Sting will release his new solo album, 57th and 9th, on November 11.
On Wednesday, the legendary front man of the Police released the LP’s lead single, a track called I Can’t Stop Thinking About You. An uptempo track, it should appeal to Police fans as much as those more interested in his solo material…
And here’s a live performance of the song from KROQ 106.7 FM’s in-studio set Sting delivered on Wednesday:
Sting has said that the new album came about in a hurry:
“It happened very quickly, very spontaneously. My idea always is to surprise myself and the people I’m working with—and, hopefully, the listeners.”
57th and 9th is his first album of straightforward pop/rock territory in more than a decade, and his 12th solo LP overall.
More on the album’s inspiration:
The album, produced by Martin Kierszenbaum, takes its title from the Manhattan street corner that Sting crossed each day as he walked to the studios in Hell’s Kitchen where the recordings were done. Sting notes that if there’s a theme in the lyrics of 57th & 9th, it’s the idea of travel and motion, most apparent in the autobiographical “Heading South On The Great North Road” and in “Inshallah,” a first-person account of the global refugee crisis, written from a humanitarian point of view.
Here’s the track listing:
I Can’t Stop Thinking About You
Down, Down, Down
One Fine Day
Pretty Young Soldier
Heading South On The Great North Road
If You Can’t Love Me
The Empty Chair
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