Sting is reportedly in the final stages of completing his latest album ’57th & 9th‘. The 64 year old is said to have taken a new direction on what many are calling his first ‘rock’ album in 17 years.
The British singer / songwriter has dabbled in many different musical stylings over the last decade or so including an album of lute music, christmas carols, orchestral symphonies and even a broadway musical. ’57th and 9th‘ however, brings with it a return to a more pop / rock oriented sound with a more defined message.
Sting described the album as: “It’s rockier than anything I’ve done in a while. This record is a sort of omnibus of everything that I do, but the flagship seems to be this energetic thing. I’m very happy to put up the mast and see how it goes.”
His last record, ‘The Last Ship’ was released in 2013 and was in many ways a concept album based on the closure of the shipyards in his home town of Wallsend. The album embodied the spirit of the northeast of England and featured many collaborating artists from that area including: Jimmy Nail, AC/DC’s Brian Johnson, Kathryn Tickell and The Wilson Family.
’57th & 9th‘ holds just as much sentimental value be it on a more global scale. It is said to include songs about climate change, the immigration crises and a tribute to the late pop icon Prince.
Sting spoke to Rolling Stone magazine about the concepts surrounding the new songs:
“It’s really a comment on how shocked we all are when one of our cultural icons dies: Prince, David [Bowie], Glenn Frey, Lemmy. They are our gods, in a way. So when they die, we have to question our own immortality. Even I, as a rock star, have to question my own. And the sort of bittersweet realization that hubris doesn’t mean anything in the end.”