Personnel: Sting (vocals, bass); Dominic Miller (guitar); B.J. Cole (pedal steel); Katherine Tickell (fiddle, Northumbrian pipes); Branford Marsalis (saxophone); Gerry Richardson (Hammond organ); Kenny Kirkland (keyboards); Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Monica Reed, Shirley Lewis, Lance Ellington, Tony Walters, The East London Gospel Choir (background vocals).
The Memphis Horns: Andrew Love (saxophone); Wayne Jackson (trumpet).
"Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot" was nominated for a 1997 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. MERCURY FALLING was nominated for a 1997 Grammy for Best Pop Album.
Since striking out on his own with a cadre of jazz musicians on 1985's THE DREAM OF THE BLUE TURTLES, Sting's nomadic wanderings in search of new musical challenges have been a hallmark of all his solo work. MERCURY FALLING continues in this vein, skipping between genres and musical locales. The appearence of The Memphis Horns on "You Still Touch Me" allows Sting to tap into the Stax/Volt spirit, complete with Dominic Miller's Steve Cropper-like phrasing and some of the ex-Police-man's most soulful singing to date. French lyrics are the only anomaly on the bossa-nova beat of "La Belle Dame Sans Regrets," which brings to mind Antonio Carlos Jobim's arrangements, while the combination of the East London Gospel Choir and Branford Marsalis' restrained playing add a pious atmosphere to "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot."
The Englishman's greatest leap is into the heart of Nashville with a song about divorce and child custody. B.J. Cole's pedal steel and drummer Vinnie Colaiuta's clip-clop beat add a tear-in-my-beer authenticity to "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying," bringing Sting as close to the Grand Ole Opry as he's likely to get.

  • Format: Vinyl
  • Genre: Rock

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