44/876

44/876

by Sting, Shaggy

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Overview

Sting spent the entirety of his career studiously avoiding the appearance of having a good time, which is why his 2018 collaboration with reggae star Shaggy seemed so odd: at the age of 66, the rock star decided it was finally time to crack a smile. 44/876 -- a collaboration named after the phone codes for their respective home countries -- is most certainly a party record, albeit one that cooks at a low simmer as it swings between fleet-footed reggae sunsplash tunes and mellow grooves. If Sting seems subservient to Shaggy, that makes sense. Shaggy specializes in doing one thing well, while Sting took it as a point of pride that he could do anything from jazz to symphonies. While 44/876 has a few AAA moments -- "Waiting for the Break of Day" could've slid onto 2016's 57th & 9th without any incident, "22nd Street" oddly evokes memories of slick yacht-soul -- it's firmly a modern reggae album filtered through the perspective of a pop star who knows how to spin this music into something appealing to a wider audience. Consequently, 44/876 can have its cutesy moments -- such as the rampant Lewis Carroll references in "Just One Lifetime" -- and it also puts a slick gloss over every element of its reggae, but this suits a collaboration that's fueled in part by the showbiz status of the two participants. Shaggy and Sting might not first appear to be an ideal match, but they're both rooted in reggae and are both international stars, so they share a vernacular that helps turn 44/876 into a surprisingly enjoyable pan-international pop album.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/20/2018
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602567473824
catalogNumber: 002817602
Rank: 6288

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sting   Primary Artist,Bass,Background Vocals,Bas Dessus
Shaggy   Primary Artist
Andy Bassford   Guitar
Clark Gayton   Trombone
Morgan Heritage   Background Vocals
Branford Marsalis   Saxophone
Dominic Miller   Guitar
Dave Richards   Bass
Robbie Shakespeare   Bass
Robert Stringer   Horn
Steven "Lenky" Marsden   Keyboards
Sting International   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Sounds,Bas Dessus
Teflon   Drums,Keyboards
Martin Kierszenbaum   Organ,Synthesizer,Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Clavichord,Drums,Keyboards,fender rhodes,Sounds
Karl Wright   Drums
Robert Orton   Synthesizer,Percussion
Glenn Rogers   Guitar
Zach Jones   Drums,Background Vocals
Kameron Corvet   Guitar
I Blame Coco   Vocals
Dwayne Shippy   Bass,Guitar,Percussion,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Sounds
Geoffrey Keezer   Piano
Heather Kierszenbaum   Sounds
Robert Dubwise   Guitar
Gene Noble   Background Vocals
Melissa Musique   Background Vocals
Shane Hoosong   Percussion,Drums,Keyboards,Sounds
Maggie Buckley   Flute,Saxophone
Kamari Martin   Background Vocals
David Barnes   Horn
Zachary Lucas   Horn
Machine Gun Funk   Drums,Keyboards
Joan Campbell   Actor
Joel Gonzalez   Horn

Technical Credits

Sting   Composer,Producer
Andy Bassford   Composer
Dominic Miller   Composer
Danny Quatrochi   Guitar Techician
Sting International   Producer,Engineer,Instrumentation
Teflon   Producer
Martin Kierszenbaum   Composer,Producer,Executive Producer,Additional Production,Back Cover Photo
Sheldon Harris   Composer
Orville Burrell   Composer
Liam Ward   Art Direction
Shaun Darson   Drum Fills
Robert Orton   Engineer
Kameron Corvet   Producer
Salvador Ochoa   Cover Photo
Kennard Garrett   Composer,Producer
I Blame Coco   Composer
Andre Fennell   Composer
Dwayne Shippy   Composer,Producer,String Arrangements,Instrumentation,Additional Production
Shaun Pizzonia   Composer
Kameron Jones   Composer
Sheldon Lawrence   Composer
Tony Lake   Engineer
Ashante Reid   Composer
Shane Hoosong   Composer,Producer,Additional Production
Rohan Rankine   Composer
Daudi Henderson   Composer
Machine Gun Funk   Producer

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