The Police – Synchronicity (1983)
Swans have a curious reputation. From a distance, serene. Up close, the mask is creepy.
The Police’s 5th and final studio album, their swan song, represented the band at their most serene and at their all-time creepiest.
The musically beautiful/lyrically disturbing Every Breath You Take.
The magnificent side two. The horrendous Mother. Though the latter has inspired me to create a ‘great bands/dismal songs’ top 5 list, so all is not lost!
An interesting trio:
– Sting, perhaps the most identifiable singer in the business with some of the most incoherent lyrics, of course continues to have a successful career 30 years later.
– Andy Summers (guitar) went on to provide the score for Weekend at Bernie’s (but managed to avoid scoring the completely unnecessary sequel!)
– Drummer Stewart Copeland’s cymbal work, as per usual, is terrifically distinctive
If you’re going to break up (and then reunite for a tour decades later), might as well end the studio career on top.