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…  See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/1996
Label:
A&M
UPC:
0731454048323
catalogNumber:
540483
Rank:
15575

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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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Mercury Falling 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago