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"The Soul Cages"

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Year of Release: 1991

track listing
  • Island Of Souls
  • All This Time
  • Mad About You
  • Jeremiah Blues (Part 1)
  • Why Should I Cry For You
  • Saint Agnes And
    The Burning Train
  • The Wild Wild Sea
  • The Soul Cages
  • When The Angels Fall

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    "The Soul Cages"

    In the years when Sting, Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland (known as The Police), their music defined the music of new wave and punk meets pop. When The Police departed, no one would think that frontman Sting would change his musical style as a solo artist. Most would think that he would continue in the style of new wave pop/punk.

    The solo albums by Sting does not define this type of music as his former band made famous. Instead, his solo projects features new age jazz. And quite frankly, his solo accomplishments are truly outstanding, and proves his solo career can be judged as better than when he was with The Police.

    1991's The Soul Cages is an album that features music of new age jazz and pop-rock. "Island Of Souls" starts out as a true new age jazz tune, in its pleasant, slow style, where "All This Time" is more of a pop-oriented song, that did receive quite a bit of radio airplay. "Mad About You" returns the new age jazz style, and "Jeremiah Blues (Part 1)" is an upbeat pop-rock song that does have the touch of the new age jazz accompaniment, featuring sax and piano. "Why Should I Cry For You", like "Island Of Souls", is another pleasant, slow-paced song.

    A beautiful Spanish-guitar instrumental, "Saint Agnes And The Burning Train", is truly elegant to listen to. It's almost as if it would be a good track for an Italian movie, like The Godfather. "The Wild Wild Sea" is a bit moody from the other jazz-inspired tunes. The title track, "The Soul Cages" has a bit of a more harder-edged rock beat. The album closes with "When The Angels Fall"; it has a slow, new age jazz sound where these styled-songs are considered to be the best in Sting's solo works.

    Despite the lyrics of most of the songs featured on The Soul Cages are of a darker mood atmosphere, it was due to the fact that Sting's father had recently passed away. In fact, the album released previous to The Soul Cages, ...Nothing Like The Sun was dedicated to Sting's mother, who had passed away shortly after its release. For many Sting fans, any of the post-Police albums defines a different sound. The slow, new age jazz songs truly stand out as the best compositions from this album, likewise the same from his albums released previous and after The Soul Cages. The new age jazz lover will enjoy this album. Even though some of Sting's solo albums are better than his others, his solo albums as a whole is different and better than The Police albums, proving the fact that a rock artist can close the door on one particular sound, and open another door in another direction in style and song.

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