Things were not good at the time for the successful Rock band The Police. Arguments and tensions between the members of The Police during the recording of this album had risen to dangerous levels. Still, despite that, there was inspiration and creation in the music that the group was making at the time. The title of the album was inspired by the works of Carl Jung that Sting was heavily into after he had a lengthy stay at James Bond creator Ian Fleming’s GoldenEye residence (no, not the 1995 Goldeneye movie, although that is great entertainment itself). Regardless of the circumstances and background of the recording, this is seen as a great record. Let’s take a listen and hear if it is so.
Synchronicity I begins with layered keyboards, matching hi-hats and a drumming section that is really good. This introduces us to the album that is album and the rather unusual semi-Buddhist concept of synchronicity itself. The song itself is short, sweet and catchy. Sting’s high falsetto is very decent on this tune, and the keyboard solo is quirky. A strong start to the recording, and it sounds lively and inspired. The group are fighting for space here, and particularly tensions were high between Sting and drummer Stewart Copeland in retrospect. A good listen, and a quirky interesting tune. Good and fresh sounding music.
Walking In Your Footsteps begins with tribal sounding pipes, some interesting percussion and beautiful guitars mixed in very nicely. Sting sings nicely over the top of it all, and this is a gorgeous tune. An interesting and good tune to listen to, sounding rather inspired and a great song to listen to going through the jungles of the Caribbean. A really cool and amazing piece of music that sounds unlike anything else out there. A very much precise and calculated piece of music, this is essential listening and a sonic treat for those who like a mixture of electric guitars and electronics. Wonderful tune. The ending fades out brilliantly.
O My God sounds a bit more 1980s. It has rushes of guitar, precise basslines and a sonic soundscape that sounds really delicious. Sting sings from a very emotional place, and he does wonderfully on that. The rest of the group fights for space, with guitarist Andy Summers putting in a marvellous effort with sonic soundscapes and Stewart Copeland playing some interesting fills throughout. This is a wonderful and consistent recording so far, and there is a touch of a saxophone as well throughout. A very decent and consistent effort, just in time for the dawn of the CD era. Catchy, cool and creative, The Police arrest hearts and minds around the world. A gorgeous saxophone solo is towards the end, along with some other wonderful musicianship. Amazing tune.
Mother launches straight into a lively and semi-Psychedelic sort of piece. The singing is borderline Captain Beefheart in its intentions, which is different. The song itself is a bit weird but points out the fact that women as partners can often become like one’s mother at times. A really odd mesh of strange and weird music, it is a filler track, but bizarre enough to merit listening to. Odd and weird, it has a hilarious ending.
Miss Gradenko is an excellent song from the start. It is Latin inspired but likely is about the UK-Argentinian war over the Falklands at the time. This is a good, short and quirky piece of music that still sounds essential listening throughout. Some excellent guitar work is on this song, proving exactly how good Andy Summers was as a guitarist. A fine, fun and catchy listen, this is a reminder of the times of 1983. Excellent.
Synchronicity II is one of the longest songs on the album, beginning with some distant guitar feedback, before launching into an excellent song that sounds very Poppy. This is a continuation of the theme of the album that sounds really great musically and intellectually great. Sting sings beautifully, and the band do a really great job, despite the tensions and difficulties that they experienced at the time. Indeed, a really forward-thinking and amazing job of music, this transcends the 1980s and just blows all the competition out of the water, which it did. The rhythm section sounds really excellent and brilliant, and the performance throughout by all is terrific. The singing towards the end of the song is very beautiful, and the outro has some sublime guitar work. Nice effort.
Every Breath You Take is the biggest hit from this album. It comes across as a song singing about love lost, but surprisingly, it is actually about stalking. Regardless of whatever your interpretation of this song may be, this is a beautiful and amazing piece of music that deserves 100% credit for that. The music here is beautiful, with Sting’s direct emotional vocals, nicely played guitar riffs, chugging rhythm section and pseudo-classical instrumentation, such as piano and string section. An amazing song, and nothing less. This is a real tearjerker of a tune, but really excellent to listen to, regardless of the mood you are in. Excellent music, and album, too. Nice job by The Police.
King Of Pain begins with piano, some interesting musical overdubs and some slide guitars as well. Sting sings gloriously here, and one gets the sense that this album is a pseudo-concept album. The vocal delivery is simple and melodic. Soon enough, this song gets launched into a really excellent and interesting piece of music that has some very decent and wonderful music structure about it. A lively and different song, this is very 1980s, but also very good music as well. The guitar solo is very uplifting, followed by an interesting instrumental intermission. The music fades out briefly towards the end, before resuming. Lyrics about sunspots and other wonders here make this song sound very different. A good job.
Wrapped Around Your Finger is even more 1980s sounding than usual. It has some prominent keyboards and textures which sound weird. Sting sings nicely, and in general, he sounds a bit like a neo-Roger Daltrey (of The Who). A really fine and excellent piece about marriage, it is musically matched by a sort of laidback 1980s groove that no doubt was huge in the USA at the time, which it was. Indeed, this song is a slow groover, but a very listenable piece nonetheless. Really cool music, this does sound uplifting and enjoyable. Towards the end are some interesting textures and sonics from an instrumental basis before a long fade-out occurs. Excellent work.
Tea In The Sahara begins with ghostly sonic sounds and some excellent bass guitar work by Sting. This is very Psychedelic sounding and just sounds really incredible throughout this song, and album. A really amazing and intricate effort, Sting’s vocals along with Andy Summers’s interesting guitars and Stewart Copeland’s awesome drum work do wonders on these heavily and excellently constructed pieces of music. Different music and an interesting lyrical concept, this is astoundingly great. It finishes with some subtle bass guitar and electric guitar work which demands headphones. Excellent job.
Murder By Numbers is the last song on this album. It begins with some interesting drum work, which is very intricate and lively. Sting sings about the complicated matter of murder, which is rather dark. The music is a very Jazz inspired piece to listen to, and it is definitely one of the highlights of this amazing album. Sting sings in an upbeat way that is joyful and melodic and sounds really amazing. This is a good way to finish off a really amazing and cool album that does superbly on its own. The drum work on this album is wonderful and excellent sounding. For all the tension, this is a really great recording to experience, especially if you like Classic Rock. Fun song, despite the raw lyrics about murder. It finishes with many drumrolls and a bit of clapping. Nice.
This is a really great listen. In fact, so great that it is a career-defining album by The Police and had the added benefit of knocking off Michael Jackson’s Thriller album from the top space of the USA album chart. Sadly, it was the last album by the group. As you can hear, all of the group’s members were competing against each other for space. Synchronicity must be heard, and no, not all of the album covers were the same around the world, which is odd. Great album nonetheless.
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