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Zenyatta Mondatta, by The Police: an Album Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Zenyatta Mondatta

-Artist: The Police

-Release Year: 1980

-Album Length: 38:16

-Genre: New Wave, Post-Punk, Reggae Rock

-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


A Side:

  1. Don’t Stand So Close to Me
  2. Driven to Tears
  3. When the World is Running Down, You Make the Best of What’s Still Around
  4. Canary in a Coalmine
  5. Voices Inside My Head
  6. Bombs Away

B Side:

  1. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
  2. Behind My Camel
  3. Man in a Suitcase
  4. Shadows in the Rain
  5. The Other Way of Stopping


I think this is the album that I knew the most of going into this project.

Songs like Don’t Stand So Close to Me, Canary in a Coalmine, De Do Do Do De Da Da Da and Shadows in the Rain were all played frequently in my house and are ones that I grew up hearing.

I love the lyrics to these songs because they tell stories.  They aren’t always stories about happy things, but The Police do a wonderful job with telling the stories they want to tell.  In the case of Don’t Stand so Close to Me (which is probably one of their most recognizable songs) talks about a teacher-student relationship…and the teacher trying to stay away from it…or are they?

Musical lyrics like this are always something I find intriguing.  I’m more likely to enjoy a song if there is truly as story being told.

This is the case with this album.  The songs that I know have definitely raised its rating.  Like all of their other albums, the songs that didn’t become well known are just fine.  Not spectacular but fine.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

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