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Outlandos D'Amour

An album by The Police

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Like The Energy

  • Nov 1, 2003
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+4
It certainly is quite interesting the follow the evolution of Sting. Today he dabbles in jazz and world music with a touch of rock n roll. Many eclectic flavorings exist in his music today.

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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review by . May 08, 2004
posted in Music Matters
I was introduced to The Police the same way that most everyone was: through their later work, namely "Every Breath You Take" and "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic". When I was in fifth grade, having heard a few of their songs, I purchased their first album: OUTLANDOS D'AMOUR. I did not like it.    Gone was the dreamy lyrics and vocals by Sting. Gone was the distinctive guitar work by Andy Summers. Gone was the unpredictable drumming of Stewart Copeland. This sounded like …
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Outlandos D'Amouris a product of the late-'70s British punk scene, but the Police were never really punks. The album lacks the class-conscious awareness that fueled earlyClashalbums or the angry, antimusical nihilism of theSex Pistols. The material, although constructed with guitar, bass, and drums, often at tempos that would never be matched in their later studio recordings, stands apart. Andy Summers' guitar textures are here more traditional and without their later ethereal quality, but his chord choices on "Roxanne," for example, or his expansive solo lines on "So Lonely" would have baffled most of the burgeoning punk guitar school. So, too, would Stewart Copeland's drumming, enriched as it is by a multinational upbringing and stage experience in the last gasps of the progressive-rock movement. The rhythms of reggae are woven into the music and Sting's vocals pay conscious tribute toBob Marley. The songs are mostly about love, or a lack of personal connection, and are frequently obsessive; the hits alone are worth the price of the album.--Al Massa
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Label: A&M
Artist: The Police
Release Date: October 25, 1990

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