Sting – Fields of Gold: The Best of Sting 1984-1994 (1994)

The first compilation of Sting’s solo material is a perfectly pleasant experience, if ultimately rather unremarkable. Mind you, Sting has a great voice and he presides over all his output with assurance and confidence, radiating a quiet emotional intelligence. However, much of the material is fine but unmemorable, like “If I Ever Lose My Faith in You” and “This Cowboy Song.” But it’s the strengths of classics like “When We Dance,” “Fields of Gold” and the endlessly repeatable “Englishman in New York” that root this compilation in its overall context (that of heavy adult contemporary radio rotation) and serve as a reminder of Sting’s overall importance as a solid radio-friendly performer with a distinctive sound and a number of signature songs as a solo artist.

Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)

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