The Police: Zenyatta Mondatta (1980)


The Police
Zenyatta Mondatta; 1980
A&M Records
My Rating: 90/100
Progatta masters of the creepy smash hit, The Police kick off their third and greatest album with an absolute classic. It’s also their darkest. The best Sting can seem to make of a hopeless world on this incredibly pessimistic-but-you-wouldn’t-know-it-for-the-music  masterpiece consists of humming a wordless little ditty to himself round about track seven. Moods included, the Police get it right from start to finish on Zenyatta. There’s no excess. There’s no meaningless excursions. In fact, there’s not even a cringe-worthy moment contained herein. Instead, there’s a completely unique blend of rock, prog and reggae filtered through the smooth jazz sensibilities of a former British school teacher. What seems to turn others off about this record keeps me coming back. The lean start and stop of “Driven to Tears”, the propulsive funk-lite of “When the World…”, the bouncy, catchy proto-ska of “Man in a Suitcase” – what’s not to love? To put a nice bow it all, you’ve got weird but engaging excursions like “Voices Inside My Head”, “Shadows in the Rain”, and “The Other Way of Stopping.” The Police made some great records, but they never managed to tie an album together so well. Bonus points for Andy Summers’ ethereal guitars, hands down my favorite thing about this record.
Cohesion (5/5)
Concept (4.5/5)
Consequence (4.5/5)
Consistency (5/5)
Tracks:
1. Don’t Stand So Close To Me (5/5)
2. Driven to Tears (5/5)
3. When the World is Running Down, You Make the Best of What’s Still Around (5/5)
4. Canary in a Coalmine (5/5)
5. Voices Inside My Head (5/5)
6. Bombs Away (4.5/5)
7. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da (5/5)
8. Behind My Camel (4/5)
9. Man in a Suitcase (5/5)
10. Shadows in the Rain (4/5)
11. The Other Way of Stopping (4.5/5)

Police-album-zenyattamondattaThe Police
Zenyatta Mondatta; 1980
A&M Records

My Rating: 90/100

Classic rock masters of the creepy smash hit, The Police lead off their third long player with the indelible “Don’t Stand So Close to Me.” This is their greatest album; it’s also their darkest. The best Sting can seem to make of a hopeless world on this incredibly pessimistic-but-you-wouldn’t-know-it-for-the-music  masterpiece consists of humming a wordless little ditty to himself round about track seven. Moods included, the Police get it right from start to finish. There’s no excess. There’s no meaningless excursions. In fact, there’s not even a cringe-worthy moment contained herein. Instead, there’s a completely unique blend of rock, prog and reggae filtered through the smooth jazz sensibilities of a former British school teacher. What seems to turn others off about this record keeps me coming back. The lean start and stop of “Driven to Tears”, the propulsive funk-lite of “When the World…”, the bouncy, catchy proto-ska of “Man in a Suitcase” – what’s not to love? To put a nice bow it all, you’ve got weird but engaging excursions like “Voices Inside My Head”, “Shadows in the Rain”, and “The Other Way of Stopping.” The Police made some great records, but they never managed to tie an album together so well. Bonus points for Andy Summers’ ethereal guitars, hands down my favorite thing about this record.

Cohesion (5/5)
Concept (4.5/5)
Consequence (4.5/5)
Consistency (5/5)

Tracks:

1. Don’t Stand So Close To Me (5/5)
2. Driven to Tears (5/5)
3. When the World is Running Down, You Make the Best of What’s Still Around (5/5)
4. Canary in a Coalmine (5/5)
5. Voices Inside My Head (5/5)
6. Bombs Away (4.5/5)
7. De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da (5/5)
8. Behind My Camel (4/5)
9. Man in a Suitcase (5/5)
10. Shadows in the Rain (4/5)
11. The Other Way of Stopping (4.5/5)

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