Sting has never been one to shy away from rhythms of the world—or of the dancefloor, for that matter.
Sting has never been one to shy away from rhythms of the world—or of the dancefloor, for that matter. His previous studio recording, "Brand New Day," spawned a global crossover hit with the exhilarating "Desert Rose." Here, Sting continues to embrace a variety of sonic landscapes. The buoyant "Send Your Love" spotlights the flamenco guitar work of Vicente Amigo and the dancefloor knowledge of DJ Victor Calderone. "The Book of My Life," a brooding ballad, opens with Anoushka Shankar's dreamy sitar, while dance/electronic pioneer BT injects "Never Coming Home" with trance-hued colorings. Indeed, there are numerous high points on this heartfelt and soulful disc, but the spiritual "Dead Man's Rope" and Mary J. Blige duet ("Whenever I Say Your Name") are extra-special. Throughout, Sting's own sacred love remains intact. In Sting's world, love —and all that it encompasses—is all that matters.—MP