In the final analysis, the correct ranking of Sting’s solo albums is:
- The Soul Cages (1991)
- Ten Summoner’s Tales (1993)
- The Dream Of The Blue Turtles (1985)
- Nothing Like The Sun (1987)
- Sacred Love (2003)
- Mercury Falling (1996)
- Brand New Day (1999)
1 is a great album. I’ll always love that album.
2-4 are really good albums.
5-7 are shameful shitfests that I wouldn’t recommend to a snail.
The Police (along with Dire Straits and Icehouse) were among the first bands I got into when I was first introduced to pop/rock music when I was 8 years old. It’s great that I still listen to those bands now and enjoy them.
I always listened to The Police but never heard any of Sting’s solo stuff for a long time. That changed when my cousin spent a term at my high school as a student teacher in 1994. We became quite close during this time and she would come over to my house after school every Tuesday night and watch this new show called ‘Seinfeld’ that, literally, nobody else I knew had even seen but we thought was hilarious. How weird to think that little show we used to watch ended up being ‘Seinfeld.’ We’d also talk about the JFK assassination. A lot.
Anyway, I went to see Sting in concert with her and her future-husband during that time and she leant me her ‘Dream Of The Blue Turtles’ CD and her ‘Bring On The Night’ VHS. Over the next little while I purchased the other three albums and really liked all of them.
I remember she told me not to bother with ‘The Soul Cages’ because it was really boring. I only ended up buying it because I found it and ‘Nothing Like The Sun’ in a 2-for-$10 pack. And it turned out to be my favourite Sting album.
Sting never made any actual rock music post-The Police. And that’s a shame. But I still like Sting’s solo music. It was never cool and I always knew it was never cool, even when I was at an age where things being cool or not being cool actually mattered. I just always liked it.