Usually Andy Summers is my biggest gripe with the Police, but he really came into his own on this record. Stewart Copeland continues to be monumentally underrated, and Sting brings the same flavor he always does: tasty, but quick to get sick of. As a whole though, I think this is my favorite I’ve heard from the Police.
Just great! But what’s up with Mother? I had to check my phone to make sure I didn’t switch to a different album.
This was one of my first "cassette tapes"! I LOVE this album!
You could gain a great amount of knowledge by reading up on the topics Sting refers to in his songs. Contrast this to the amount you might learn from reading up on things David Lee Roth mentions in his lyrics: "Might as well Jump!" Draw your own conclusion from the fact that the Van Halen LP with "Jump" sold more copies in the US than Synchronicity did. At least Syncro outsold it in Canada - Eh! Tea in the Sahara is based on the novel "The Sheltering Sky". Sting is very much the intellectual and used this LP to remind everyone that he is. He mentions Mephistopheles, Scylla and Charibdes - and that name dropping is from just one song. The name of the album (and title song(s)) also show his knowledge of psychiatry and psychology (or some may say fringe psychology). This was the only of the five Police LPs that included a lyric sheet. I recall Sting saying lyric sheets were pompous. He must have hoped that some listeners might want to find out who Scylla and Charibdes were and knew that it would be near imposssible to find anything without the proper spelling back in the pre-internet pre-spell check days. I prefer Side 1 which is bookended by the two Synchronicity tunes. Walking . . . and Oh My God are two other gems that fill in the middle of Side 1. Miss Gradenko is Stuart's contribution and is easy to like since Ringo trained us to listen to the drummer's song, politely clap and move on. Andy's song "Mother" is hideous but I guess they had to give him his three minutes. When you hear the haunting and creatively avant garde guitar he laid down on Tea In the Sahara you realize you must take the good with the bad. Side 2 starts with Every Breath . . . the monster hit which imo is not as strong as Syncr II - but hey it sold a shit whack of records and is probably the best known Police song. Side 2 has the two other big hits and ends with what is probably my favourite song on the album: Tea in the Sahara - or at least my vinyl ended with that. It's nice to see Murder By Numbers included in the re-release. That was a pretty good song to be excluded from the album. Leaving that song off and including Mother must have driven Sting bee-shit crazy.
Incredible cohesive album with classics I didn't know were The Police
Ich hatte das schlimmste befürchtet, bin aber mehr als angenehm überrascht worden. Der bekannteste Song der Platte ist gleichsam der am wenigsten dafür typische, was der Platte unrecht tut.
Cet excellent album de Police tombe à pique puisque j'ai justement une anecdote à vous partager. Il y a aujourd'hui une semaine, il m'est arrivé une drôle de mésaventure. Il est quatorze heures lorsque je sors de mon lieu de travail et m'en vais barouder dans le centre-ville pour m'acheter des vêtements. N'en trouvant pas à ma convenance, je décide plutôt d'aller chez le coiffeur. En sortant du salon sur les coups de dix-huit heures, je suis extrêmement satisfait de ma coupe. Le dégradé est impeccable et mes cheveux ont retrouvé de la souplesse. Cette magnifique journée est toutefois sur le point de basculer. Je rejoins mon arrêt de bus et attends patiemment que ce dernier arrive à l'heure prévue. Mon enceinte JBL FLIP 5 crache pendant ce temps l'album de John Zorn dans toute la rue. Soudain, deux personnes m'encerclent : « Bonsoir monsieur, nous sommes the Police. - Le groupe de musique ou les vrais policiers ? - Les vrais policiers. Nous recherchons une personne ayant volé une dizaine de costumes des New York Dolls. La victime décrit le malfaiteur comme un homme équipé d'une enceinte JBL FLIP 5 à la main et ayant une coiffure satisfaisante et le cheveu souple. - Mais c'est quoi ce délire, c'est eltrapeze qui vous envoie ? - Pas du tout, vous savez très bien qu'eltrapeze est interdit de séjour en Basse-Saxe. On va vous palper et fouiller votre sac. » Les policiers commencent alors à me palper et à fouiller mon sac. « Tiens tiens tiens, et que voilà ?.. » dit soudain la policière en sortant une perruque blonde et des talons aiguilles de ma poche avant. J'avais été piégé. L'enquête est aujourd'hui toujours en cours, je vous tiendrai donc informés de la suite des événements dans des critiques ultérieures.
If only it wasn't Sting. I really like a lot of the music on this album, theres some really good stuff. But then Sting opens his mouth and it's like listening to fingernails on chalkboards. I'venever been able to handle his voice, it really scrapes on my nerves. Such a shame because I could easily love some of these songs were the music accompanied by someone less Sting.
Massively overrated band overall, this album is decent enough
Comme vous le savez désormais, avant même les débuts du générateur des 1001, j'étais déjà en train d'essayer de confectionner le parfait générateur pirate. Alors qu'aujourd'hui trois superbes générateurs pirates me permettent de générer de nouveaux albums à volonté, les premiers prototypes étaient beaucoup moins convaincants. Par exemple, l'un des premiers prototypes ne me proposait que des albums de The Police. Après deux albums écoutés dans la douleur, j'abandonnais logiquement ce prototype, la faute à une diversité vous l'aurez compris pour le moins discutable. Je garde depuis un très mauvais souvenir du groupe The Police, et c'est pour cela que je lui accorde la note de 3/5.
In which an insufferable prick, aided by more than competent musicians, makes a song about being a creeper.
I did not like a the juice
44 minutes too long.
Several great songs that I forgot about, a good reminder of how much I actually enjoy The Police.
Murder by numbers, king of pain, and of course, every breath you take are classics. Great album
I am surprised that I didn’t favourite every single track on the album.
J’adore l’album, vraiment toutes les tounes ont quelque choses! A reecoute 5*
Very creative take on classic rock / new wave sounds, with some jazzy elements, some punk, some reggae sounds, etc. Andy's tone is always on point.
One of best pop albums of the 80s. Synth pop, new wave, classic melodies, jazz vibes... not a single bad song. What a way to finish a career...
So many memories in one album! One of the greats
Any one of The Police's albums could rate as a favorite. This one hits all of the sweet spots for me. It keeps just enough of the punk/reggae vibe of their earlier works, but expands a slightly more mainstream rock milieu. It spawned quiet a few hits (all of them deserving, IMO) and even the lesser tracks still have a lot going for them. As a whole, the album is rather dark with it's investigations into murder, stalking, oppression, devilry and just the weight of day-to-day existence amongst the uncertainty of the world. The album kicks off with the almost discordant Synchronicity I, full of ambiguous lyrics, soaring vocals, and jamming piano & guitar. Sting gets a little preachy, but cheekily so, in Walking in Your Footsteps, with great tribal percussion lending weight to the musical message. O My God might be the weakest link for me, but still has a pretty good jazzy hook and a sound that Sting will move more toward in his solo work. Ditto the story aspect of Tea in the Sahara, which could easily come off of his Ten Sumner's Tales album. Many people react against Mother (Andy Summer's sole writing/singing credit) and feel it's too far afield from the rest of the album. Personally, I dig it's weirdness and primal angst, and musically, the Middle Eastern sounds of the oboe and the funky time signature. Miss Gradenko (Stewart Copeland's sole writing credit) hints at a corporate/government scenario rife with danger & intrigue. Murder By Numbers is as Dirty Deeds-esque lyric paired with a bouncy, fun melody for an ironic look at hired violence. Then there are the biggies, tracks 6-9: Synchronicity II is probably my fave track with it's cynical look at a day in the life of the working man. I can never be in a traffic jam without feeling like lemming packed in shiny metal box. Every Breath You Take, King of Pain, and Wrapped Around Your Finger all earned their place on the airwaves & the charts, each distinct, and yet also of a piece - much like side two from any number of Beatles albums. This album is a masterwork from a band at the top of their game. That they called it quits right after is in some ways disappointing, but may have been the best call they could make, as they clearly went out on top.
I was about to give up on this project. I really was; then I drew this record. I love the whole project. Prog rock, reggae, dancehall, dub, soul - so much blended into one unique sound. Reminds me of 311. Also one of the greatest songs of all time. So I’m finally proud to give an album 5 STARS on this journey. Hopefully the first of many. 🔥🔥. Favorites: Synchronicity I, Mother, Miss Gradenko, Every Breath, King of Pain
Is it true that in 1983 Sting was busted for smuggling the Kentucky Waterfall into London? [shake magic 8-ball] ... Syncronicity has got to be their weakest album, but still ranks high as a solid album without any duds. Tea in the Sahara song is probably the only one that's a waste of time, it makes me think of the Ten Summoner's Tales release after the Police broke up. Listenable, but not something worth searching for. Sure, "Mother" is a strange song, but there's an odd pleasure to it. And it probably served Sting better to answer the phone and write "Mother" than reject the calls and listen to his brother and sister ask "why don't you answer the phone when mom calls...?" every time he sees them. The Police was a super-accessible band. There's a ton of radio on this album, Every Breath, Synchronicity II, Murder by Numbers, I think this whole album was played on the FM growing up. Even Miss. Gradenko, which is probably the best track, got airplay. Finally, some 80's without Saxophone and suckage. The pace of some of these like King of Pain and Wrapped Around Your Finger are sleepy, but this whole album makes me think of growing up on Top 40. So perhaps I'm the wrong person to review this but Synchronicity is like a gateway drug to the good stuff. Earlier Police stuff is less refined, less acceptable and a whole lot more fun.
While equal parts disturbing, catchy and hypnotizing- Synchronicity IS the best Police Album. I recently acquired it on vinyl, and when I heard it as a collection of songs I was blown away. I consider myself a casual police fan- I like their sound but I've never gone out of my way to listen to them. I can tell you now this is gonna change. 6/5 Awesome album. Will listen to on repeat for the next 7 months
Great album. Happy the whole way through. 4.6. Well maybe not Mother.
Great album by a great band. "Synchronicity II" and "King of Pain" are high points, but the entire album is a classic. This and Ghost in the Machine are my favorite albums by them.
Great listen, works together as an album with a huge hit in the middle.
The non-Sting tracks are the weak ones, of course, but this is a classic.
Where do I start? I still remember hunching over the record at the shop, wondering if I should spend all my money on it or not. I chose not to. [Several years later, I bought all The Police on CD.] I still think Synchronicity is the lesser of the better Police albums, with Reggatta de Blanc being significantly superior. But that doesn't mean Synchronicity is a bad album, not in any way; it is clearly the work of mature musicians delivering the goods while also experimenting, which is what stands it apart from the previous Police albums. It's also a story of 2 sides: side 1 is the more experimental affair (Mother stands out in everything, but the two Synchronicity songs as well as Walking in Your Footsteps also stand out for their social statement). Side 2, on the other hand/side, is where magic happens, with songs that are deeply personal and creative. Every Breath You Take was a moment in history, when the whole world listened to the same song for weeks on weeks; such phenomenon doesn't happen anymore, in a world where everyone carries their own personal radio station on them. And can you imagine a song such as Wrapped Around Your Finger charting as well as it did, with all the creativity (here's looking at you, Stewart Copeland) it's bursting with? For side 2, for the history it made, and for the maturity it displays, Synchronicity deserves the perfect score.
Amazing, one of my favorite
This is a perfect album. Lots of variety but no throwaway tracks.
Amazing album from start to finish. Really takes me back to the summer before my senior year in high school, when you couldn't turn on the radio without hearing Every Breath You Take. The hit songs are great, but the songs I really love from this album are the less popular numbers, especially Walking in Your Footsteps and Tea in the Sahara. 5 stars.
Fantastic numbers, superbly executed
Great. A few weird tracks, but fantastic.
Excellent songs, world influences on the rhythms and sounds, synchronicity II is one of the hallmark songs of the 80’s (and my favorite Police song), terrific musicianship top to bottom: guitar chords and sounds that were unorthodox but worked terrifically with the vocal melodies, drum parts that surprised me with their complexity, and of course terrific bass lines paired with the songwriting. All around great work, five star album from a five star band
Candidate for the best Police album, and the only one I frequently come back to listen start to finish. This album doesn't feel like any other. It places you in this surreal futuristic world that feels like several 80s movies snippeted together with scissors and glue. The most remarkable feature that sets this album apart from others is how the first half (more like a third) is full of unusual picks, nothing to really sing and dance to, but then the second half has exactly that, all the hits. This is the opposite of how music is normally done in like every album. And usually, this is a fault, but I find it very interesting how well it works here. Usually you listen to an album like this, you start off with the hits you love, and then the last half or so is full of "whatever nobody cares," except for possibly the closer. I feel that this formula actually works well in the context of this album, and enhances its replayability. Maybe not for people who don't like this kind of music. But if you did, it does place greater emphasis on those beginning tracks that deserve it. The titular opener straps us into an F-Zero-esque high speed race, accompanied by the bleak colors on the cover. The second track feels like a jungle. It's so strange how the tracks on the first half don't scream out, giving proper attention to the unique production. Just hear how "O My God" phases in... very weird to me. It's funky but doesn't have insane dance hooks of the second half. And not to mention the avant-garde jazz solo that's a callback to their prior album, Ghost in the Machine, transitioning to everyone's favorite "Mother." I seem to be the only guy who likes it... it's like the tracks get more and more stranger until we reach this Eastern-style pinnacle of mental breakdowns before snapping into reality with "Miss Gradenko," prepping for the fun music that "Synchronicity II" starts with. "Synchronicity II" is one of my favorite Police songs. I love singing and dancing to it, but I never know the lyrics. Fantastic chorus and power transitions, wonderful work all around on the guitar, drums, and synths. You can tell with that solo that they've really learned a lot from the Ghost in the Machine, and I'm really glad you could still hear this song on classic hit radio (in the US at least). "Every Breath You Take" is that pop outlier that doesn't really fit in the rest of the album, kinda disrupts the flow, and is the #1 reason why I wouldn't claim this album is perfectly coherent, although it's pretty darn close. But then again, it's an amazing pop mellow pop song with a heartbreaking story about divorce. We return with the dance hits with "King of Pain." The synths are the star here, especially in 3-4 minute mark. I really like the muted guitar interludes (before it's louder solo), but there's also a nice beat and catchy chorus. "Wrapped Around Your Finger" has my favorite synths and Sting's vocals. Really smooth, utilizing motifs from the first half, building up to that chorus that reminds us why it's on the second half. It has a bit for everyone, hard to dislike. "Tear in the Sahara" is a personal favorite. At this point, people are probably tuning out. Again, great synths, original and really sets the setting rather than forcing its way in. "Murder by Numbers" is a fitting closer, feels like a jazz nightclub, although I like how louder it gets in the latter half. Few complains, but overall an outstanding album that I recommend to anyone. One of the pinnacle New Wave albums, and certainly their best effort.
для тех готов громкие и качающие барабаны. в альбоме мировой хит, остальные песни средние, но есть интересные моменты. вокал и гармонические инструменты звучать склеенно. достаточно ровные по динамике, вокал утоплен
Love the police!
Excellent, varied, catchy
Tea in the Sahara and Murder by Numbers are so good and I have never heard them before. Mother is weird and disturbing, though...
Love this album for start to finish. Bought it for my dad when I was a kid and managed to record it to tape before his birthday, but had to remember not to play it in front of him until after his birthday. Great tunes right the way through. Highly polished and well produced.
Thirteen year old me from 1983 would proudly announce that Side 2 is perfect, especially if you got it on cassette with "Murder By Numbers" as the last song. The two Synchronicity songs that bookend Side 1 are bangers. The issue lies with throwing a bone to Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland, especially on the dreadful "Mother" on which Summers actually sings lead. No wonder Sting wanted to go solo, there's no need for that shit. But Copeland and Summers brought out the best of Sting. Seven classics (eight if you include the aforementioned Murder By Numbers, which is a wonderful throwaway that proves Sting had a fully functional sense of humor). I eventually wore out that cassette from playing and rewinding Side 2 so many times, listening for hours on end. I went as long as I could, and considering Sting's notorious practice of tantric sex, that seems appropriate.
Every breath you takeee
Mother still grates on me but Synchronicity remains my favorite Police album
Brilliant. 5/5 Standouts: Synchronicity I, Walking in your Footsteps, Every Breath You Take, King of Pain, Wrapped Around Your Finger, Synchronicity II The rest of the songs are exceptional as well: Mother, Tea In the Sahara, Miss Gradenko and O My God. I had the LP of this album growing up so new to me is the bonus song: Murder by Numbers. But, I have to admit, after hearing it, it did sound familiar.
Definitely more of a singles band, but this album is great. Swings about styles nicely!
This is some excellent pop music. Sting gets some flak for his "world music" touches, but here it comes across as rather innocent. And many of songs just sound good, which goes a long way in the genre. The singles are great songs, but there's something special about the opener that never quite gets realized.
What a beautiful album! Not quite A or S tier for me yet.
Interesting album, great opener with some other great 4 star songs, overall a good 4 star album
Classic. Have my Dad’s copy on vinyl and it gets love every now and again.
My first 'Police' album. Like so many others, I've heard 'Every Breath You Take' countless times, but the rest of this album has plenty to offer. The music is such a unique blend of new wave and alt rock. Well worth a listen.
It's a great album, one of my favorites. Previously listened during my run-through of the Rolling Stone's Top 500 Albums of All-Time!
I’ve always enjoyed Sting’s work and his stuff with The Police is great.
Only police you can trust
Completely caught off guard by this album which I thoroughly enjoyed. From psychedelic songs like Mother to the classic Every Breath You Take. This is why I appreciate this project. Giving me newfound appreciation for artists that I'm familiar with but never properly listened to.
I liked this more than expected. Learned the names of some songs I actually didn't know I knew.
Excellent. Some of the Police's best singles. 7-8/10
actually more punk than their famous songs. high 3 / low 4
I wore out my vinyl of this back in the day.
this is a well put together album. worth it to listen to it all the way through. i thought the songs were upbeat, had compelling lyrics. the police have begun to grow on me
Every song on this album was good, some of them pretty great, with one notable exception: "Mother" is God awful.
One of my favourite bands. This album clearly shows growth in the songwriting of Sting and a more mature production from their other releases. Not the most quintessential Police album but powerful one nevertheless.
Every Breath You Take" Released: 13 May 1983 "Wrapped Around Your Finger" Released: 8 July 1983 "Synchronicity II" Released: 21 October 1983 "King of Pain" Released: 2 January 1984
7. I liked that one song that talked about dinosaurs and had some christian themes going on. Like, I didn't actually like the song but it was nice to think about dinosaurs
Very nice album :) I liked the title song in 2 parts, it tied together the album as a unified piece and the change in tone towards more desperation as it progressed was great
What a weird and silly album. "Mother" was incredibly disturbing (and they ended it w a gong?), but "Walking in Your Footsteps" was pretty groovy. 8 for me
Really good overall, gets an 8 from me. however Mother is Not Fun to listen to and Tea in the Sahara is just annoying
I have never listened to a Police album. I have to say, this is way weirder than I was expecting. Pretty damn good. Would listen again.
I own this album, but I haven't listened to it in a long time. Some of the more popular tracks have accumulated a little more baggage for me, which keeps this from scoring a 5. I still like this album. I have heard every album from the Police (there are only 5), and Synchronicity is the band at their best. My favorite tracks are "Synchronicity II", "King of Pain", and "Walking in Your Footsteps". The album is oddly dark, but the Police find so many new and different sounds. I would listen to this album again, but if you were in the car with me I would probably skip "Mother" for your sake. I don't think that "Mother" is very far off in it's mood compared to the rest of the odd darkness of this album. ¿Does Andy need some help?
The first side of this one is, yeah, it's okay. Then the second side hits you over and over again and puts you in a pretty good Police state.
i already knew and liked all songs EXCEPT MOTHER wth. they were like lets take a little break then back to normal lolll. quirky kings. synchronicity ii and king of pain and wrapped around your finger are my faves here. love the lyrics. so! its kinda my parents music? like they were huge fans and played their albums a lot. so not something i could have my own connection with. but it does sound great lol..
This album was pretty blasé until mother...
One of my all time favorite albums.
Oh yes The Police
I'd been burnt out by the Police due to hearing their singles way too many times. But damn this is a good album. Such precise drum, bass and guitar work and Sting's voice soars over everything and elevates it all. Great album.
One of the great albums of the 80's. Timeless, it doesn't age. Great work by the 3 members. King of Pain, Synchronicity II and Murder by Numbers are outstanding; Wrapped Around Your Finger is in another league altogether.
Really like this album. Uplifting, interesting
Though it has some less melodic and more interesting pieces... and there is probably a whole star removed for Mother being here... the album is still great to revisit with multiple exceptional songs... in addition to the bigger hits, I really enjoy Murder by Numbers.
I hadn't remembered that there were all those classic bass lines... great album of my youth.
Most of this record still holds up, but there just a couple duds in my ears. Sting's voice is still one of the greatest ever.
4 maybe purely on the strength of every breath you take. Strange to have an album where all the main singles are on the second half.
A classic rock great album! I've loved these guys for years so this is not new to me, but even the less popular songs on this one are solid - if a little quirky. Is it "great" all the way through? I don't think so, but it's definitely very good all the way through with a handful of outstanding songs.
The beginning and ending of this album is not good at all but the middle is unbelievable. Sometimes it's hard to tell if you like a song or you're just familiar with it, but the 4 songs I knew (Synchronicity II, Every Breath You Take, King of Pain, Wrapped Around Your Finger) are enough to make this a great album. I also liked Miss Gradenko which I don't think I've heard before.
Got better with each song I played
Simply great. I will definitelly come back to this album in the future. Mother is the single track that didn't grab me immediatelly because of how different it is but I'll probably like it more with consecutive listening. Everything else on this album is just consistently good.
Every breath you take - единственная песня на слуху, которая отзывается.
Fun—lots of funky and dark imagery here, which is not what I had associated with The Police. Murder by Numbers, King of Pain—definitely dark undertone that reinforce my notion that Every Breath You Take is about a stalker. Fun also to see Sting on “Only Murders in the Building” and wondering if there are any jokes related to this album
I love the Police, but always find this album incredibly strange. First half is pretty terrible, then all of a sudden Every Breath You Take enters and it gets good.
Love this album Small pocket of songs in the first half are a bit boring but the rest of the album more than makes up for it
I love the space-rock energy of this album. The singles aren't the strongest tracks in my opinion, but the instrumentals on here are pretty great.
A really good album covering many styles and genres. It feels like it's sitting on the cusp between punk, prog, pop, rock and reggae. Throw in a bit of jazz influence too. Side two has the hits and the album fizzles out a bit at the end but overall a really solid entry.
One of my favorite 80s albums for sure.
Still manages to sound tremendously modern to my ears all these decades on. Despite a few missteps (that inexplicable fade-in on Oh My God) it's about as good as The Police get.
There's probably a reason why the best The Police album is one of their Best Of - as they produce some stunning pop tunes, and some dirge as this album shows. 2nd half of this album 5/5, 1st half 3/5
Awesome album but Mother drags the whole album down 1 star
This is a pop album?? Complex, challenging and very different from the big single Every Breath You Take.
WTF is Mother? Good overall.
Killer singles. Album cuts just ok.
I really like this. The big hits are clearly brilliant (king of pain being my fav), but the other album tracks are top drawer too. Not as much reggae as I expected. Synchronicity I was great. Mother is nuts
Is it weird that I can hear elements of Spyro in this album? Just goes to show how much of a musical genius Steward Copeland is!
Really awesome. Makes me want to hear more of the Police!
Knew I loved this band but was not familiar with any of their non-radio hits. 4.5/5
No real complaints. In synchronicity
I enjoyed many of the other tracks more than the hit "every breath you take".
Cuando los 80s no apestaban tanto
Includes their all-time greatest hit, but lots of other greats too. I especially liked "Walking in Your Footsteps" and "Synchronicity II"
Every Breath you take!
No matter how many times I listen to ‘Mother’ it just sounds out of place in comparison to the rest of ‘Synchronicity’, which is a great, if somewhat ponderous album overall, and the sound of a band approaching breaking point whilst simultaneously becoming the biggest band in the world.
The album itself is almost a greatest hits package. I haven't listened to Synchronicity top to bottom in ages and as a whole it plays much better than each track individually.
All of the hits are in the second half of the album. It was a fun listen.
The Police sure knew where to end it with this classic record. Filling it to the brim with fun bops around every corner. Not all of it lands for me, but it's still a great listen. Favorites: "Synchronicity II", "King Of Pain", "Murder By Numbers"
What an utterly strange album. When a band has more than one major mainstream hit I tend to assume that their work is pretty conventional across the board. Well, in this case, I stand corrected. This is actually a very bizarre album, particularly the track "Mother". I can't call it my favorite track but it was certainly the most memorable. Fave track? The obvious choice would be I'll Be Watching You but I actually think it's the opening track, Synchronicity I.
Premiere moitié insane, deuxieme moitié plus pop friendly. Perd un peu en intensité mais IL Y A LA CHANSON DU STALKER
Sparse, urgent tracks propelled along by Copeland’s inspired drumming and Sting’s excellent bass, this doesn’t sound like a band on the verge of breaking up but a band in - well, synchronicity? There’s a compelling groove and mood throughout and, the awful ‘Mother’ aside, a satisfying cohesiveness to these slightly odd and discombobulated narratives. A genuine eighties classic still sounding good today.
A really good album. There's a lot of big hits to be found here and frankly I feel they all deserved to be. Mother is a weird song, but I don't hate it. It just doesn't fit and should've been scrapped. I don't think it's quite 5 star level but it is definitely a good listen.
Listened to the remastered 2003; liked the familiar classics and title song
Good album by the Police, just the song ‘Mother’ was weird and unnecessary for me. Favourite songs: - Every breath you take - Murder by numbers
Great album, some of the slower stuff is bleh
Solid. Sting is from my neck of the woods so may be a little bias. “Every Breath You Take” is a classic and made all the more impressive that it was written in minutes!
A couple duds (especially Mother) but overall it was pretty enjoyable! The title tracks are especially good.
The proggiest Police album, with a lot of similarities to 80s-era Rush, plus it has a song about dinosaurs. Has some cool and weird deep cuts, like Walking in Your Footsteps, O My God, and Mother. The title tracks are bangers. Still not into Every Breath You Take though. Boring song.
Never really dug into The Police properly before even though I've liked the hits I've heard. This is way weirder than I expected, mostly in a good way. Production is tight and I like the spacy atmosphere. "Mother" is awesomely strange and theatrical. "Every Breath You Take" has always been an earworm. "Synchronicity II" bangs.
Really liked this album. Mother is weird and like Birthday Party. I actually thought the singles stood out as not fitting with the rest
Well this album certainly has some of The Police's best and best known songs. The hits are some of the classics from the era. The early part of the album has some strangely dissonant songs that are no where of the quality of the second half particularly the song Mother which sounds like it could be from a Birthday Party album. It sounds soooo out of place on this album that I had to vheck that Tidal hadn't started a random play. The hits are impressive the rest... not so much. 4 🌟
New wave. Un megahit. Un 4.
Not my favorite, but still solid. A classic
A production masterpiece that was also a nightmare to complete. This was effectively a swan song for the tumultuous three known as The Police. Egos at odds, but bright ideas brimming at the seems. Pressure truly can make a diamond (see: Fleetwood Mac's Rumours). Is this the Police's Rumours? It certainly feels that way.
While I technically did not listen to this, I pretty much know this album back to front, having owned it on cassette and having played it to death when I was much younger. It's a funny little album - it sounds very different from what went before and it leans a little more world music. The lyrics too were pretty out there - I always remember that one song that finishes up with a shadow on the door of a cottage on a Scottish loch and it's about pollution ... or environmental damage... or maybe I just completely didn't get it. I love the title track, Tea in the Sahara and there's another song about some stalkery dude that's pretty good as well.
When this album was released, I dismissed it because I was "Policed-out" and lost interest in the band and wasn't interested too much in the songs or the music videos that accompanied the record. I saw the band during this tour and was impressed how well the songs translated live and they were still at the top of their game as a live band. Reflecting back and listening now, I realize Synchronicity is a solid record (I still prefer their first two albums the most) and it was an appropriate "swansong" for their final album. Sting went on to...yeah, you know what happens...
The band's final and best album, Synchronicity blueprints all the cynicism of the 80s in one artistic statement, focusing on the uniformity driven into us by the tendencies of societal conformity, and how though we may all look alike, we are alienated and dissociated from one another, in some dystopian world where God isn't dead--He's sadistic. And where you have to yell over your Rice Krispies if you expect anyone to pay attention to your bogus suicide attempts.
Enjoyable with the exception of Mother... don't like that one at all.
I had forgotten just how good this album is, police at their best imho
1 hitt ja ülejäänud lood suht samasugused?
Jednim uchem dovnitř, druhym ven
Some fantastic songs, and some annoying stuff.
My overall take with this album is that it is pretty enjoyable, with the exception of a few songs that are a little weird lyrically (Mother, Every Breath You Take, I haven’t liked EBYT like... ever). I really liked King of Pain and Miss Gradenko. Murder By Numbers was pretty good too (a ‘messed up’ song that I enjoyed). I’d give it a 3.5 but I’m going to round down this time.
Well the album is okay up until Mother, which is an absolute chore of a song. The album picks up again with Synchronicity II and Every Breath You Take. Wrapped around your finger is another great some. Why did they bury all of the best songs on this album in the latter half? I really think that I might actually like this album if the songs were rearranged a bit and Mother was dropped entirely. 3/5
Pretty good 80s sounds.. The Police are fine, I don’t think they’re necessary listening but certainly not offensive
Yeah, not bad.
6/10 Some good songs, sometimes a little overblown for my taste. Can't knock sting's musicianship though
-Miss Gradenko is solid -Synchronicity 2 reminds me of guitar hero -Every Breath you Take is always good (pure nostalgia). -King of Pain is also pretty good -Wrapped around your finger= ZZZZZZZ
It's The Police so it's bound to be good in some capacity.
It was fine, didn't particularly grab me.
Nunca le había entrado a The Police y conocía la obvia y quizá un par más. Por algo será. La verdad me doy cuenta que no me gusta la voz de Sting cuando hace falsete y que sus arreglos para bajo/batería son a veces exagerados. Terrible la canción de Mother, pero sí me alcanzó a gustar Tea In The Sahara.
3.5| Vamos a verlo del lado oscuro. Mother es una canción impactante para un disco lleno de rock suave y pop, Every breathe you take es una balada que muchos le han dado un significado erróneo y hasta la han dedicado seguramente sin saber que es el producto de una relación que hoy dirían "tóxica". El disco está lleno de rolas fuertes y nada bonitas en cuanto a los sentimientos.
Good album, plenty of variety here and showcases what Sting and the boys could do. 6.5/10
FTP 1312 and so on and so forth The album is fine, I guess. I don't find it particularly exciting.
sting is a horny creepy weirdo and damn can you tell. Even putting aside 'mother' which sting didn't write but 'was a big fan of'. || I think the first half of the album sounds like slightly better than average rock, and the second half is clearly sting beginning to leave the police and write pretty good pop music as a solo artist. I can't stomach giving it a 4, but 3 feels too low. Oh well.
Musically very solid and eclectic (not always in a positive way). Some jarring changes that make it not super cohesive as an album but I really like the songs. More groove than I expected. 3.6
I only remember EBYT
Walking in Your Footsteps and Mother are both pretty horrible, there are some classics, and some meh stuff. Overall probably averages out to a 6
Sting is so hit or miss vocally. I wish that there was more consistency, because some stuff really rocks me.
Never been crazy about the Police but this was honestly some pretty solid pop. Also a lot of experimentation on this album (not all of it great, but I commend the effort). Synchronicity 2 did have me grooving a little bit. I did think the song "Walking in Your Footsteps was Hilarious," because Sting literally wrote a song about how Brontosaurus walked so humans can run. For that song alone we're going with a 3 here.
Z dyskorafii milicyjnej znam tylko dwa albumy, reggatta de blanc i pik dzisiejszego dnia, czyli synchronicity, jest to album w ktorym dosc mocno banda odeszla od klimatow okolo regowych, zeby zanurzyc sie w tym czym staly lata 80, wiec w odkrywaniu na nowo dawno zapomnianych gatunkow, no i synthow, bo to one stanowia o trzonie melodycznym tego albumu, chociaz nie jest to jeszcze tak natretne wykorzystanie jak na ostatnim radioheadzie, bo znajda sie tu takze traki bez zmodowanego dzwieku, o bardziej klasyczno rokowym brzmieniu czego dobrym przykladem jest zamykajacy murder by numbers, ktory poza swietnymi gitarkami broni sie mocno stingowymi wokalami, ktore czesto nie brzmia jakby moglyby byc lepiej nagrane, ale zostawione sa z swoimi niedoskonalosciami, nawet cos tak glupiego nadaje autentycznosci kawalkow jak dla mnie, bo najbardziej znane szlagiery z tej plyty, to bardziej popowe granie niz rokowanie, jak jeden z najwiekszych hitow ekipy, czyli every breath you take, ktory jest przeszywajacym otwarciem drugiej strony, to chyba wlasnie na takich kawalkach dobrze widac najmocniejsza strone the police, czyli w tym wypadku to bedzie liryczna zabawa konceptami, bo z jednej strony jest to album pop rokowy, ktory sprzedal sie dobrze i byl lub nadal jest sluchalny, a z drugiej strony za tytulem synchronicity kryje sie ciekawie przemycony koncept, synchronicznosc to pojecie wprowadzone do zachodniej filozofii przed junga, majace okreslac hippotetyczne znaczenie nie powiazanych ze soba zdarzen dla danego czleka, czyli odbiorcy tych zdarzen, jedna z tych teorii, ktore jesli chcialoby sie zastosowac z zyciu codziennym, to zdrowy rozsadek mozna schowac do szafy, a w odniesieniu do plyty, to przesiewajac liryke przez sito tego konceptu otrzymujemy naprawde przemyslane teksty i tak slodki love story z every breath you take nabiera kolejnego dna i wydaje sie byc wrecz przerazajacy, na plejaka obok najwiekszego szlagiera, wiec wspomnianego wyzej breatha, dorzuce king of pain i tea in the sahara, dzieki temu pikowi mam kolejna rekomendcje czytankowa, bo wyczytalem, ze glowna inspiracja dla konceptu krazka byla ksiazka the roots of coincidence koestlera, wiec czytanka na temat parapsychologii jak znalazl
It's a good album, just not exactly my favorite style of music
Some crackers, good listen, prefer their albums before this.
This is a real mixture. you really have to tip toe through all the shit to find the gold! Synchronicity II is a banger as well as every breath you take. And then the rest is pretty poor.
Every Breath you Take King of Pain
Blijkbaar ben ik geen fan van de 'New Wave'-versie van The Police...
im expecting to sorta know it.
Didn't hate it.
Tracks 6 and 10 are highlights. Interesting concepts for most tracks. Sub-melodic, but electronic drum beats abound. Tracks 2 and 12 worth a listen. Track 4 weirdest.
An old favourite.
First half quite esoteric, second half full of bangers. Need to listen again to see what all the fuss was about.
I have a memory of one of our teachers saying the lyrics of 'every step you take' in a speech about litter dropping -is that something that actually happened or...? Enjoyed the album, glad it wasn't one of the ones where sting puts on a cringey jamaican accent. There was one song I really liked but forgotten what it was called now.
Not bad Not great
It's not bad, but it's my least favorite album by The Police, so I'm giving it three stars.
Fun album, and everyone likes Every Breath You Take. Not as cohesive as I would have liked, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Album krenuo dost dobro, pjesma Mother je sve. Općenito album nije loš, al sam više očekivao.
Sounds more experimental than you would assume.
Not for me at all. Can see why some might like it.
This album is named Synchronicity and there are two songs also named Synchronicity. Which one is the “title track,” I or II? Both? Neither because they aren’t technically the same as the album title? This conundrum should be a clue that someone couldn’t make up their mind about this album. By the way when in doubt, trust the math…Synchronicity II > Synchronicity I for sure. Every Breath You Take is worth a star all by itself. WTF is going on in Mother?!? That is some strange shit. The snare drum is fantastically off beat in King Of Pain. And that bookends this album for me. The offbeat characteristic is great in one case, yet completely perplexing in another. That’s how I feel about Synchronicity.
TIL that Sting is a serial killer. Seriously, wtf is “Murder by Numbers” if not a very blunt confession? Maybe your mum keeps ringing you on the telephone to check on whether all these girls you go out with make it back home. The Police have an awesome and unique sound when at their best. There are a few gems on here, but “Mother” was such weird shock it’s gonna bring it from a high-4 all the way down to a 3.
Not a bad album. Every breath you take is a classic for sure. Not a huge fan though.
// Favs: Every Breath You Take Score: Strong 3
Some classic pop-rock tunes, nothing that I'd choose to listen to specifically, though.
What a weird album. They lead with the worst songs, and throw all the bangers in the back. And to top it off, MOTHER is an abomination, and cost them a star. But when it's good it's great.
Doze. A impaciência martela na cabeça. Nunca mais acaba. Nunca nada acaba. MotA: Synchronicity II "With one breath / With one flow / You will know"
A couple of bangers and then not a lot
Just alright, but it does have their megahit on it.
Every breath you take makes up for the first part of the album but the rest isnt great.
I may have heard some other tracks by The Police before, but I only consciously knew Every Breath You Take. On the one hand, the music definitely has more variety than I expected and it's solidly executed. On the other hand, it just isn't very interesting to me.
It was like being in the 80’s Good for background. Some intense tunes.
Starts out pretty strong, gives vibes of "Take On Me". Songs are catchy. It's good but not really my cup of tea. Less interested in pop. Highlights: Synchronicity I, Mother, King Of Pain Lowlights: Every Breath You Take, Tea In The Sahara
We all know the singles are excellent. Radio play, critics and countless polls have been telling us that for decades. But blimey, there's a lot of dishwater to get through first. For me the album struggles to stay afloat after a really strong opener, flitting through weak AOR tracks with dull instrumentation and toe-curling delivery (\"Mother\"... really?). It picks up again with the brilliant Synchronicity II which kicks off a \"Greatest Hits\" style run of singles- but it seems the album is judged mainly against the strength of these 3-4 tracks. It's an effort to get there!
It's Sting. Some songs are good.
Not as good as I hoped, despite Every Breath You Take
Album is good. I really do love the creepiness of every breath you take. Other than that, many songs blend together.
Mixed bag. Some great tunes (Synchronicity II, King of Pain, Every Breath) and some not so good (Mother!). A band about a to go their separate ways and it shows
Heerlijk police album met niet enorm veel hits erop. Beetje zweverige gitaar vibe, wel anders dan de andere album. Iets minder poppy
A classic album, but I rarely listen to the entire album. Turns out, there is some real weird shit on here. Looking at you, "Mother"
When Sting ruled the world. One of those asshole ego maniacs that treated "his band" like shit. You want to hate him, but can't argue with the songwriting on this album. The weakest tracks are the ones by the guitarist and drummer so also hard to feel sorry for them if this was their best effort.
Some of these were okay. Murder by numbers is an interesting idea. Overall not super blown away
Some pretty catchy sing-along tunes. I won’t cop the lie that the track ‘Mother’ made it onto the album on purpose. Sting was pretty good at digging Timmy O’Toole out of that well.
Almost immediately upon hearing this album I recalled that the drummer for The Police did the soundtrack for Spyro the Dragon. This isn't my favorite Police album, stand out tracks for me are O My God, Every Breath You Take, King of Pain, and Wrapped Around Your Finger.
Decent album, Every Breathe You Take is the standout track. Some slightly more... out-there tracks as well.
Mix of good and bad songs.
Some good. Some strange
Definitely not the best album from The Police, but really good nonetheless. The biggest hits come from tracks 6-9, and the rest of the songs are good. Saying this is The Police's worst album may be true, but it's just because the rest of their work is unbelievable.
This was the album that put them into the stratosphere. I didn’t like it as much when it came out although Synchronicity I is one of my favorite songs. It hasn’t held up well… at least for me.
I grew up listening to 'The Police - Their Greatest Hits' so I'm well familiar with Every Breath You Take, King of Pain and Wrapped Around Your Finger. These are Good Songs (the first two especially) and put a couple of stars in the bank early doors. But what about the rest of the album? Well, Kent, it's a mixed bag, both in style and quality. Synchronicity I is a good start. Then there's a song about dinosaurs which, it seems, heavily influenced the Dino Dino Jungle soundtrack in Mario Kart. There's some 80s funk stuff, a jazzy number to finish, and 'Mother', which is a real contender for the most mental track the generator has thrown up so far. Andy Summers, you weirdo! Predictable it ain't. But, all in all, not nearly as good as the greatest hits. EDIT: I've listened a couple more times. Now trying to decide if it's actually a work of genius. Well, is it?? 3.5
It turns out Every Breath You Take isn't the only creepy song they wrote. Is this a cry for help? Best track: Every Breath You Take
First half of the album is pretty forgettable, second half is getting a bit better
With the exception of a couple of weird and not so great tracks, this album is for the most part pretty good and nice to listen to.
A pretty meddling police album. It has the 80s toned to it and feels as if it’s them trying to be edgy and different. Every breath you take is great even if it’s weird. Mother is pretty rough and everything else is ok. 6.3/10
The Apple Music master isn’t great quality unfortunately but good to revisit this. The strength is in the old side b as it starts timidly and only gets good halfway through.
Mother was one of the worst songs I’ve ever heard but everything else was okay
3/5 good but not enough
Finally, an 80s album that doesn’t overstay its welcome or choose the worst synth presets possible. Some tight, punchy compositions on this one using great interplay between guitars and synths. Sting’s almost improvisational bass and crooning vox on top yield an overall solid listening experience.
Shite first half, and great second one you get to evry breathe. 3
shiny stadium pop, let down occasionally by Big Words Crammed Into Lyrics Just To Show Off (Mephistopheles) and Clunky/Smartass Rhymes (College / Knowledge)
Just remove the experimental rock-ish side 1 and this album could be one of the of the most decent and slick new-wave EP's of the '80s.
This album really cemented The Police as a singles band for me. I felt like most of this record was well-heeled, but ultimately kind of boring. Side B really picked things up, though, particularly Synchronicity II > King of Pain. Rating: 2.5/5 Favourite tracks: Synchronicity II, Every Breath You Take, King of Pain.
A couple of tracks on Synchronicity were really compelling, especially the sonic continuity of the second half of the record. Just wanted to point out that "Mother" might be one of the most unappealing tracks I've suffered through since the Jamiroquai record. The album starts off great with Synchronicity I, immediately falls off a cliff and when all hope is lost, recovers on Side B. Wild stuff. Fav Tracks: Synchronicity I/II, King of Pain, Every Breath You Take and Murder By Numbers
This album was probably the peak of their output as a band. The album seemed to stray a little bit from their reggae light sound to more of a pop sound. The album has some good singles but the album itself seems a bit uneven. There seems to be Sting songs and then songs by the other two members, the Sting songs being the best. Favorite Songs: I'll Be Watching You, King of Pain. 3 out of Stars
Not my favorite police album, could never hear EBYT again and be fine with it. Can understand why it was popular, very original at the time. “mother” one of the shittiest songs to ever be recorded. King of pain is sublime.
Final studio album by the Police. Can you detect the fact they almost were not speaking? Is the increased use of sequencers to give a backbone to songs that prevent them having the play together? A great record of a band falling apart? They are clearly tight enough as a unit to sound like they are playing the same thing even when not speaking. I think this is about the only Police album that I don't own, so there was some fresh material here, especially on side 1. (Interesting that all the singles are back loaded on the album, which is a weird way of tracklisting, especially such a commercially ambitious band). The singles are really strong, which makes side 2 a very compelling listen. Side 1 feels a bit like experiments and filler. The production is a bit cleaner and focused than their previous studio album, and when they are rocking, has a lot of punch. Highlights for me are Synchronicity II, which is a good example of their power and purpose.
I know a lot of people love this album... the good news for them is that they will not have to fight me for it in the record store. There are a few songs on here that I think are ok/good but overall, I've just never been super into The Police's sound. Glad I gave it a listen since it is a well-liked album but probably not one that I'd return to.
Boarder line 2 until a few trackers came through in the end
Would be 4 stars if not for the rant about his mother on the phone.
The phone yelling song.... Why?
Some enjoyable tracks here, but also some others I don’t really care for.
2.7. Bit disappointing overall. Every breath you take is so far ahead of the rest of the album it's crazy
A tale of two sides. Side A and Side B. Side A of this album is probably the weakest The Police have released in their career. Synchronicity I and II are both nicely rocking songs and save this side a bit. Especially II. The songs "Mother" and "Miss Gradenko" take away at least one star from the album. So incredibly bad. Then comes part B, starting with the overplayed "Every Breath You Take," followed by everything The Police became admired for in "The King Of Pain." "Wrapped Around Your Finger" and "Tea In The Sahara" belong to the best that the Police have ever done and the jazzy "Murder By Numbers," which was, iirc, a b side to Every Breath finished this side strong. 2* for the first half of the album, 5* to the second half.
Musically excellent - side B more than Side A (albeit a little colonially culture appropriating) - classics such as “King of Pain”, “Wrapped Around Your Finger”, and “Every Breathe You Take” but lyrically - oh my. Maybe it’s just me but Sting sound like he is reciting an intel manifesto - the stalker in Every Breathe… The “Miss Gradenko” and “Tea in the Sahara” fantasies, the Freudian “Mother” and finally the Serial Killer in “Murder by Numbers”. It just gets uncomfortable to listen to with that perspective in mind - shame as otherwise the musicianship is wonderful and the hooks eerily beautiful.
p good. mother is the only song that got me engaged
Bit hit or miss. "Mother" is really strange. Sound of album is a bit dated
I kind of like this and kind of don't... Some classics, though.
Sting once said, there's nothing wrong with Pop music because there's Good Pop and there's Bad Pop, I would consider this to be Good Pop. Everyone seems to talk about King of Pain (with over 1m listens on Spotify!) but I think the best song on this album is Wrapped around your finger, with its somewhat atmospheric/ pseudo-dub sound which builds to an emotional crescendo several times in the song. Also kudos to them for experimenting with a bit of jazz in Murder by Numbers, but it foreshadows Sting's soft rock sound that he would employ ad nauseum a few years later. I'm not sure why they stuck Mother in there though, its just experimental filler.
By '83 the Police were in my rear view mirror, and songs like "Every step you take" and "Wrapped around your finger" provided the encouragement I needed to keep my foot on the gas. I like the title track, especially part 2 (with Andy Summers' guitar more upfront). Some of the others I find okay, and the last 2 songs are filler. On early Police LPs I liked the interplay between of guitar and bass but there's not much of that here. Andy Summer's vocals on "Mother" are brutal and the rhythm is different. It sounds like mid-eighties King Crimson with David Thomas (Pere Ubu) on vocals.
Hmm. I don't have a lot to say about this one. It was okay, I guess. There was nothing that stood out to me and nothing that really made me angry.
That was a trip. The songs ranged from enjoyable, to weird, to… about dinosaurs? They do have some entertaining lyrics at least.
Not up there with the first 3 albums, but still refreshing and powerful
Fijn plaatje! En ik kende stiekem behoorlijk wat nummers. Ik kan dit wel waarderen.
Het is nooit helemaal mijn ding geweest, maar klinkt wel goed en Every Breathe You Take is natuurlijk een fantastisch nummer.
Overall I e see why it is on the list. I did forget how dumb the dinosaur song was though.
Reminded me of My Life in the Bush of Ghosts a little bit. Sting really fancies himself though.
I like The Police, but really just their first couple of albums. By this point, it’s clear that they were chasing trends instead of following them. But this is also their biggest album by a wide margin, so *shrug emoji* There are good songs on here, but the best one is easily the bonus track, Murder by Numbers. I never really liked Every Breath You Take, but giving it a couple more listens, I can appreciate the tight production and Sting’s unkempt performance. It’s also leagues better than the ballads that immediately follow it, too. So yeah, it’s better than I recalled, but not the best that they’re capable of. C
I like lots of Police songs, but this album is not my favorite. It seems like they're going for a kind of Residents vibe with some of these tunes. Some bands pull off that type of theatrical weirdness well, but I don't like how it's done on Synchronicity. The hit singles are decent: Synchronicity II is a banger, and Every Breath You Take has a great guitar hook, despite being the most famous stalker anthem of all time.
Some classic Police songs. Some of the deeper cuts aren’t my favorite but the hits are great!
Found it just ok. Very boring in parts.
New wave, post punk rock, 80’er, Sting, Every Breath You Take
I thought this one would blow me away. Sadly, only one or two songs besides Every Breath You Take would be worth listening to again. Not really a fan of Sting's voice, it can be a bit grating. I don't know, I guess I at least understand the appeal of this record, there are some good songs and melodies, but as a whole, it's just fine.
Generally not a huge fan of the Police, but this album had a couple great tracks I had never heard. Certainly don't need to hear "Every Breath You Take" ever again.
Reminded me of my childhood
I’m not a Police fan, but Synchronicity 2 is a really good song.
Kann man gut hören. Zwischen 3 und 4.
Disappointed. It's a solid album but from one of the most well known bands of all time, it is remarkably okay, and just okay.
Man, the 80s really were a bad time for music. As much as I wanted to like this album, "Synchronicity" is plagued by all the worst diseases of 80s pop. Metronomic drum lines, painfully primitive synths, and saxophone solos that pop up like mushrooms wherever the mix gets dense. Seriously, what's with all the saxophones in 80s pop?! The first half of the album is an odd, muddy, mishmash of pop music tropes and mediocre songwriting. Which is why "Every Breath You Take" is such a shock when you finally get there. It is distinctly unlike everything proceeding it. The tempo slows, the production takes a big step forward, and Sting's vocal performance is suddenly deeply emotional. Is it creepy AF? Yeah, it really is. But it's also just good. Especially in the context of the rest of the album. Also, no saxophones. Win. The following track, "King of Pain" is also pretty decent. But, sadly, those two songs are the only standouts. The Police immediately step back into the pattern they established by the first half of the album with "Wrapped Around Your Finger" and it's a quick slide downhill from there to the end of the album. The Police were arguably the biggest band in the world when this album came out and, by all measures, "Synchronicity" was a massive success. But, by the time the pseudo-jazz car crash that is "Murder By Numbers" wraps up, it's painfully clear to a modern listener that the 80s were just the worst for music.
Very ska. Sting is hard to understand sometimes. Standouts: Synchronicity II Every breathe you take Murder by numbers
I really rate The Police but I didn’t love every track. Some were excellent, some so so. All in all a high 3*
Ihan pätevää soitantaa, mut biisit ei juurikaan sytytä. Sisälsi aivan liikaa renkutetun ygöskipaleen, joka sinänsä on ymmärrettävää ollakseen ainoa hittiainekset täyttävä.
I love every breath you take of course, but a lot of the other songs were not my taste, a little too experimental. about 50/50
Was very disappointed in this album, I like a few police songs but only Every Breadth You Take was on this album, I found the rest pretty forgettable
Perinteistä kasarijamittelua. Varmasti aikanaan ollut uutta ja hienoa, mutta nykyään kappaleet kuulostaa lähinnä tylsiltä ja puuduttavilta. Parilla kuuntelukerralla tämä ei tarjonnut oikein mitään erityisemmin mieleen jäävää. 2,5 joka jää kakkoseksi tällä kertaa.
Not super impressed. The sound just feels a bit one-dimensional and the lyrics aren't inspired.
Just a casual Police fan here. I liked Ghost in the Machine better, this album is a bit weird for me.
1.5 | Poca gente habla sobre la incalculable contribución que tiene Sting para la cultura popular; me refiero por supuesto a haber sido la inspiración para el diseño visual del personaje Constantine de Alan Moore, porque su música jamás la tragué. En realidad siento que The Police, incluso en este disco que es ligeramente más producido y elaborado que sus discos anteriores que llevaban esos ritmos hasta de casi ska ahuevado a ratos, representa parte del sonido ochentero que nomás nunca tragué. Ese rock-pop suave soso que pegó como la madre en su tiempo y que digamos que es el equivalente de lo que en los noventa fue el smooth jazz que también de repente pegó a lo bruto. Si hay un par de detalles por aceptar; tiene dos (quizá tres contando la obvia) canciones que me agradaron, fue ese trio seguido de Miss Gradenko, Synchronicity II y Every Breath (que la acepto como una canción bien hecha pero aun dejando de lado ya lo trillado y hablado sobre su letra se me hace muy quemada). No estoy seguro si me gustaron porque antes de ellas vino la canción Mother que fue una vergüenza total y simplemente el cambio a algo distinto me agradó o qué tanto fue mérito de las canciones pero sí me agradaron. Después de esas canciones se vuelve a caer y de vuelta de flojera el disco. Le rescato esas dos canciones nuevas aunque no es que las vaya a estar buscando.
Mother was fucking upsetting. The Police don't do it for me
Somehow I don’t think I’d ever heard this entire album. I mean, if I had I’d like to think I’d remember the song “Mother” because that’s some batshit insane inclusion here. (And the 4th track on the album, no les!) The hits range from very good to just okay, in my opinion, and the rest is whatever because I really just want to know more about what the hell “Mother” is and what it’s doing here.
I don't really love The Police's sound generally, but this was a fine listen. Biggest hit on it ("Every Breath You Take") is one of my most-hated singles of all time.
Another fine album? More misses than hits for me slightly which is always hard when I know the band does have a number of good songs. Surprisingly liked Synchronicity I which gave me hope for the rest of the album but fell short overall
Dit vind ik niet leuk. Klinkt als een mobile game ad
Vähän sekava levy. Vähän piti jo miettiä, että onko tässä Talking Heads vai Police. Hetkittäin epäilin, onko tässä jopa itse Brian Enolla näppinsä pelissä. Wikipedian mukaan ei, mutta merkit kyllä puhuvat asian puolesta. Levyltä löytyy hittislovari Every Breath You Take ja sitten sen vastapainoksi kaikenlaista kokeilua. Ei jatkoon.
So boring to listening to. Would go down as terrible if it wasn’t for a good tracks
2 good tracks of Every breathe you take and king of pain. The rest aren't up to much.
Not much cop
2/3's of the album is nonsense, redeems itself slightly near the end but too little too late
2.5 to be exact. I didn't love but I didn't hate it either.
A bit of cacophony; Every Breath You Take is actually a great song tho (minus the creepy undertones)
Singles are good, didn't really like the rest of the album and I like The Police
Was OK, a couple of stand out tracks amongst some really weird one. Definitely can see why i never got into this band though.
Första halvan var så dålig så det var nära en etta men sen blev det bättre. Så kanske en stark tvåa till och med.
Whew. To admit bias, I've never been a huge fan of Sting. However, I tried to go into this record without letting that affect my judgement. It's difficult when the first few tracks are pretty experimental, "Mother" especially (what the actual hell *was* that song, anyway?). The record hits a stride midway at "Synchronicity II", and kind of fluctuates from there. I haven't listened to "Every Breath You Take" independently in years, and it was surprisingly nice to hear in the context of the record. Still, the stride is short lived, and most of the tracks feel like... somewhere between "experimental" and "whatever, that's close enough to a song". Favorite tracks: "Synchronicity II", "King of Pain"
wanted to like this but apart from the stand out popular tracks this was not a fun listen
Not really my style, and a little bit one note musically. There are some songs I could see myself listening to in the background, but nothing I would add to my list of favorite songs. The second half of the album is better than the first. Highlights: Murder by Numbers, Every Breath You Take
Couldn't get into the groove. My fault not theirs.
15th October 2021 Listened on my phone in the morning on my last day at home home. Came third in poker at Paulie's in the evening. There's a worldliness to this sound which I didn't expect. I've known the police through songs like every breath you take but if anything that's the outlier here.
forgot it was playing because it's background music. has that one creepy song
It's ok. I'm only a fan of a few their songs.
Some of the tracks alludes the idea that therapy wouldn’t be a bad thing for these guys.
Bad 80's Coldplay. Added 1 star for Every Breath You Take.
Some of this is really hateful yes, but some really good tracks on here also. Also legit cannot believe there is a track on this about dinosaurs and I can’t decide if I should reward for this or penalise. Realistically I won’t revisit
This was all over the place. Classic songs in between terrible ones. How did I make it through life with no one ever pointing out the song Mother before? I can't believe it was real.
God what an unpleasant album.
okay but cheesy and missing reggae
That was weirdly eclectic. I like variety, but this goes a bit far for my tastes, to the extent that it seems to lack flow and is difficult to understand what it is. Every breath you take is on here. 2/5.
Not as bad as I was expecting as I hate Sting. I always like the drumming on Police songs
A fair few cool songs on here but unfortunately I can't stand Sting's stupid voice
Synchronicity II wasn’t too bad but overall just a bit of a meh album
Did not dig.
Weird. I actually like a fair number of Police songs, but this album did not do it for me. I think I liked two songs: Every Breath You Take and Wrapped Around Your Finger. The rest were all very underwhelming
I'd kinda like to give this a higher rating, because I do quite like Synchronicity II, and King of Pain was better than I thought. (I always skipped it at the beginning because it was boring.) Every Breath You Take landed better than I thought it would. A couple other songs weren't bad, like Wrapped Around Your Finger and Murder by Numbers, maybe? But I wasn't into a lot of it, and Mother was so discordant and repetitive and upsetting that I had to turn it off, the first time I've done that, actually.
Geprobeerd, maar helaas. De hitjes kan ik wel hebben. De rest kan ik weinig mee.
Nee, deze band heeft me nooit echt kunnen boeien
Instrumentally, this album is really cool, I very much fuck with their new wave angle, it’s extremely interesting and satisfying. There’s a keen ear to dynamics across the record, each track has something truly different to offer. I really dig the pacing and bursts of energy and color throughout. However, I fucking hate Sting’s vocals – he totally ruins this for me. 2
I just hate everything about 80’s recording. I mean the album has its merits but it’s just not for me, I could try and give it a 3 but that mother song is cringe af
Its like they realised half way through the album that they werent a comedy act.
Pretty good, atmospheric, easy to listen to. Not necessarily my cup of tea though.
It's more Sting than Police, but album has five good songs
I find The Police enjoyable if somewhat unremarkable. I enjoyed this album but I don't think I would ever really deliberately seek it out either. I can appreciate that it takes some risks though for such a mainstream group.
I didn't like this.
I just thought that was terrible.
This really sucks. The Police represent a lot of stuff I hate in popular music, and this, their final album, feels like a culmination of all that - the pretentious songwriting, muso navel gazing, shiny songs that glide past each other with a minimum of friction and even less to get excited about.
Fuck the Police
I’d sooner be arrested
Mostly utter tosh including some tunes that feel like they're on there as s joke.
De do do do de da da da
have on vinyl, honestly not a big fan
No, I'm not going to pretend that I like this album. The music sounds like the vaguely jazzy background musak ITV played when broadcasting a loop of Teletext pages at 4:30 AM. But this album is still quite the curiosity, as I found plenty to laugh at. Take the song Walking In Your Footsteps: it contains the couplet "Hey Mr. dinsaur/ You really couldn't ask for more". It's hard to treat that lyric portentously, yet it's in a song musing on the extinction of the dinosaurs and fearing for humanity's fate under the shadow of the nuclear weapon. Is Sting being whimsical, sardonic, bitter, absurd, or is he just unintentionally undercutting his message with a weak lyric? I don't suspect Sting of having much of a sense of humour, unless you count Old Rainforest-Breath's ads for Jaguar. Or how about the song Mother, the only one written and sung by Andy Summers? It's just bloody odd. It's like a early-60s' Halloween novelty record, and Andy sings like he's forgotten his much-needed lithium. Mind, that's probably my favourite track: at least it's having fun in its derangement. So, the best track on the album is only interesting by virtue of its madness. That doesn't augur well for the rest of the album, does it? Simultaneously pretentious and artless, The Police? More like The Poo-lice.
I’d sooner be arrested
The Police make music for people that don't like music
Instruments compete for space and occasionally falls into a cacophony. Every Breath You Take is just disturbing. Not enjoyable
Mother is the worst song I have ever heard so congratulations on that the police. This album is incredibly repetitive. Draining. Gets better after every breath you take. But fuck you sting and the police
Yikes...not a fan of the police...the music is fine, but Sting's voice sounds like what I imagine turpentine tastes like...