It is with the albums of duets of today’s pop stars like the notebooks of young girls of yesteryear: the more prestigious names the list is adorned, the greater the popularity. Sting, to see the list of prestigious guests with whom he agreed has nothing to envy the queens of the evenings of yesteryear. The former leader of The Police brings together, in his album Duets (A & M Records / Polydor), 17 recent or older duets with an international and shimmering gotha of stars.
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Melody Gardot opens the party with Little something, whispered fantasy from his album Sunset in the Blue, released at the end of 2020.
Then, striding through thirty years of artistic life, Gordon Sumner, better known under the name of Sting, revisits his solo career.
A soul duo with Mary J. Blidge inspired by a prelude by Bach
Four titles stand out : the sensual and enigmatic Stolen Car, with Mylène Farmer; It’s Probably Me, nervous tube written and sung with Eric Clapton in two intense voices; the trance of Desert Rose with Cheb Mami to vibrato; and the soulful groove shared with the American Mary J. Blidge on Whenever I Say Your Name, amorous prayer inspired by a prelude by Bach.
By sharing the mic, Sting adapts: reggae with Shaggy, rock with Annie Lennox of Eurythmics, rough with Zucchero, gospel with Sam Moore, jazz with Herbie Hancock on the eternal My Funny Valentine…
From Paris to New York, from Aznavour to Shirazee
This friend of France (he composed Roxanne in Paris!), offers a dialogue with Gims, syncopated and pop, Rest. Admirer of Charles Aznavour, he agreed with him in 2009 to record Love is like a day, in French with a slight British accent, a melancholy romance with a swirling melody.
Leafing through the prom diary of a lifetime, Sting poses as a federator of international variety like a new Frank Sinatra. Sinatra, precisely, from whom a title is borrowed, In the Wee Small Hours, with Chris Botti, in a nostalgic blink of an eye.
The pop star, finally, went to New York to record with the musician of Beninese origin Shirazee a cover of one of his most famous songs, re-adapted to their two personalities: English Man / African in New York, is only available in the Fnac edition of the disc.
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This hit, claimed by fans at each concert, will not be able to be sung in public in France with its author until 2022. Sting, in fact, has just postponed until next year a major French tour which will take him to the Château de Chambord, then throughout France, from Arras to Nîmes. The singer and bassist of the group The Police has planned to sing many iconic songs, grouped in 2019 in his album My Songs, another way to revisit his musical and personal history which enchants us for more than forty years.