Nothing Like the Sun

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Dream of the Blue Turtles was an unabashedly pretentious affair, it looks positively lighthearted in comparison to Sting's sophomore effort, Nothing Like the Sun, one of the most doggedly serious pop albums ever recorded. This is an album where the only up-tempo track, the only trifle -- the cheerfully stiff white-funk "We'll Be Together" -- was added at the insistence of the label because they believed there wasn't a cut on the record that could be pulled as a single, one that would break down the doors to mainstream radio. And they were right, since everything else here is too measured, calm, and deliberately subtle to be immediate including the intentional...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
If Dream of the Blue Turtles was an unabashedly pretentious affair, it looks positively lighthearted in comparison to Sting's sophomore effort, Nothing Like the Sun, one of the most doggedly serious pop albums ever recorded. This is an album where the only up-tempo track, the only trifle -- the cheerfully stiff white-funk "We'll Be Together" -- was added at the insistence of the label because they believed there wasn't a cut on the record that could be pulled as a single, one that would break down the doors to mainstream radio. And they were right, since everything else here is too measured, calm, and deliberately subtle to be immediate including the intentional throwaway, "Rock Steady". So, why is it a better album than its predecessor? Because Sting doesn't seem to be trying so hard. It flows naturally, largely because this isn't trying to explicitly be a jazz-rock record thank the presence of a new rhythm section of Sting and drummer Manu Katche for that and because the melodies are insinuating, slowly working their way into memory, while the entire record plays like a mood piece -- playing equally well as background music or as intensive, serious listening. Sting's words can still grate -- the stifling pompousness of "History Will Teach Us Nothing" the clearest example, yet calls of "Hey Mr. Pinochet" also strike an uneasy chord -- but his lyricism shines on "The Lazarus Heart," "Be Still My Beating Heart," "They Dance Alone," and "Fragile," a quartet of his very finest songs. If Nothing Like the Sun runs a little too long, with only his Gil Evans-assisted cover of "Little Wing" standing out in the final quarter, it still maintains its tone until the end and, since it's buoyed by those previously mentioned stunners, it's one of his better albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 075021640221
  • Catalog Number: 6402
  • Sales rank: 8,050

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sting Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Mark Egan Bass, Guitar
Rubén Blades Guitar, Vocals
Andy Summers Guitar
Vesta Williams Background Vocals
Hiram Bullock Guitar
Fareed Haque Guitar
Kenny Kirkland Keyboards
Renee Geyer Background Vocals
Kenwood Dennard Drums
Mino Cinelu Percussion, Vocoder
Eric Clapton Guitar
Gil Evans Conductor
Manu Katché Drums
Mark Knopfler Guitar
Branford Marsalis Saxophone
Dollette McDonald Background Vocals
Andy Newmark Drums
Janice Pendarvis Background Vocals
Ken Helman Piano
Sting International Bass, Guitar, Vocals
Gil Evans Orchestra Musician
Technical Credits
Sting Producer
Bryan Loren Producer
Neil Dorfsman Producer
Gil Evans Contributor
Rory Kaplan Executive Producer
Hugh Padgham Producer
David Tickle Mastering
Sting International Arranger, Liner Notes
Richard Frankel Art Direction
Rod Michaels Engineer
Jeff Levison Contributor
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    My All Time Sting Favorite Album

    This is my all time favorite, and I am a true fan. It is mellow with just the right amount of energy. I wish there were more collections like this one!

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