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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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Ghost in the Machine, by The Police: an Album Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Ghost in the Machine

-Artist: The Police

-Release Year: 1981

-Album Length: 41:03

-Genre: New Wave, Avant-Pop

-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. Spirits in the Material World
  2. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic
  3. Invisible Sun
  4. Hungry for you (J’aurais toujours faim de toi)
  5. Demolition Man

B Side:

  1. Too Much Information
  2. Rehumanize Yourself
  3. One World (Not Three)
  4. Omegaman
  5. Secret Journey
  6. Darkness

Review:

Even though I knew some of the songs on the earlier albums this one and Zenyatta Mondatta have some of the songs I recognize the most.  Spirits in the Material World and Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic are some of my favorites with One World (Not Three), Rehumanize Yourself, and Demolition Man are all songs that I know well.

I think these songs as well as the notable songs on Zenyatta Mondatta have the essential sound that I know so well as The Police.  While the Raggae Rock sound of the other songs on their albums is really apparent it is these songs that really create the solid “Police” sound that most people know.

Once again…the other songs on the album are fine…but its these big songs, the singles, the popular ones that are the songs that dictated the rating on this album in my opinion.

Rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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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

Songs:

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

Review:

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:

Rating: 4 out of 5.
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Reggatta de Blanc, by The Police: an Album Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Reggatta de Blanc

-Artist: The Police

-Release Year: 1979

-Album Length: 41:52

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

Songs:

A Side:

  1. Message in a Bottle
  2. Reggatta de Blanc
  3. It’s Alright for You
  4. Bring on the Night
  5. Deathwish

B Side:

  1. Walking on the Moon
  2. On Any Other Day
  3. The Bed’s Too Big Without You
  4. Contact
  5. Does Everyone Stare
  6. No Time This Time

Review:

Two of my favorite songs from The Police are on this album.  Message in a Bottle and Walking on the Moon. 

Like their first album this one is the essential sound of The Police.  I find it interesting that their sound never really changed through all their albums.  There is a core rhythm and style that doesn’t seem to change over the years.  Its kind of impressive that they found their sound so early on.  And it is quite distinctive. 

But I do really just like the songs that got the radio time.  The ones that most people over 30 know…the ones a lot of us grew up with.  Otherwise the rest of the album is just fine. 

Rating:

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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Outlandos d’Amor, by The Police: an Album Review

General Information:

-Album Title: Outlandos d’Amor

-Artist: The Police

-Release Year: 1978

-Album Length: 38:14

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

Songs:

A Side:

  1. Next to You
  2. So Lonely
  3. Roxanne
  4. Hole in My Life
  5. Peanuts

B Side:

  1. Can’t Stand Losing You
  2. Truth Hits Everybody
  3. Born in the ‘50s
  4. Be My Girl – Sally
  5. Masoko Tanga

Review:

Ah The Police.  I grew up with this band as well as Sting being played in my house frequently.

I was surprised listening through this album that one of their most famous songs, and a personal favorite of theirs, was on their debut album: Roxanne.

Other than that, the album is ok. Nothing spectacular to me but also not something I disliked listening to.   It’s a pretty solid album that feels like The Police to me.  I’ve found this isn’t always the case when it comes to the music I’m familiar with and the early albums of that band.  But this debut album is a pretty good view of their sound and their lyrics.

Honestly, other than Roxanne I can’t really pick out any of the other songs that I really liked or that were distinctive.  They all kind of blend together in a way where if you are not paying attention to the change in title it sounds like it could almost be a cohesive song without much change overall.

Like I said.  It’s a fine debut album, but nothing earth shattering.

Rating:

Rating: 3 out of 5.