- If I Ever Lose My Faith in You
- Love Is Stronger Than Justice (The Munificent Seven)
- Fields of Gold
- Heavy Cloud (No Rain)
- She's Too Good for Me
- Seven Days
- Saint Augustine in Hell
- It's Probably Me
- Shape of My Heart
- Something the Boy Said
- Epilogue (Nothing 'Bout Me)
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.
Performance CreditsSting 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 CreditsSting Producer
Hugh Padgham Producer,Engineer
Martin Pradler Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Ten Summoner's Tales based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
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!
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.
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!
I like every song on this album.