In January, Sting detailed a new solo release titled My Songs, which will find the Police icon re-imagining several songs from throughout his vaunted career. On Thursday, he revealed more about the project with Billboard, and it’s noteworthy that the album now has a scheduled release date of May 24.
On the album, Sting revisits 15 songs from both his solo career and his time with the Police, updating some tracks with new studio flourishes along the way.
“I’m constantly tinkering and I’m always wanting to make the songs as contemporary as they can possible be, because I think they are good songs,” he told Billboard. “Sometimes songs are identified by the technology they were recorded with — recording techniques, the sound of synthesizers or the drum sound. They all date a song, so we just want to re-contemporize the stuff.”
More from Sting on his approach for this project:
“My voice has more interesting overtones than it did when I was 25,” the singer explains. “It’s a less pure sound, but I think it has this richness to it. The songs change every night when I sing them, and I’m always hearing something I haven’t actually discovered there. It’s discovery within that repetition, too.”
And the album’s track listing:
“Brand New Day”
“If You Love Somebody Set Them Free”
“Every Breath You Take”
“Can’t Stand Losing You”
“Fields of Gold”
“Shape of My Heart”
“Message in a Bottle”
“Walking on the Moon”
“Englishman in New York”
“If I Ever Lose My Faith in You”