On Synchronicity, The Police closed their career with a bang. The British trio’s fifth record mixed chaotic synth riffs, psychedelic jaunts, and clean, unencumbered rock into one of their best records. So, it’s no surprise that Synchronicity spent 17 non-consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts, serving as the soundtrack to rock fans’ summers when it came out in 1983. Beneath heart-melting harmonies on classics like “Wrapped Around Your Finger” and “Every Breath You Take,” Sting’s lyrics reveal a deeper sense of trouble. But still, these contradictions – love songs with sinister undertones, rock albums with psychedelic, reggae influences – were what made The Police one of the most successful groups of the era.
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