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"The Soul Cages"
© A&M Records
Year of Release: 1991
Island Of Souls
All This Time
Mad About You
Jeremiah Blues (Part 1)
Why Should I Cry For You
Saint Agnes AndThe 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
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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