Synchronicity

Label
A&M
Release date
4 Mar 2003
Running length
11 tracks
Running time
44:26

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Synchronicity I (2003 Stereo Remastered Version) 3:23 1,441
2 Walking In Your Footsteps (2003 Stereo Remastered Version) 3:37 1,139
3 O My God (2003 Stereo Remastered Version) 4:02 935
4 Mother (2003 Stereo Remastered Version) 3:06 728
5 Miss Gradenko (2003 Stereo Remastered Version) 2:00 1,202
6 Synchronicity II (2003 Stereo Remastered Version) 5:01 1,570
7 Every Breath You Take (2003 Stereo Remastered Version) 4:14 4,857
8 King Of Pain (2003 Stereo Remastered Version) 5:00 2,397
9 Wrapped Around Your Finger (2003 Stereo Remastered Version) 5:14 2,178
10 Tea In The Sahara (2003 Stereo Remastered Version) 4:13 997
11 Murder By Numbers (2003 Stereo Remastered Version) 4:36 974

About this album

Synchronicity is the fifth and final studio album by The Police, released in 1983. Their most popular release together, Synchronicity includes the number one single, “Every Breath You Take.”

The album’s title was inspired by Arthur Koestler’s The Roots of Coincidence, which mentions Carl Jung’s theory of Synchronicity. Sting was an avid reader of Koestler, and also named Ghost in the Machine after one of his works.

Synchronicity topped both the Billboard Pop Albums and Billboard 200 charts (ending the reign of Michael Jackson’s Thriller for a while in the US). It won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.

In 2001, the TV network VH1 named Synchronicity the 50th greatest album of all time. In 2003, the album was ranked number 455 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

The album marked a significant reduction in the reggae influences that were a part of the band’s first four records, instead featuring production-heavy textures and liberal use of synthesizers that, at times, drove entire songs (“Synchronicity I”, “Wrapped Around Your Finger”). The influence of World music can also be heard in songs such as “Tea in the Sahara” and “Walking in Your Footsteps”. Sting’s material dominates the album, with the two short tracks by Andy Summers (“Mother”) and Stewart Copeland (“Miss Gradenko”) being seen by the band themselves as concessions.

As with their prior album, the basic tracks for Synchronicity were recorded at AIR Studios, Montserrat.

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  • dr_bun

    mother is a lot like captain beefheart

    7 Jan 9:06pm Reply
  • PhoenixBloom

    I love Mother personally...lol kinda unexpected from them for me! This album is very solid, I like all of it!

    15 Oct 2013 Reply
  • forkimified

    You may find Mother more amusing if you watch Psycho 2, and then relate the lyrics to what happens in that movie.

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • forkimified

    Mother is probably my all-time favourite Police song. The first time I heard it on cassette in my dad's van, I thought it was hilarious. It's probably what made me come back to this album and why I'm listening to it now.

    1 Jun 2013 Reply
  • FakeSugarTrain

    Mother is incredible.

    3 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Soundservant

    If someone has a FLAC of the 2003 remastered SACD please inbox me!

    23 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Sloqx

    Mother is the most annoying song I've ever heard.

    27 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Kzer_za

    The second half is classic (one of the best half-albums of the 80s); the first half isn't very good.

    19 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Akayz7

    Every Breath You Take feels so out of place when it kicks in...

    16 Jul 2011 Reply
  • mgpixlab

    ★★★★★

    1 Jun 2011 Reply
  • mk741

    Excellent record to go out on, with some eh tracks.

    23 May 2011 Reply
  • aineb

    Every Breath You Take <3

    30 Apr 2011 Reply
  • Fistfulofwords

    While one quick read of the lyrics clearly shows this to be the ultimate stalker song, I have seen people, with a straight face AND all of their teeth, claim this song is a touching tribute to love. To which I ask: Have you seen Sting’s pursed lips and shadowy face in the video (watch from the 0:40 mark)? Clearly, this is not a song about love but something much darker and apparently in need of exact enunciation. Read the rest of the article, "Five Subtly Disturbing Songs" here: http://www.fistfulofwords.com/2011/02/five-subtly-disturbing-songs.html

    14 Feb 2011 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    How to improve the album (besides remastering to get the drums to actually punch and removing WiYF's lyrics): replace Mother and Miss Gradenko with Someone to Talk To and Once Upon a Daydream. Why did those get thrown in the B-side pile?!

    7 Nov 2010 Reply
  • XSeanybOiX

    Mother pretty much fucks the album, and I agree with below me Stewart's kit has no punch to it.

    4 Aug 2010 Reply
  • PartySanCTG

    I have one main beef with this album: Hugh Padgham's New Wave-ready spacey production's cool and all but goddamnit he shafted Stewart hard; his drums lack punch and sound pretty anemic. Oh, and I've counted about 4 lame songs so far (Mother is even shittier than Behind My Camel; Miss Gradenko's kinda bleh but short, Footsteps... has Greg Lake-level stupid lyrics but I like the production, Murder By Numbers sucks - why'd they put it as the last song on the CD? Sahara is an awesome closer!)

    22 Jun 2010 Reply
  • PSU_strummer

    @McFrye: agreed. the pros n cons of the so-called /bonus-track/ ... er... however one might wish to address it [the issue of /additional tracks/ (or some reordering) vs original release editions of same album]

    29 May 2010 Reply
  • PrettyStar

    рекомендовал продавал и не раз

    26 May 2010 Reply
  • IAJP

    does literally anyone like mother? i bet even sting is really embarassed about that tune.

    5 Jan 2010 Reply
  • LifePaintedArt

    Dear god.. Mother is horrible.

    15 Oct 2009 Reply
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