Tuesday, September 28, 1999

Sting Brand New Day released

Brand New Day


Released: September 28, 1999

Peak: 9 US, 5 UK, 12 CN, 21 AU

Sales (in millions): 3.0 US, 0.3 UK, 8.0 world (includes US and UK)

Genre: rock


Song Title (Writers) [time] (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. A Thousand Years (Sting, Kipper) [5:58]
  2. Desert Rose (with Cheb Mami) [4:45] (1/29/00, 17 US, 19 RR, 22 AC, 3 A40, 1 AA, 15 UK, 67 AU)
  3. Big Lie Small World (with David Hartley) [5:05]
  4. After the Rain Has Fallen [5:03] (4/1/00, 19 A40, 2 AA, 31 UK)
  5. Perfect Love…Gone Wrong (with Sté Strausz) [5:24]
  6. Tomorrow We’ll See (with David Hartley) [4:47]
  7. Prelude to the End of the Game [0:20]
  8. Fill Her Up (with James Taylor) [5:39]
  9. Ghost Story [5:29]
  10. Brand New Day (with Stevie Wonder on harmonica) [6:19] (9/25/99, 8 A40, 2 AA, 13 UK)

Songs written by Sting unless noted otherwise.

Total Running Time: 48:49


3.902 out of 5.00 (average of 17 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

“By the late '90s, Sting had reached a point where he didn’t have to prove his worth every time out; he had so ingrained himself in pop culture, he really had the freedom to do whatever he wanted. He had that attitude on Mercury Falling, but it was too somber and serious, everything that its successor, Brand New Day, is not.” AMG

Mercury Falling seemed to signal the end of Sting’s top-40 days and transition to a more adult audience. This album certainly appeals to the latter Brand New Day and Desert Rose both topping the adult alternative chart and After the Rain Has Fallen reaching #2. However, Sting also showed his top-40 days weren’t over yet when “Desert Rose” reached the top 20.

Part of the restoration of Sting as a pop artist is that Brand New Day is “light, even effervescent.” AMG “The sparkling, meticulous production and the very tone of the music – ranging from light funk to mellow ballads to the Lyle Lovett tribute Fill Her Up – are of a piece with Sting's late-‘80s work. That’s the main thing separating it from Ten Summoner’s Tales, his other straight pop album – well, that, and the levity. There are no overarching themes, no political messages on Brand New Day – only love songs, story songs, and, for lack of a better term, inspirational exhortations.” AMG

“This is all a good thing, since by keeping things light he’s managed to craft an appealing, engaging record. It may not ask as much from its audience as Sting’s other ‘90s efforts, but it’s immediately enjoyable, which isn’t the case for its cousins. Brand New Day doesn’t boast any new classics, and it does sound a little dated, but it’s well-crafted, melodic, and has a good sense of humor – exactly the kind of record Sting should be making as he embarks on the third decade of his career.” AMG

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First posted 3/24/2008; last updated 8/27/2021.

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