Moving on from the 2010 release of ‘Symphonicities’, Sting returns with ‘The Last Ship’, featuring 12 new original songs. Featuring a nautical theme reminiscent of most contemporary folk albums, Sting presents what he hopes comes across as a deep and serious album. We see Sting once again presenting music in a very serious manner, though this time the artist’s style has changed somewhat to suit his vocal style that seems to have aged over the years. Although Sting has managed to produce many great songs over the years, it seems ‘The Last Ship’ seems to fall flat completely, where many of Sting’s latest ideas either don’t work, or simply come across as weak or cheesy.
Elements of ‘The Last Ship’ seem to work, where Sting present what could be seen as a concept album revolving around nautical folk tales. A few of the tracks present interesting tales, all present in an incredibly mature manner. A few of the tracks are interesting, where lyrically, the stories come across in a strong way, showcasing a new and older style of Sting’s music. It seems Sting is trying to present an album of material that reflects his old age, where his years of experience all come across in a new way on ‘The Last Ship’. It’s interesting to see Sting attempting this, but as a complete album package, ‘The Last Ship’ simply comes across as weak.
It seems that Sting’s old age has seriously impacted his ability to sing, which really comes across on ‘The Last Ship’. Whilst to some aging artists, this adds a element of experience to their music, it sadly hasn’t done Sting any favors. Sting seems to opt for easier vocal styles on the album, and whilst this can easily be attributed to his older age, it simply presents his music in a weaker way. It’s a shame, as Sting is clearly an accomplished and capable vocalist, but sadly the vocals on ‘The Last Ship’ are too weak for it to be a very strong album. The album is also let down by the inclusion of a few songs which are simply to gimmicky and silly. Sting’s choice of tracks seems a bit scattered, with the whole album having a common theme running through out, but sounding disjointed due to the style of a few of the songs.
It seems whatever Sting has attempted for ‘The Last Ship’ has simply not worked, with it possibly being one of his weakest albums in his career. It’s a shame as with Sting’s older age, it would have been nice to have heard some real mature music that stems from Sting’s recent experiences, and whilst Sting might have attempted it to some degree on ‘The Last Ship’, it simply hasn’t paid off enough. It seems Sting might have really let himself down with his latest album, which just pales in comparison to some of Sting’s best known and most revered works.
- ★★☆☆☆ 2/5
- Practical Arrangement
- The Night The Pugilist Learned How To Dance
- I Love Her But She Loves Someone Else
Sting’s latest album ‘The Last Ship’ is out now.