winning musician Sting has announced his new album 'The Bridge', which will be released on 19 November 2021.
Grammy Award winning musician Sting has announced his new album 'The Bridge', which will be released on 19 November 2021.
The Bridge displays Sting’s prolific and different songwriting prowess, with this new set of songs serving styles and genres explored all over his unrivaled career. The lead track “If It’s Love” premiered nowadays on BBC Radio 2 and is accessible now on all digital platforms.
Sting likens contemplating his romantic feelings to calling the doctor about his symptoms.
I’m definitely not the 1st songwriter to equate spilling in or out of Like with an incurable sickness, nor will I be the last. ’If It’s Love’ is my addition to that canon where the tropes of metaphorical symptoms, diagnosis, and downright incapacity are all traditional sufficient to make each of us smile ruefully.
The Bridge was written in a year that saw the world experience a global pandemic. In this album, Sting ruminates on personal loss, separation, disruption, lockdown, and the extraordinary social and political turmoil the world has experienced in the past year.
A “bridge” represents the enduring and the ever-evolving link between ideas, cultures, continents, and even the banks of a river. It’s also a route into the past.
These songs are between one place and another, between one state of mind and another, between life and death, between relationships. Between pandemics, and between eras – politically, socially, and psychologically, all of us are stuck in the middle of something. We need a bridge.
Here's the tracklisting for the album:
- Rushing Water
- If It’s Love
- The Book of Numbers
- Loving You
- Harmony Road
- For Her Love
- The Hills on the Border
- Captain Bateman
- The Bells of St. Thomas
- The Bridge
- Waters of Tyne (Deluxe bonus track)
- Captain Bateman’s Basement (Deluxe bonus track)
- (Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay (Deluxe bonus track)
- *(Japanese exclusive bonus track)
- I Guess the Lord Must Be in New York City
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