Sacred Love

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A Brand New Day was the title of Sting's last studio album, but it's on Sacred Love, four years later, that he stumbles out of bed to confront the cold light of a world very much changed. Fortunately, Sting wakes up sounding so energized, you can practically see him doing jumping jacks. The vital Sacred Love, recorded amid the rumblings of the war in Iraq, is suffused with the paranoia and anger of our post-9/11 world but also with joy, sex, and resolve. The album's title suggests Sting's solution to the messy state of our world: More passion and compassion, in all its forms, love at its most courageous. From the opening track, "Inside," a rejuvenated Sting is eager to...
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Barnes & Noble - Mark Schwartz
A Brand New Day was the title of Sting's last studio album, but it's on Sacred Love, four years later, that he stumbles out of bed to confront the cold light of a world very much changed. Fortunately, Sting wakes up sounding so energized, you can practically see him doing jumping jacks. The vital Sacred Love, recorded amid the rumblings of the war in Iraq, is suffused with the paranoia and anger of our post-9/11 world but also with joy, sex, and resolve. The album's title suggests Sting's solution to the messy state of our world: More passion and compassion, in all its forms, love at its most courageous. From the opening track, "Inside," a rejuvenated Sting is eager to smash through ignorance and fear. Awakened from an atrophied, alienated state, he's hungry for connection: Love is an explosion, an annihilation, a violent star, an angry scar. On song after song, love and faith are intertwined, as they are in the fiery ballad "Whenever I Say Your Name," in which the Englishman is yanked forcibly out of his stiff posture by Mary J. Blige: "Whenever I say your name, I'm already praying." To be sure, Sacred Love shares some cosmetic similarity to its studio predecessor -- Eastern instrumentation on "The Book of My Life," another car commercial in waiting in "Stolen Car Take Me Out Dancing." But this bristling effort is far from blasé adult contemporary pop. The beats are stark and funky, and Sting's singing is at its most immediate since his days with the Police. Two overtly political songs -- the vicious "This War," taking both Blair and Bush to task at the same time, and the more refined "Forget About the Future," which casts warring countries as battling spouses -- and a dark, insistent trance remix of "Send Your Love" join tracks lit up by gospel choirs and fiery jazz solos. Ensconced in his Tuscan villa, perfecting his yoga positions, Sting hasn't been this relevant in a long time -- Sacred Love is a welcome return.
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Sting scored a moderate comeback success greater than most had imagined possible with 1999's Brand New Day, reestablishing himself as a viable commercial artist instead of merely settling for living legend status. Part of this success was due to "Desert Rose," featuring vocalist Farhat Bouallagui's careening cadences that garnered attention, particularly when they were showcased in a car commercial that kicked the album into high commercial gear. Sting picks up on this, adding three guest vocalists to the ten-track Sacred Love album the 11th track is a remix of the lead single, "Send Your Love" -- which happens to be better, since it eliminates the rather annoying Indian-styled hook: Vicente Amigo and Anoushka Shankar are paired with Mary J. Blige, who in this context is presented as a world music artist. None of the guests makes much of an impression here, but neither does Sting, since this is an album that puts sound over song or performance. Sacred Love is to Brand New Day what Mercury Falling was to Ten Summoner's Tales -- a fussy, overworked stab at maturity, one that has impeccable craft but is obscured by its own meticulousness. It is professional to a fault, using its maturity and preciseness to obscure the fact that the songs don't really work. Sting isn't always hemmed in, even ending "Inside" with a hysterical rant that makes him seem like a madman, but it has the effect of making the rest of the album seem too deliberate and far from adventurous. It's far from a bad listen, nor is it embarrassing, but it's entirely too predictable, coming across as nothing more than well-tailored, expensive mood music, which is certainly far less than what Sacred Love
Rolling Stone - David Wild
1/2 The radiant Sacred Love is a vivid and frequently gorgeous reminder that Gordon Sumner is first and foremost a talented singer-songwriter.

1/2 The radiant Sacred Love is a vivid and frequently gorgeous reminder that Gordon Sumner is first and foremost a talented singer-songwriter.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/27/2004
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 602498616864
  • Catalog Number: 000193419

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Inside
  2. 2 Send Your Love - Vicente Amigo
  3. 3 Whenever I Say Your Name - Mary J. Blige
  4. 4 Dead Man's Rope
  5. 5 Never Coming Home
  6. 6 Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)
  7. 7 Forget About the Future
  8. 8 This War
  9. 9 The Book of My Life - Anoushka Shankar
  10. 10 Sacred Love
  11. 11 Send Your Love
  12. 12 Send Your Love
  13. 13 Send Your Love
  14. 14 Whenever I Say Your Name - Mary J. Blige
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sting Primary Artist, Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Turkish Clarinet
Ada Dyer Background Vocals
Jason Rebello Piano, fender rhodes
Lance Ellington Background Vocals
Katreese Barnes Background Vocals
Mary J. Blige Vocals
Chris Botti Trumpet
The Choir of Radio France Track Performer
Vinnie Colaiuta Drums
Clark Gayton Trombone
Manu Katché Drums
Kipper Keyboards, Vocals
Christian McBride Double Bass
Dominic Miller Guitar
Jacqueline Thomas Cello
Philip White Vocals
Vicente Amigo Flamenco Guitar
Lévon Minassian Darbouka
Donna Gardier Background Vocals
David Hartley Piano
Anoushka Shankar Sitar
Joy Rose Vocals, Background Vocals
Jeff Scott Young Hammond Organ
Aref Durvesh Tabla
Valerie Denys Castanets
Rhani Krija Percussion
Danny Dunlap Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Sting Composer, Producer
Chris Blair Mastering
Kipper Programming, Producer
Peter Mew Mastering
Philip White Choir Manager
Donal Hodgson Programming, Digital Editing
Simon Osborne Engineer
BT Producer
David Hartley Choir Arrangement
Dave Audé Producer, Remixing
Victor Calderone Producer
Jim Gable Video Director
Sanaa Hamri Video Director
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