LONDON – Sting yesterday released the new unreleased album “The Bridge”, his fifteenth studio album. “The Bridge” showcases STING’s prolific and varied songwriting skills: new songs that summarize the different styles and genres explored by the English singer-songwriter in his unrivaled career. To travel inside the disc, you can visit the interactive world of “The Bridge”. Fans will also be able to get an eye on the British artist’s daily life while preparing for the release of the new album through the weekly web series “On The Bridge”. The new album, released in Italy in multiple formats including CD Standard (10 tracks), CD Deluxe (13 tracks), standard black vinyl (10 tracks) White vinyl exclusively for D2C Universal Music (10 tracks), also contains the two previously published songs “If It’s Love” and “Rushing Water”.
“The Bridge” tells of a Sting who finds himself reflecting on personal loss, separation, interruption, confinement and extraordinary social and political turmoil. The album explores a multitude of concepts and themes, represents that lasting and constantly evolving link between ideas, cultures, continents, the two river banks. It is also a route to the past; so it was that Sting found himself rethinking the music and the places that formed its foundations, so much so that they were embedded in his DNA. “Sting” explained: “These songs are between one place and another, between one state of mind and another, between life and death, between relationships. Between pandemics, between eras, politically, socially and psychologically, each of us is stuck in the middle of something. We need a bridge ”.
Representing different moments and styles of his long career, and drawing inspirations drawn from genres such as rock n ‘roll, jazz, classical and folk music, this eclectic record by Sting is the quintessence of pop rock as it is heard in the track that opens ” Rushing Water “(” a fitting start to an album that tries to bridge all the little differences that can separate us “) and the indie-pop track” If It’s Love “, the electronic ballad” Loving You “and the romantic” For Her Love. ”Which evokes the period of“ Fields of Gold ”in Sting’s memory. In “The Book of Numbers,” “Harmony Road” and “The Bells of St. Thomas” the long collaboration with guitarist Dominic Miller can be felt with greater presence.
Written and recorded during the last year in lockdown, Dominic Miller (guitar), Josh Freese (drums), Branford Marsalis (saxophone), Manu Katché (percussion), Martin Kierszenbaum (piano), Fred Renaudin (synthesizers) collaborated on the album and Melissa Musique, Gene Noble, Jo Lawry and Laila Biali on the backing vocals. The influences in “The Bridge” are varied: from Cecil Sharp’s folk ballads “’Collection of English Folk Songs’, up to J. Robert Oppenheimer, from the Roman history of Northumbria to Saint Thomas. All the songs on “The Bridge” are produced by STING and Martin Kierszenbaum apart from “Loving you” produced by Sting, Maya Jane Coles and Martin Kierszenbaum. The album was mixed by Robert Orton, edited by Donal Hodgson and Tony Lake and mastered by Gene Grimaldi at Oasis Mastering.