Sting – The Soul Cages [Expanded Edition] (2021)

Posted by Green on January 15, 2021
in pop, rock

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Emboldened by the enthusiastic response to the muted Nothing Like the Sun and reeling from the loss of his parents, Sting constructed The Soul Cages as a hushed mediation on mortality, loss, grief, and father/son relationships (the album is dedicated, in part, to his father; its predecessor was dedicated to his mother). Using the same basic band as Nothing Like the Sun, the album has the same supple, luxurious tone, stretching out leisurely over nine tracks, almost all of them layered mid-tempo tunes (the exception being grinding guitars of the title track). Within this setting, Sting hits a few remarkable peaks, such as the elegant waltz “Mad About You” and “All This Time,” a deceptively skipping pop tune that hides a moving tribute to his father. If the entirety of The Soul Cages was as nimbly melodic and urgently emotional as these two cuts, it would have been a quiet masterpiece. Instead, it turns inward not just lyrically, but musically and plays as a diary entry, perhaps interesting to those willing to spend hours immersing themselves within Sting’s loss, finding parallels within their own life. This may be too much effort for anyone outside of the devoted, since apart from those two singles (and perhaps “Why Should I Cry for You”), there are few entry points into The Soul Cages and, once you get in there, it only rewards if your emotional state mirrors Sting’s.


01. Sting – Island Of Souls
02. Sting – All This Time
03. Sting – Mad About You
04. Sting – Jeremiah Blues (Part 1)
05. Sting – Why Should I Cry For You_ (Radio Mix)
06. Sting – Saint Agnes And The Burning Train
07. Sting – The Wild Wild Sea
08. Sting – The Soul Cages
09. Sting – When The Angels Fall
10. Sting – I Miss You Kate
11. Sting – Come Down In Time
12. Sting – Tempted (Live)
13. Sting – Ne Me Quitte Pas (Live)
14. Sting – Oo La La Hugh
15. Sting – Mad About You (Original Remix)
16. Sting – Mad About You (Remix Edit)
17. Sting – Mad About You (12_ Remix)
18. Sting – Mad About You (Italian Version)
19. Sting – Why Should I Cry For You? (Spanish Version)
20. Sting – Why Should I Cry For You? (Extended Mix)
21. Sting – The Soul Cages (Edit)
22. Sting – All This Time (Edit)

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