Sting has released his newly-reimagined version of The Police’s classic 1983 hit, ‘Every Breath You Take’, which you can check out below.
The new ‘Every Breath You Take’ also features on My Songs, Sting’s new album comprised of the 17-time Grammy Award winner’s most celebrated hits, each reshaped and reimagined for 2019. Released via Cherrytree/A&M/Interscope, the album be released on 24 May in multiple formats including a deluxe edition featuring bonus content.
Speaking on his approach to the album, Sting says: “My Songs is my life in songs. Some of them reconstructed, some of them refitted, some of them reframed, but all of them with a contemporary focus.”
Of the legendary ‘Every Breath You Take’, Sting says: “I brought [the song] into Utopia Studios in North London late one night in 1982. I’d already written the lyrics while staying at Golden Eye, Chris Blackwell’s house outside of Ocho Rios in Jamaica that had formerly belonged to James Bond’s creator Ian Fleming.
“I was working alone at Utopia with the engineer Pete Smith. The music was based on the ninth chords that I’d already used successfully in ‘Message In A Bottle’ and ‘Da Do Do…’, which had a become a sort of signature for me.
“As most rock music is based on fourths, fifths and sevenths, the ninth chord opened up a different world of possibilities and gave this rather simple and strange song a tonal sophistication that it wouldn’t have possessed otherwise, effectively complimenting its lyrical ambiguity. It still manages to be both sinister and oddly comforting, which might explain its continuing prevalence as one of the most played songs on the radio.”
Elsewhere on My Songs, fans can expect to hear Sting’s own fresh approach to hits including ‘Englishman In New York,’ ‘Fields Of Gold,’ ‘Shape Of My Heart,’ ‘Roxanne,’ ‘Message In A Bottle’ and many more.
The album will also be accompanied by new liner notes written by Sting, in which he shares the personal stories behind each song and provides insight into how some of the most enduring songs of all time were written.
My Songs was produced by Martin Kierszenbaum (Sting, Lady Gaga, Robyn), Dave Audé (Bruno Mars, Selena Gomez) and Jerry Fuentes (The Last Bandoleros). The album was mixed by Robert Orton (Lana Del Rey, Mumford & Sons) and engineered by Tony Lake (Sting, Shaggy).
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