Opinions very widely on Sting, aka Gord Sumner of Newcastle. A lot of Britons consider him the anti-Christ, and equate him with Phil Collins. North Americans have a different perception of him, but there's also a sense that he lost his way many years ago. I've lost touch with his recent recordings (I did hear the medieval album once), but here's my own impression -- first, I'll rate his LPs on the ol' five-star scale: Police **** Outlandos D'amour ***** Reggatta de Blanc **** Zenyatta Mondatta **** Ghost in the Machine **** Synchronicity Solo **** The Dream of the Blue Turtles ***** ...Nothing Like the Sun **** Bring on the Night (live) **** The Soul Cages ***** Ten Summoner's Tales ** Mercury Falling * Brand New Day Everything else: can't be bothered to hear it. (I did see his live DVD from a 1999 concert -- it was bad.) So, yeah, as far as I'm concerned Sting lost it big-time after 1993. His stuff for sixteen years up to then was almost universally great, to my ears, and both The Police and his 'solo' touring bands in 1985-86 and 1988 were superb. The bands he used after that were less interesting, and there is a touch of blandness about the style of The Soul Cages, but the songs are almost all good. Ten Summoner's Tales is non-challenging musically, but is just an incredible record of incredible songwriting, with a great deal of wit. I think, maybe, that last one's success, combined with Mercury Falling's (a dour record) cool reception maybe convinced the Sting-ster to make more witty, funny, in-character songs. The result was the wretched Brand New Day, an album so bad I garbaged it after a girl bought it for me as a gift. When/How did Sting lose it?