However, on the debut Police recording it is all about energy. Just listen to the opening song Next To You. Boy does it drive and rock. So Lonely, Roxanne, Born In The Fifties, and Can't Stand Losing You also have heavy new wave rock influences. Stuart Copeland really lets loose on the drums on these tracks.
There are some curious dynamics on other tracks. Whereas Peanuts rocks at a fast pace, there is a jazz/klezmer like saxophone solo which is quite captivating. Amazing how this little embellishment acted as forerunner to Sting's growing jazz interest. Masoko Tanga is another captivating track that shows the band's growing interest in reggae music. The lyrics to this song are undecipherable at least to the average English speaking fan. Somehow though they fit in with the eclectic nature of the song.
Whereas I am not the biggest fan of either The Police or Sting, I have the rate this debut release quite high on my list. The good energy and ability to experiment make it a quality listen.
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