MUSIC: IT MIGHT AS WELL BE STING!

HIS NEW ALBUM IS A LITTLE BIT COUNTRY, A LITTLE BIT CELTIC...

STING, UNLIKE BOY GEORGE AND David Lee Roth, will never be an answer to such trivia questions as, "Name a lead singer from an '80s megaband who went on to have a disappointing solo career." Sting has managed to stay relevant--and popular--by continuing to create gently innovative music that borrows from other sources so wisely and so well that the resulting sound is truly his own. "I'm interested in impure music," says Sting. "Pure rock, pure jazz or pure anything just doesn't interest me. This is the game I play." In that spirit, his new CD, Mercury Falling, draws on country,...

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