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Sting begins each day with a swim. “A religious morning ritual for me,” is how he describes it. “It’s hydrotherapy.”

“There’s a whole lot of water flowing through this album,” he says about the 14 brand new songs that form the body of work he’s christened The Bridge. “All of the songs on the album are bridged by people being between worlds,” the musician continues.

Here, then, is another bridge: as well as pushing elegantly forward, this is an album that intriguingly stretches backwards, showcasing the many different stages and genres through which Sting has journeyed in an unparalleled career. The Bridge feels like a greatest hits, but one where all the songs are brand new. A record that is at once modern and upbeat but rooted in Sting’s lifelong musical and lyrical passions. As he puts it: “These songs are between one place and another, between one state of mind and another, between life and death, between relationships. Between pandemics, and between eras – politically, socially and psychologically, all of us are in the middle of something. We need a bridge.”

Sting recorded the album over the last year with a coterie of trusted musicians beaming into his studio remotely. That easy sense of musical camaraderie, connection and kinship is on full display in the lead single ‘If It’s Love’, an unabashed pop song lent wings by a whistled refrain, joyful handclaps, and uplifting brass and strings. The urgently staccato, electric guitar-driven ‘Rushing Water’ soars with Sting’s trademark melodic invention and vivid imagery. The decidedly romantic ‘For Her Love’ is a delicate pledge that harkens back to some of Sting’s classic ballads.

Firstly, in March 2020, Sting needed a bridge home. Like the rest of us, the onrushing pandemic necessitated a pause; a retreat to heart and hearth.

“I’ve been travelling the world for years,” Sting says, “so the idea of being in one place for a few months, in the same bed, was strange to me. So, I had to get used to it. And if I’m ever stuck in one place, I sit with my guitar and escape into my head.”

International lockdowns, he continues “allowed me to go into my work. I have a studio, so I would still go to work every day. But I didn’t know when this pandemic would end, whether I’d ever go back on tour again. So, my entire life was now in the studio.”

Track Listing

SIDE A:

  1. Rushing Water
  2. If It’s Love
  3. The Book of Numbers
  4. Loving You
  5. Harmony Road

SIDE B:

  1. For Her Love
  2. The Hills on the Border
  3. Captain Bateman
  4. The Bells of St. Thomas
  5. The Bridge
Artist:
Sting

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Zavvi - The Home of Pop Culture

Sting begins each day with a swim. “A religious morning ritual for me,” is how he describes it. “It’s hydrotherapy.”

“There’s a whole lot of water flowing through this album,” he says about the 14 brand new songs that form the body of work he’s christened The Bridge. “All of the songs on the album are bridged by people being between worlds,” the musician continues.

Here, then, is another bridge: as well as pushing elegantly forward, this is an album that intriguingly stretches backwards, showcasing the many different stages and genres through which Sting has journeyed in an unparalleled career. The Bridge feels like a greatest hits, but one where all the songs are brand new. A record that is at once modern and upbeat but rooted in Sting’s lifelong musical and lyrical passions. As he puts it: “These songs are between one place and another, between one state of mind and another, between life and death, between relationships. Between pandemics, and between eras – politically, socially and psychologically, all of us are in the middle of something. We need a bridge.”

Sting recorded the album over the last year with a coterie of trusted musicians beaming into his studio remotely. That easy sense of musical camaraderie, connection and kinship is on full display in the lead single ‘If It’s Love’, an unabashed pop song lent wings by a whistled refrain, joyful handclaps, and uplifting brass and strings. The urgently staccato, electric guitar-driven ‘Rushing Water’ soars with Sting’s trademark melodic invention and vivid imagery. The decidedly romantic ‘For Her Love’ is a delicate pledge that harkens back to some of Sting’s classic ballads.

Firstly, in March 2020, Sting needed a bridge home. Like the rest of us, the onrushing pandemic necessitated a pause; a retreat to heart and hearth.

“I’ve been travelling the world for years,” Sting says, “so the idea of being in one place for a few months, in the same bed, was strange to me. So, I had to get used to it. And if I’m ever stuck in one place, I sit with my guitar and escape into my head.”

International lockdowns, he continues “allowed me to go into my work. I have a studio, so I would still go to work every day. But I didn’t know when this pandemic would end, whether I’d ever go back on tour again. So, my entire life was now in the studio.”

Track Listing

SIDE A:

  1. Rushing Water
  2. If It’s Love
  3. The Book of Numbers
  4. Loving You
  5. Harmony Road

SIDE B:

  1. For Her Love
  2. The Hills on the Border
  3. Captain Bateman
  4. The Bells of St. Thomas
  5. The Bridge
Artist:
Sting
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