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Sting|Ten Summoner's Tales

Ten Summoner's Tales

Sting

  • Released on 1993-03-09 by A&M
  • Main artist: Sting
  • Genre: Pop
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After two albums of muted, mature jazz-inflected pop, the last being an explicit album about death, Sting created his first unapologetically pop album since the Police with Ten Summoner's Tales. The title, a rather awkward pun on his given last name, is significant, since it emphasizes that this album is a collection of songs, without any musical conceits or lyrical concepts tying it together. And, frankly, that's a bit of a relief after the oppressively somber The Soul Cages and the hushed though lovely, Nothing Like the Sun. Sting even loosens up enough to crack jokes, both clever (the winking litany of celebrity pains of "Epilogue [Nothing 'Bout Me]") and condescending (the sneeringly catchy cowboy tale "Love Is Stronger Than Justice [The Munificent Seven]"), and the result is his best solo record. In places, it's easily as pretentious as his earlier work, but that's undercut by writing that hasn't been this sharp and melodic since the Police, plus his most varied set of songs since Synchronicity. True, there isn't a preponderance of flat-out classics -- only the surging opener "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You," the understated swing of "It's Probably Me," and the peaceful ballad "Fields of Gold" rank as classics -- but, as an album, Ten Summoner's Tales is more consistently satisfying than anything else in his catalog.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
If I Ever Lose My Faith In You
00:04:29

Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Love Is Stronger Than Justice (The Munificent Seven)
00:05:10

Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 A&M Records

3
Fields Of Gold
00:03:41

Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Heavy Cloud No Rain
00:03:46

Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 A&M Records

5
She's Too Good For Me
00:02:29

Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 A&M Records

6
Seven Days
00:04:38

Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Saint Augustine In Hell
00:05:18

Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 A&M Records

8
It's Probably Me
00:05:07

Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Eric Clapton, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Michael Kamen, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Everybody Laughed But You
00:03:54

Sting, Producer, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 A&M Records

10
Shape Of My Heart
00:04:39

Sting, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1993 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Something The Boy Said
00:05:28

Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 A&M Records

12
Epilogue (Nothing 'Bout Me)
00:03:41

Sting, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Hugh Padgham, Producer, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1993 A&M Records

Album Description

After two albums of muted, mature jazz-inflected pop, the last being an explicit album about death, Sting created his first unapologetically pop album since the Police with Ten Summoner's Tales. The title, a rather awkward pun on his given last name, is significant, since it emphasizes that this album is a collection of songs, without any musical conceits or lyrical concepts tying it together. And, frankly, that's a bit of a relief after the oppressively somber The Soul Cages and the hushed though lovely, Nothing Like the Sun. Sting even loosens up enough to crack jokes, both clever (the winking litany of celebrity pains of "Epilogue [Nothing 'Bout Me]") and condescending (the sneeringly catchy cowboy tale "Love Is Stronger Than Justice [The Munificent Seven]"), and the result is his best solo record. In places, it's easily as pretentious as his earlier work, but that's undercut by writing that hasn't been this sharp and melodic since the Police, plus his most varied set of songs since Synchronicity. True, there isn't a preponderance of flat-out classics -- only the surging opener "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You," the understated swing of "It's Probably Me," and the peaceful ballad "Fields of Gold" rank as classics -- but, as an album, Ten Summoner's Tales is more consistently satisfying than anything else in his catalog.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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