews on this work. A reflective, mellow, vaguely soul influenced record, I've found this one a constant repeat listen....chicks love it too!

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    Posted November 24, 2008

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