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Synchronicity, by The Police: an Album Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Synchronicity

-Artist: The Police

-Release Year: 1983

-Album Length: 39:42 (44:18 cassette and CD editions)

-Genre: New Wave, Post-Punk

-How to Listen: Spotify (with subscription), Apple Music (with subscription), iTunes (for purchase), CD, or look for it at your local library

-Page of Reference in RP1: 63

Songs:

A Side:

  1. Synchronicity I
  2. Walking in Your Footsteps
  3. O My God
  4. Mother
  5. Miss Gradenko
  6. Synchronicity II

B Side:

  1. Every Breath You Take
  2. King of Pain
  3. Wrapped Around Your Finger
  4. Tea in the Sahara
  5. Murder by Numbers (bonus track on cassette and CD)

Review:

So, for me it is really the song Every Breath You Take on this album that seals the solid 4 I am rating it.

Because I love a good story behind a song.  And I love a good song that tells a story.

Here is where I think we start to hear less of The Police and more of Sting and his personal sound.  While he has always been the front man of the group it is really in the last two albums that his essence is starting to come through and what eventually came out in his solo career.

But it is the story that Sting has told on so many occasions that makes me laugh.  The song Every Breath You Take is one of the most notable and well-known songs that The Police ever performed.  The story in the song is that of a stalker.  A man stalking a woman…and singing about it.  It is creepy and eerie… and is an excellent song.  What is insane is that most people don’t listen to the lyrics. To the point that Sting has had MULTIPLE couples have told him that this song was “their song”. 

Creepy, and really concerning considering the content of the song…

Overall, this album feels the closest to where Sting began his solo career.  The music is a bit different than the previous albums but that isn’t a bad thing.  They seem to have left the Reggae behind and have come into more of a pop/rock sound.  It is really nice to hear the change in this album.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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