Maybe Sting should consider relocating from the Hamptons to Nashville, seeing how this is his second album in a row where the standout is a putative country song — albeit a mini-epic one that shifts to gospel-jazz in 9/8 time halfway through. ”Fill Her Up” is one of only a couple songs to have an immediately discernible pulse. For all the tricky time signatures, the world-beat New Age noir of Brand New Day offers plenty of passing harmonic pleasures and not much overt passion, good enough if you like your aural wallpaper measured out in shifting meters.
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