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Zenyatta Mondatta

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Don't Stand So Close To Me
Driven To Tears
When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around
Canary In A Coalmine
Voices Inside My Head
Bombs Away
De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da
Behind My Camel
Man In A Suitcase
Shadows In The Rain
The Other Way Of Stopping
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Total Tracks: 11   Total Length: 38:13

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Wayne Robins


Wayne Robins has been a journalist specializing in music for more than 40 years. Since his first paid assignment, reviewing the Rolling Stones 1969 Oakland show...more »

Walking the fine line between experimentation and exhaustion
2003 | Label: A&M

The third in a series of titles in Pig Esperanto, meaning essentially nothing, though always a topic for lively discussion on Internet message boards. (One thing is for sure: it is the source of the name of the beloved near-perfect race horse Zenyatta, owned by A&M Records' co-founder Jerry Moss.) As an album, it's a mixed bag: some great fast reggae ("Don't Stand So Close to Me"), the energetic pop of "Canary in a Coalmine,"… read more »

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This album has always been in my top five list. It's a close tie for first with Ghost in the Machine. Track 1 may have been played too many times on the radio. But that aside, this collection of songs is a fine experience. Put on your headphones and enjoy a good example of the whole being greater than the sum of it's parts.

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Flat out classic and probably the Police best.

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Another great album overlooked for the radio hits.

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The stage was set for the Police to become one of the biggest acts of the ’80s, and the band delivered with the 1980 classic Zenyatta Mondatta. The album proved to be the trio’s second straight number one album in the U.K., while peaking at number three in the U.S. Arguably the best Police album, Zenyatta contains perhaps the quintessential new wave anthem, the haunting “Don’t Stand So Close to Me,” the story of an older teacher lusting after one of his students. While other tracks follow in the same spooky path (their second Grammy-winning instrumental “Behind My Camel” and “Shadows in the Rain”), most of the material is upbeat, such as the carefree U.S./U.K. Top Ten “De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da,” “Canary in a Coalmine,” and “Man in a Suitcase.” Sting includes his first set of politically charged lyrics in “Driven to Tears,” “When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What’s Still Around,” and “Bombs Away,” which all observe the declining state of the world. While Sting would later criticize the album as not all it could have been (the band was rushed to complete the album in order to begin another tour), Zenyatta Mondatta remains one of the finest rock albums of all time. – Greg Prato

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