Label: A&M Records - 396 405-1 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album • Country: UK • Genre: Jazz, Rock • Style: Blues Rock, Jazz-Rock, Soft Rock
The Soul Cages is the third full-length studio album released by Sting and the first to feature longtime guitarist Dominic Miller. Released init became his second No. The Soul Cages is a concept album focused on the death of Sting's father.
At the time, Sting had developed a writer's block shortly after his father's death; the episode lasted several years, until he was able to overcome his affliction by dealing with the death of The Wild Wild Sea - Sting - The Soul Cages father through music. The first song written for The Soul Cages was "Why Should I Cry for You", and Sting has said that the rest of the album flowed quite easily after that first hurdle was overcome. Most of the songs have motifs related to sailing or the seas; Sting wrote in his autobiography, Broken Musicthat his father had always regretted not becoming a sailor.
There are also references to Newcastlethe part of England where Sting grew up. Album opener "Island of Souls" tells the story of Billy, the first son in a family line of Μαυρομαλούσα Κοπελιά (Οργανικό) - Γιάννης Σπανός - Σκιές Στην Άμμο. As he watches the ships his father helped create set sail, Billy dreams of taking his father along with him to escape by sea; his dreams become more prevalent as his father is injured and given three weeks to live.
The middle section of the record focuses mainly on the town Billy lives in and its people with the exception of "Mad About You", which is based on King David 's story from the Bible 's Books of Samuelbefore the highly introspective "Why Should I Cry for You".
Musically, a mournful Northumbrian The Wild Wild Sea - Sting - The Soul Cages motif at the end of "Island of Souls" returns to open "The Wild Wild Sea", where Billy loses his way in a tempest only to find himself steered to safety by the spirit of his father.
In another fantastical narrative on the album's eponymous track, Billy's father is being held captive by a demonic fisherman, with whom Billy wagers his life in a drinking game in a bid to set his father's soul free. Finally, the album ends with the moody, slightly-enigmatic "When the Angels Fall", which serves as a final thesis on the Catholicism which so heavily influenced Sting's upbringing; particularly regarding his father's spiritual beliefs.
The character of Billy is referred to in the third person for the first three songs and in Underwater - A.M. Pacific - Underwater first person for The Wild Wild Sea - Sting - The Soul Cages last three songs. In an interview with Charlie Rose aired on 10 DecemberSting mentioned that he was working on a "mood piece", a musical project and book in collaboration with Pulitzer winner Brian Yorkey.
The work would be based on an album he released many years ago concerning the loss of his father, growing up in Newcastle and witnessing the passing of the shipbuilding industry there. He admitted being scared of the prospect of pulling it all together but expressed confidence in it working out. This project has since been confirmed as the musical The Last Ship. At the time this album appeared, the music industry was starting to shift away from using CD longboxes.
Sting, a committed environmentalist, wanted to eliminate the amount of cardboard waste caused by the longbox. The original packaging was a fourfold cardboard case that could be modified to look like a longbox, and folded back into a jewel box sized CD package for home storage.
In Germany, the CD was sold in jewel cases The Wild Wild Sea - Sting - The Soul Cages well as longboxes. The cover painting was a commissioned work by the Scottish artist Steven Campbell. Until the release of Symphonicities in JulyThe Soul Cages was the only studio album by Sting not to feature a photograph of himself on the front cover, although he does appear on the back cover of both albums. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the fairy tale, see The Soul Cages story.
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