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The Bridge (Deluxe)

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When you have a musical career as long and as successful as Sting's, it becomes easy for the listener to hear each new album in the context of previous projects. In truth, The Bridge is a great testament to the English singer/songwriter's gift for bringing his diverse influences to bear in a rich and very personal record that rewards repeat listening. This new album is a reflection on a world in transition and the need for a metaphorical bridge to a better state of humanity, so the work is rife with images of water, peril, and crossings to safety and fulfillment.

The Bridge was created in Sting's home studio during the pandemic, with guest artists making significant contributions remotely, such as long-time collaborator Dominic Miller's beautiful, chiming guitar work on the haunting "The Bells of St. Thomas," and drummer extraordinaire Manu Katché's jazz-funk backbeat on "Captain Bateman's Basement." There are elements that might have you thinking of past highlights in Sting's oeuvre, such as Branford Marsalis' unmistakable sax on "Harmony," or the beautiful acoustic guitar on "For Her Love" that the English musician utilizes so well in his heartfelt ballads. In songs like "Rushing Water," his songcraft and arranging genius reflects the less-is-more approach that was prevalent in so many of his hits with The Police, while "If It's Love" has the warmth and breeziness of songs from his album Sacred Love.

More examples of Sting's creative diversity on The Bridge include "The Hills on the Border," a folk-inspired tune that would not be out of place in his musical The Last Ship, and the Celtic violins on "Captain Bateman." We all need to seek the higher ground at one time or another, and in The Bridge, one of this generation's best singer/songwriters has engineered a structure as solid, as thoughtful, and ultimately as compelling as any he has created before. © Rick Banales/Qobuz

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1
Rushing Water
00:03:17

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer, Organ, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gavin Brown, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Josh Freese, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, Producer, Vocals, Bass, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Orton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Gene Noble, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Renaudin, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 A&M Records

2
If It's Love
00:03:14

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer, String Arranger, Guitar, Keyboards, Organ, Piano, Synth Bass, Drum Programming, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer - Josh Freese, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Shaggy, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, Producer, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals, Synthesizer, Clapping, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Orton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Donal Hodgson, AssociatedPerformer, Electronic Percussion - Gene Noble, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Melissa Musique, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 A&M Records

3
The Book of Numbers
00:03:18

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer, Organ, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Gene Grimaldi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sting, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Fretless Bass, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Orton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Donal Hodgson, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Gene Noble, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Melissa Musique, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 A&M Records

4
Loving You
00:04:24

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer - Gene Grimaldi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sting, Producer, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Orton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Maya Jane Coles, Producer, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gene Noble, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Melissa Musique, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 A&M Records

5
Harmony Road
00:03:18

Branford Marsalis, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer, Keyboards, Percussion, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Josh Freese, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gene Grimaldi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sting, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Orton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 A&M Records

6
For Her Love
00:03:45

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer, Keyboards, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Gene Grimaldi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sting, Producer, Vocals, Bass, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Orton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jo Lawry, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Gene Noble, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Melissa Musique, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 A&M Records

7
The Hills on the Border
00:04:16

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Gene Grimaldi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sting, Producer, Vocals, Synthesizer, Fretless Bass, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Orton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Donal Hodgson, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Tickell, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Julian Sutton, Mellotron, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Renaudin, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 A&M Records

8
Captain Bateman
00:04:14

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer, Keyboards, Synth Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Gene Grimaldi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sting, Producer, Guitar, Piano, Vocals, Synthesizer, Fretless Bass, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Orton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Donal Hodgson, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Jo Lawry, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Peter Tickell, Fiddle, AssociatedPerformer - Laila Biali, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 A&M Records

9
The Bells of St. Thomas
00:04:08

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer - Gene Grimaldi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sting, Producer, Double Bass, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Orton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Lake, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Renaudin, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 A&M Records

10
The Bridge
00:02:33

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer - Gene Grimaldi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sting, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - DOMINIC MILLER, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Orton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 A&M Records

11
Waters of Tyne
00:02:10

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer - Gene Grimaldi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sting, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Orton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 A&M Records

12
Captain Bateman's Basement
00:03:41

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer, Keyboards, Synth Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Gene Grimaldi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sting, Producer, Vocals, Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Robert Orton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 A&M Records

13
(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay
00:02:54

Martin Kierszenbaum, Producer, Organ, Percussion, Piano, Synthesizer, Drum Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Otis Redding, ComposerLyricist - Steve Cropper, ComposerLyricist - Gene Grimaldi, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Sting, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Orton, Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2021 A&M Records

Album review

When you have a musical career as long and as successful as Sting's, it becomes easy for the listener to hear each new album in the context of previous projects. In truth, The Bridge is a great testament to the English singer/songwriter's gift for bringing his diverse influences to bear in a rich and very personal record that rewards repeat listening. This new album is a reflection on a world in transition and the need for a metaphorical bridge to a better state of humanity, so the work is rife with images of water, peril, and crossings to safety and fulfillment.

The Bridge was created in Sting's home studio during the pandemic, with guest artists making significant contributions remotely, such as long-time collaborator Dominic Miller's beautiful, chiming guitar work on the haunting "The Bells of St. Thomas," and drummer extraordinaire Manu Katché's jazz-funk backbeat on "Captain Bateman's Basement." There are elements that might have you thinking of past highlights in Sting's oeuvre, such as Branford Marsalis' unmistakable sax on "Harmony," or the beautiful acoustic guitar on "For Her Love" that the English musician utilizes so well in his heartfelt ballads. In songs like "Rushing Water," his songcraft and arranging genius reflects the less-is-more approach that was prevalent in so many of his hits with The Police, while "If It's Love" has the warmth and breeziness of songs from his album Sacred Love.

More examples of Sting's creative diversity on The Bridge include "The Hills on the Border," a folk-inspired tune that would not be out of place in his musical The Last Ship, and the Celtic violins on "Captain Bateman." We all need to seek the higher ground at one time or another, and in The Bridge, one of this generation's best singer/songwriters has engineered a structure as solid, as thoughtful, and ultimately as compelling as any he has created before. © Rick Banales/Qobuz

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