...Nothing Like The Sun

Label
A&M
Release date
5 Oct 1987
Running length
12 tracks
Running time
55:55

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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 The Lazarus Heart 4:36 33,558
2 Be Still My Beating Heart 5:34 52,794
3 Englishman in New York 4:27 389,163
4 History Will Teach Us Nothing 5:00 31,187
5 They Dance Alone 7:16 32,396
6 Fragile 4:36 286,496
7 We'll Be Together 4:56 71,425
8 Straight To My Heart 3:55 29,732
9 Rock Steady 4:29 27,186
10 Sister Moon 3:47 38,248
11 Little Wing 5:12 36,108
12 The Secret Marriage 2:07 32,806

About this album

…Nothing Like the Sun is a 1987 album by Sting. The title comes from Shakespeare’s Sonnet #130 (“My mistress’ eyes are nothing like the sun”), which Sting used in the song “Sister Moon”. He added that his inspiration for this was a close encounter with a drunk, in which Sting quoted the sonnet in response to the drunk’s importunate query, “How beautiful is the moon?”

The album won Best British Album at the 1988 Brit Awards.

The album was influenced by two events in Sting’s life: first, the death in late 1986 of his mother, which contributed to the sombre tone of several songs; and second, his participation in A Conspiracy of Hope Tour on behalf of Amnesty International, which brought Sting to parts of Latin America that had been ravaged by civil wars, and introduced him to victims of government oppression. “They Dance Alone (Cueca Solo)” was inspired by his witnessing of public demonstrations of grief by the wives and daughters of men missing in Chile, tortured and murdered by the military dictatorship of the time, who danced the cueca (the traditional dance of Chile) by themselves, with photos of their loved ones pinned to their clothes. “Be Still My Beating Heart” and “The Lazarus Heart” approach the subjects of life, love and death and also featured Police guitarist Andy Summers.

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