|Title:||Brand New Day - Sting|
|Catalogue number:||490 451 2|
Sting took a new approach to writing his seventh solo album, "Brand New Day," out this week from A&M. "I started last summer, but I pretended I wasn't working on a record," he says. "I pretended I was just gonna get some musicians together and have fun in the house and jam a little, then pick the bones out of the jams in the mornings, and then adapt them a little bit.
"So I just jammed around for a month or two, and picked bits out and started to loosely structure songs without any lyrics. I finished and sequenced an hour of music without any idea of what it was about lyrically.
"This is not the normal way I work, which is to write lyrics first or second, but always in the same period of time as the music."
Produced by Sting with noted programmer Kipper, "Brand New Day" features such guest artists as Stevie Wonder, Branford Marsalis, Chris Botti, French rapper Sté Strausz, and Billboard Century Award winner James Taylor. Tracks include "Tomorrow We'll See," a glimpse into the life of transsexual prostitutes in Paris; "A Thousand Years," a reincarnation-based love story; "After The Rain Has Fallen," a fairy tale of a thief and princess; and "Desert Rose," a soaring track with famed French-Algerian vocalist Cheb Mami.
Personnel: Sting (vocals, guitar, bass); Cheb Mami, James Taylor, Ste (vocals); Dominic Miller (guitar); B.J. Cole (pedal steel guitar); Katherine Tickell (fiddle, Northumbrian pipes); Gavin Wright, Moulay Ahmed, Koulder Berkan, Salem Bnouni, Sameh Catalan (strings); Branford Marsalis (clarinet); Stevie Wonder (harmonica); Chris Botti (trumpet); Jason Robello (piano, Clavinet); Dave Hartley, Don Blackman (Hammond B-3 organ); Kipper (keyboards, drum programming); Manu Katche, Vinnie Colaiuta (drums); Minu Cinelu (percussion); Joe Mendez, Janice Pendarvis, Althea Rodgers, Marlon Saunders, Veneese Thomas, Darryl Tookes, Ken Williams, Tawatha Agee, Dennis Collins (background vocals); Ettamri Mustapha. Engineers include: Simon Osborne, Neil Dorfsman, Geoff Foster.
Principally recorded at Il Palagio, Italy and Mega Studios, Paris, France.
Brand New Day won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Pop Album. "Brand New Day" won the 2000 Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Performance.
The Brazilian release of this album (cat. number: 60694906852) contains a different version of Perfect Love ... Gone Wrong. On this version the rap is done by Zelia Duncan.