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Sting|Brand New Day

Brand New Day

Sting

  • Released on 01/01/1999 by A&M
  • Main artist: Sting
  • Genre: Pop
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By the late '90s, Sting had reached a point where he didn't have to prove his worth every time out; he had so ingrained himself in pop culture, he really had the freedom to do whatever he wanted. He had that attitude on Mercury Falling, but it was too somber and serious, everything that its successor, Brand New Day, is not. Light, even effervescent, Brand New Day feels like little else in Sting's catalog. Not that it represents a new beginning, contrary to what the title may promise. The album is not only firmly within his tradition, it sounds out of time -- it's odd how close Brand New Day comes to feeling like a sequel to Nothing Like the Sun. Musically, that is. The sparkling, meticulous production and the very tone of the music -- ranging from light funk to mellow ballads to the Lyle Lovett tribute "Fill Her Up" -- are of a piece with Sting's late-'80s work. That's the main thing separating it from Ten Summoner's Tales, his other straight pop album -- well, that, and the levity. There are no overarching themes, no political messages on Brand New Day -- only love songs, story songs, and, for lack of a better term, inspirational exhortations. This is all a good thing, since by keeping things light he's managed to craft an appealing, engaging record. It may not ask as much from its audience as Sting's other '90s efforts, but it's immediately enjoyable, which isn't the case for its cousins. Brand New Day doesn't boast any new classics, and it does sound a little dated, but it's well-crafted, melodic, and has a good sense of humor -- exactly the kind of record Sting should be making as he embarks on the third decade of his career.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
A Thousand Years (Album Version)
00:05:59

Kipper, Producer - Gavyn Wright, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - London Session Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Eldridge, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sumner, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Hartley, Video Musical Director - Joe Sumner, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Kipper Eldridge, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1999 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Desert Rose (Album Version)
00:04:45

Kipper, Producer - Gavyn Wright, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - London Session Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Eldridge, Keyboards, Drum Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Botti, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sumner, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Hartley, Sitar, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Cheb Mami, Vocalist, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Mino Cinelu, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Farhat Bouallagui, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Sameh Catalan, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Moulay Ahmed, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Kouider Berkan, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Salem Bnouni, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Ettamri Mustapha, Sitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Big Lie Small World (Album Version)
00:05:05

Kipper, Producer - Gavyn Wright, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - London Session Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Eldridge, Keyboards, Drum Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Botti, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sumner, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Hartley, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 A&M Records

4
After The Rain Has Fallen (Album Version)
00:05:03

Kipper, Producer - Gavyn Wright, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - London Session Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Eldridge, Keyboards, Drum Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Botti, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Hartley, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 A&M Records

5
Perfect Love...Gone Wrong (Album Version)
00:05:24

Kipper, Producer - Janice Pendarvis, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Rebello, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ken Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Darryl Tookes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Eldridge, Keyboards, Drum Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Collins, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Botti, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Tawatha Agee, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sumner, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Vaneese Thomas, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marlon Saunders, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Althea Rodgers, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 A&M Records

6
Tomorrow We'll See (Album Version)
00:04:47

Branford Marsalis, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Kipper, Producer - Gavyn Wright, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - London Session Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Eldridge, Keyboards, Drum Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sumner, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Hartley, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Mino Cinelu, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 A&M Records

7
Prelude To The End Of The Game (Album Version)
00:00:20

Kipper, Producer - Gavyn Wright, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - London Session Orchestra, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Eldridge, Keyboards, Drum Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Chris Botti, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, Producer, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Hartley, Orchestra/Member, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 A&M Records

8
Fill Her Up (Album Version)
00:05:39

Kipper, Producer - Janice Pendarvis, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Jason Rebello, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Ken Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Darryl Tookes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Eldridge, Keyboards, Drum Programmer, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Collins, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES TAYLOR, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tawatha Agee, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sumner, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - B.J. Cole, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Hartley, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Vaneese Thomas, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marlon Saunders, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Althea Rodgers, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 A&M Records

9
Ghost Story (Album Version)
00:05:29

Kipper, Producer - Marc Eldridge, Keyboards, Drum Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sumner, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Percussion, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - B.J. Cole, Steel Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Sumner, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mino Cinelu, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Brand New Day (Album Version)
00:06:19

Kipper, Producer - Janice Pendarvis, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Don Blackman, Hammond Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Ken Williams, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Darryl Tookes, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marc Eldridge, Keyboards, Drum Programmer, AssociatedPerformer - Dennis Collins, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tawatha Agee, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Stevie Wonder, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Gordon Sumner, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Vaneese Thomas, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Marlon Saunders, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Althea Rodgers, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1999 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

By the late '90s, Sting had reached a point where he didn't have to prove his worth every time out; he had so ingrained himself in pop culture, he really had the freedom to do whatever he wanted. He had that attitude on Mercury Falling, but it was too somber and serious, everything that its successor, Brand New Day, is not. Light, even effervescent, Brand New Day feels like little else in Sting's catalog. Not that it represents a new beginning, contrary to what the title may promise. The album is not only firmly within his tradition, it sounds out of time -- it's odd how close Brand New Day comes to feeling like a sequel to Nothing Like the Sun. Musically, that is. The sparkling, meticulous production and the very tone of the music -- ranging from light funk to mellow ballads to the Lyle Lovett tribute "Fill Her Up" -- are of a piece with Sting's late-'80s work. That's the main thing separating it from Ten Summoner's Tales, his other straight pop album -- well, that, and the levity. There are no overarching themes, no political messages on Brand New Day -- only love songs, story songs, and, for lack of a better term, inspirational exhortations. This is all a good thing, since by keeping things light he's managed to craft an appealing, engaging record. It may not ask as much from its audience as Sting's other '90s efforts, but it's immediately enjoyable, which isn't the case for its cousins. Brand New Day doesn't boast any new classics, and it does sound a little dated, but it's well-crafted, melodic, and has a good sense of humor -- exactly the kind of record Sting should be making as he embarks on the third decade of his career.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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