Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Review: Sting Returns With ‘The Bridge’ Above Troubled Water

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Sting’s new album is aptly named “The Bridge” – we need it. There is water in almost every song.

In the first song it is swift, in the other it is rain, in the third it is a cold gray sea. Water in a glass, which the dried-up singer asks for in the second song, and in the fog – in the seventh. The title track tells of an overflowing river and flooded fields.

The Bridge is a dark and varied collection in a laid-back time, with references to Scripture, ancient allegories and evil characters. This is a strong album from a singer-songwriter who sees warning signs ahead. “This is my lonely mission / To awaken the world to its fate,” sings Sting.

Standing apart is the first single, “If It’s Love,” an insanely hilarious melody with a happy whistle, a Broadway-style song sung with a smile that seems to surprise even the singer who created it (“I have a hard time finding a reason, Sting admits).

Elsewhere – fear and constant threat. One of Sting’s homeless characters wakes up in the bed of a married woman in The Bells of St. Thomas and dryly celebrates “The Last Days of Our Judgment.”

In the Celtic song “Hills on the Border,” an evil spirit seduces the traveler, and the husband confronts the cheating spouse in the dark, synthetically saturated song “Loving You,” singing “I pray for forgiveness / pouring rain.” on you and me. “

Re-listening reveals connections between songs. The terrified “Rushing Water” refers to the Book of Numbers, which is the title of the third song. The hammer on the head is repeated in Running Water and The Bells of St. Thomas.

And, of course, water is everywhere. Even the bonus tracks are saturated with it: the traditional “Waters of Tyne” and a cover of “(Sittin ‘on) The Dock of the Bay”. This is an album where you can raise a glass – with anything but water – and cheer up.


Mark Kennedy is in

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