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Ten Summoner's Tales
     

Ten Summoner's Tales

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by Sting
 

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After two albums of muted, mature jazz-inflected pop, the last being an explicit album about death, Sting created his first unapologetically pop album since the Police with Ten Summoner's Tales. The title, a rather awkward pun on his given last name, is significant, since it emphasizes that this album is a

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After two albums of muted, mature jazz-inflected pop, the last being an explicit album about death, Sting created his first unapologetically pop album since the Police with Ten Summoner's Tales. The title, a rather awkward pun on his given last name, is significant, since it emphasizes that this album is a collection of songs, without any musical conceits or lyrical concepts tying it together. And, frankly, that's a bit of a relief after the oppressively somber The Soul Cages and the hushed though lovely, Nothing Like the Sun. Sting even loosens up enough to crack jokes, both clever (the winking litany of celebrity pains of "Epilogue [Nothing 'Bout Me]") and condescending (the sneeringly catchy cowboy tale "Love Is Stronger Than Justice [The Munificent Seven]"), and the result is his best solo record. In places, it's easily as pretentious as his earlier work, but that's undercut by writing that hasn't been this sharp and melodic since the Police, plus his most varied set of songs since Synchronicity. True, there isn't a preponderance of flat-out classics -- only the surging opener "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You," the understated swing of "It's Probably Me," and the peaceful ballad "Fields of Gold" rank as classics -- but, as an album, Ten Summoner's Tales is more consistently satisfying than anything else in his catalog.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/1993
Label:
A&M
UPC:
0731454007023
catalogNumber:
540070
Rank:
33639

Tracks

  1. If I Ever Lose My Faith in You  -  Sting
  2. Love Is Stronger Than Justice (The Munificent Seven)  -  Sting
  3. Fields of Gold  -  Sting
  4. Heavy Cloud (No Rain)  -  Sting
  5. She's Too Good for Me  -  Sting
  6. Seven Days  -  Sting
  7. Saint Augustine in Hell  -  Sting
  8. It's Probably Me  -  Sting
  9. Shape of My Heart  -  Sting
  10. Something the Boy Said  -  Sting
  11. Epilogue (Nothing 'Bout Me)  -  Sting

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sting   Primary Artist,Bass,Vocals
Kathryn Tickell   Fiddle,Northumbrian Smallpipes
Larry Adler   Harmonica,Chromatic Harmonica
David Sancious   Keyboards
John Barclay   Trumpet
Guy Barker   Trumpet
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums
Richard Edwards   Trombone
Paul Franklin   Pedal Steel Guitar
Dominic Miller   Guitar
Mark Nightingale   Trombone
Brendan Power   Harmonica,Chromatic Harmonica
Sian Bell   Cello
Dave Heath   Flute
Simon Fischer   Violin
James Boyd   Viola

Technical Credits

Sting   Producer
Hugh Padgham   Producer,Engineer
Martin Pradler   Engineer

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Ten Summoner's Tales 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When it comes to determining which album is Sting's best, the problem is that he does not make it easy. Clearly, however, this can be termed his ''masterpiece.'' I noted that one reviewer said the songs ''were easily learned'' and easy to sing along with. Actually, there are some very clever, but intricate, odd-time signature pieces included in this work. Sting's genius is that he has rendered them listenable in a way that disguises their unorthodox presentation, see: Seven Days, Munificent Seven, St. Augustine in Hell. Complex or not, he nonetheless delivers a message on every cut. This CD is flawless both musically and lyrically. Give him the gold!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a light-hearted way to see Sting. The songs are easily learned and a fun sing-along. I have always loved Sting and this is a great album for him.
Jonathan1989 More than 1 year ago
I love this album because this album is one of the best. In fact, my favorite song in this album is "Fields of Gold", man I love this song!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I like every song on this album.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago