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Synchronicity

The Police

1983

Synchronicity

Album Summary

Synchronicity is the fifth and final studio album by English rock band the Police, released on 17 June 1983 by A&M Records. The band's most successful release, the album includes the hit singles "Every Breath You Take", "King of Pain", "Wrapped Around Your Finger", and "Synchronicity II". The album's title and much of the material for the songs were inspired by Arthur Koestler's The Roots of Coincidence. At the 1984 Grammy Awards the album was nominated for a total of five awards, including Album of the Year, and won three. At the time of its release and following its tour, the Police's popularity was at such a high that they were arguably, according to BBC and The Guardian, the "biggest band in the world".Synchronicity reached number one on both the UK Albums Chart and the US Billboard 200, and sold over eight million copies in the US. The album was widely acclaimed by critics. Praise centred on its cohesive merging of disparate genres and sonic experimentation. Rolling Stone described "each cut on Synchronicity [as] not simply a song but a miniature, discrete soundtrack". It has since been included in the magazine's lists of the "100 Best Albums of the Eighties" and the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time". In 2009, Synchronicity was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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3.39

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5425

Genres

  • Rock
  • New Wave
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Sat Mar 19 2022
5

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.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
5

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.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

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.

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Sat Apr 03 2021
3

Massively overrated band overall, this album is decent enough

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Thu Jun 17 2021
5

This was one of my first "cassette tapes"! I LOVE this album!

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Mon May 24 2021
4

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.

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Fri Sep 10 2021
3

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!

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Thu Sep 24 2020
5

Incredible cohesive album with classics I didn't know were The Police

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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

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.

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Wed Jun 09 2021
5

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

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Thu Feb 03 2022
4

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.

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Sat Feb 06 2021
3

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.

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Thu Sep 30 2021
3

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

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Thu Feb 03 2022
3

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.

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Sat Apr 16 2022
3

In which an insufferable prick, aided by more than competent musicians, makes a song about being a creeper.

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Sun Feb 07 2021
2

Sting. Ugh.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
2

I did not like a the juice

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Tue Feb 22 2022
2

44 minutes too long.

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Mon Jun 13 2022
2

Easily their least interesting album, although the previous album had all the warning signs it was coming. Sting got so far up his own arse he could barely stand for Stewart and Andy to play their instruments. I remember him bragging in interviews how smart he was for not letting them play at every turn. Really this is the first Sting solo album (not a compliment), but the label was probably afraid nobody would buy a Sting solo album (they were right). “Rumors” but without the good stuff.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
2

Police are a strange band, I just don't understand how they were the "biggest band in the world" at one stage. But hey, I don't understand how One Direction were either. This album has that 80s electric coldness to it that I sometimes enjoy. Maybe it's my negative feelings towards Sting, but here it felt dry and smug. I feel I say this on every album, the hits are great, but there's a lot of filler. Also, Mother should never have been committed to tape.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
1

The Police make music for people that don't like music

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Mon Sep 26 2022
1

One minute in and I can tell I’m not going to make it through this record due to my dislike of Sting, so I’m just going to roast it: They should have just called this record “Cultural Appropriation: The Album” “Hey Mr. Dinosaur, you really couldn’t ask for more”. A grown-ass, 32-year old man wrote those lyrics. Hey everybody! it’s Saturday night…what do you say we get tepidly funky with The Police? “Andy, this is your mother calling…I know you’re busy making misogynistic snake charmer music with your friend Sting, the “tantric sex practitioner”, but it would be nice if you answered the phone every once in a while. Your father’s gout is acting up again and he’s in hospital. Ok? Call me back, please” Ohhhh, Ohhhh, Ohhhh…why won’t Synchronicity II stop?!? If the Police had any sense of humor, the video for “Every Breath You Take” would have been Sting sitting in a tree with binoculars staring into an unsuspecting woman’s bedroom while singing the song. The Peeping Tom national anthem. At least Sting is self aware enough to call himself the King of Pain. The suffering he’s unleashed upon the earth with his music is immeasurable. What kind of Tea we talking about having in the Sahara?…Hemlock?….Sure, sign me up. What’s the statute of limitation on crimes in the UK? I’d like to report a homicide. I just witnessed The Police murdering Jazz. BOOM. ROASTED.

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Wed May 05 2021
5

Several great songs that I forgot about, a good reminder of how much I actually enjoy The Police.

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Sat Apr 17 2021
5

Murder by numbers, king of pain, and of course, every breath you take are classics. Great album

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Thu Apr 08 2021
5

I am surprised that I didn’t favourite every single track on the album.

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Sun Feb 21 2021
5

J’adore l’album, vraiment toutes les tounes ont quelque choses! A reecoute 5*

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Thu Mar 11 2021
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.

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Mon Mar 22 2021
5

Brilliant

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Thu Jun 03 2021
5

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...

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Sat Mar 20 2021
5

So many memories in one album! One of the greats

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Thu Jul 01 2021
5

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.

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Sat Aug 21 2021
5

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

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Wed Aug 25 2021
5

Great album. Happy the whole way through. 4.6. Well maybe not Mother.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
5

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.

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Tue Sep 14 2021
5

Great listen, works together as an album with a huge hit in the middle.

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Sat Oct 09 2021
5

The non-Sting tracks are the weak ones, of course, but this is a classic.

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Tue Oct 26 2021
5

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.

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Tue Nov 16 2021
5

Amazing, one of my favorite

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Mon Nov 29 2021
5

This is a perfect album. Lots of variety but no throwaway tracks.

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Sun Dec 05 2021
5

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.

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Wed Dec 29 2021
5

Fantastic numbers, superbly executed

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Sun Mar 06 2022
5

Great. A few weird tracks, but fantastic.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

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

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Fri Mar 11 2022
5

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.

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Mon Mar 14 2022
5

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

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Fri Mar 18 2022
5

Love the police!

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Sat Mar 19 2022
5

Excellent, varied, catchy

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Mon Mar 21 2022
5

All-time favorite

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

Tea in the Sahara and Murder by Numbers are so good and I have never heard them before. Mother is weird and disturbing, though...

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Mon Mar 28 2022
5

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.

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Tue Apr 12 2022
5

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.

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Wed Apr 27 2022
5

Every breath you takeee

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Sat Apr 30 2022
5

Mother still grates on me but Synchronicity remains my favorite Police album

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Mon May 23 2022
5

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.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
5

All gone wrong for the band by this album. Bland nonsense

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

One of the first albums I bought. A classic!

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Mon Jul 18 2022
5

An artist at the top of his poetic powers. Love each band members addition to the project.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
5

The Police were the first band I can remember that I loved, who broke up. At the time, it was shocking. Like, why wouldn't they just go on playing... forever? Listening to Synchronicity again today, I can see what I didn't see then. This album is the culmination of everything the band had been doing up to that point, and the completion of a circle. The songs are pretty terrific, perfectly arranged, some of the band's best, most complex and musically diverse work. There aren't really any notable flaws to this album, the strangeness of "Mother" notwithstanding (a song I actually like). What isn't on this album is the sense that band enjoyed making it. This is an album by three great artists who are ready to move on to other things, and from each other. I respect and enjoy this album enough to give it a 5. It's one of the great albums of that era. But they have other albums I love more. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Every Breath You Take, Wrapped Around Your Finger, King of Pain, Synchronicity I, Synchronicity II, O My God, Tea in the Sahara, Miss Gradenko, Walking in Your Footsteps, Murder by Numbers, Mother

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Wed Aug 31 2022
5

Undeniable classic. The Police had many finest hours, fortunately, and this was absolutely one of them. I remember it being somewhat critically underrated at the time, despite several huge hit singles. As always, there are occasional lines of breathtakingly trite lyrics or even completely sophomoric moments - all Sting's fault; but he can be mostly absolved given his creative genius elsewhere on Police records. I always thought they were at their best in their most sonically exotic and mysterious passages, and that's evident on this record in spades. Excruciatingly close to being a masterpiece.

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Mon Sep 05 2022
5

Tremendous album. Hated that this was the last one

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Amazong album and melodies

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Thu Sep 08 2022
5

My first Police album, and their fifth and final. I am familiar a couple of the singles (Every Breath, King Of Pain), I was pleasantly surprised with several others that I haven't heard before. I must commend them for carrying the energy throughout the entire album, while also changing styles on more than one occasion. Great vocals, groovy rhythm section. I'm not surprised this is their most successful LP, but I am curious as to why it was their last.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

God damn it’s a good album. I’d like to give it 9/10 but this system uses 5 stars. Every song seems perfectly placed and recorded. Mother is strange but interesting. II is catchy as hell as is the rest of this piece of art

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Tue Sep 20 2022
5

One of my favorite albums of all time. I came to appreciate it long after it’s popularity. I love it more every time I listen to it.

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Sat Sep 24 2022
5

The Policen kuuntelu on jäänyt aiemmin lähinnä radiotasolle, mutta sen ansiosta pari kappaletta tälläkin levyllä oli ennestään hyvin tuttuja. Yllätyin kuitenkin positiivisesti itselleni uusista kappaleista, jotka menevät omalla mittarillani helposti ohi ainakin Every Breath You Taken, jota on saanut aiemmin kuulla kyllästymiseen asti. Arvosanaksi mietin heti nelosta tai vitosta, mutta taidan kallistua jälkimmäiseen, koska levystä on vaikea keksiä mitään huonoa sanottavaa. Suosikkikappaleet: Synchronicity I, O My God, Synchronicity II, Murder By Numbers

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

I've heard Don't stand so Close and Every Breath - and generally thought The Police were a light pop-ska-rock band - interesting but not exactly challenging. Little did I realise they are actually a pretty dynamic band - with a whole range of styles and topics. I really liked this album, i even like/disliked the weirdest song - Mother. I.e., i didn't really love the song, but i loved the ambition and change in style.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

4.5/5

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Thu Oct 20 2022
5

They quit at the height of their powers and left a nearly perfect discography behind them. I say NEARLY perfect, as each Police album has at least one cringey song. It's a weird part of their musical signature that I've come to accept, allowing them that indulgence to get their ya yas out, and not letting it interfere with my enjoyment of the rest of the album. On this album it is of course "Mother." Beyond that, "Synchronicity" is a worthy Swan Song for them, featuring some of their finest work. I can't say it's my personal favorite, but it's probably their most musically varied and refined album. I love their sound and think it is largely due to the space they give each other as a trio. You can hear each instrument so distinctly in a way that you don't get from most other bands. Never simply washes over me. Each player has such a unique playing style of their own, and they are all adding really interesting touches throughout, but not in a showboating or proggy way. It's all in service to the songs. I believe another strength of theirs is that, in so many ways, they are such different people; ages, backgrounds, influences, temperaments, etc. They were able to bring all that together so fluidly, especially here in their later work.

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Wed Nov 02 2022
5

I love the early Police

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Great songs!

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

Definitely more of a singles band, but this album is great. Swings about styles nicely!

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Mon Nov 23 2020
4

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.

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Mon Oct 05 2020
4

What a beautiful album! Not quite A or S tier for me yet.

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Sat Apr 24 2021
4

Mostly great

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

Interesting album, great opener with some other great 4 star songs, overall a good 4 star album

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Fri Jan 22 2021
4

Classic. Have my Dad’s copy on vinyl and it gets love every now and again.

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Mon Jun 14 2021
4

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.

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Tue Apr 13 2021
4

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!

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Tue May 18 2021
4

I’ve always enjoyed Sting’s work and his stuff with The Police is great.

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Thu Jan 21 2021
4

Only police you can trust

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Wed Feb 03 2021
4

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.

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Mon Jan 25 2021
4

I liked this more than expected. Learned the names of some songs I actually didn't know I knew.

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Tue Jul 06 2021
4

Excellent. Some of the Police's best singles. 7-8/10

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Mon Mar 15 2021
4

actually more punk than their famous songs. high 3 / low 4

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

I wore out my vinyl of this back in the day.

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Tue Mar 23 2021
4

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

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Tue Mar 09 2021
4

Every song on this album was good, some of them pretty great, with one notable exception: "Mother" is God awful.

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Tue Jun 15 2021
4

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.

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Sun Feb 07 2021
4

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

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

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

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Mon Apr 26 2021
4

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

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

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

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Tue Mar 16 2021
4

Really good overall, gets an 8 from me. however Mother is Not Fun to listen to and Tea in the Sahara is just annoying

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Thu Feb 04 2021
4

Gooder

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Thu Mar 04 2021
4

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.

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Tue Jun 08 2021
4

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?

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Tue Jun 01 2021
4

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.

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Sat May 29 2021
4

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..

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

This album was pretty blasé until mother...

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Wed Jun 30 2021
4

One of my all time favorite albums.

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Mon May 24 2021
4

Oh yes The Police

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Fri May 28 2021
4

4

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Thu Jul 01 2021
4

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.

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Wed Jun 23 2021
4

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.

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Thu Jul 08 2021
4

Really like this album. Uplifting, interesting

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

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.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

I hadn't remembered that there were all those classic bass lines... great album of my youth.

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Tue Jul 27 2021
4

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.

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Wed Jul 28 2021
4

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.

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Mon Aug 02 2021
4

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.

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Tue Aug 31 2021
4

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.

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Wed Sep 08 2021
4

Got better with each song I played

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Mon Sep 13 2021
4

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.

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Wed Sep 15 2021
4

Every breath you take - единственная песня на слуху, которая отзывается.

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Mon Sep 20 2021
4

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

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Tue Sep 21 2021
4

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.

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Fri Oct 01 2021
4

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

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Sat Oct 02 2021
4

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.

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Mon Oct 04 2021
4

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.

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Mon Oct 11 2021
4

One of my favorite 80s albums for sure.

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Tue Oct 12 2021
4

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.

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Mon Nov 01 2021
4

8/10

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Fri Nov 05 2021
4

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

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

Awesome album but Mother drags the whole album down 1 star

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Thu Nov 18 2021
4

This is a pop album?? Complex, challenging and very different from the big single Every Breath You Take.

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Mon Nov 29 2021
4

WTF is Mother? Good overall.

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Tue Nov 30 2021
4

Killer singles. Album cuts just ok.

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

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

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Fri Dec 03 2021
4

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!

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Mon Dec 13 2021
4

Really awesome. Makes me want to hear more of the Police!

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Thu Dec 16 2021
4

Knew I loved this band but was not familiar with any of their non-radio hits. 4.5/5

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Sat Dec 18 2021
4

No real complaints. In synchronicity

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Sun Dec 19 2021
4

I enjoyed many of the other tracks more than the hit "every breath you take".

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

Cuando los 80s no apestaban tanto

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Wed Dec 22 2021
4

They's good

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Fri Dec 31 2021
4

Includes their all-time greatest hit, but lots of other greats too. I especially liked "Walking in Your Footsteps" and "Synchronicity II"

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Fri Jan 07 2022
4

Every Breath you take!

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Tue Jan 11 2022
4

Very cool🦟

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Thu Jan 13 2022
4

Good. Tantric.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Surprisingly good

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

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.

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Fri Jan 28 2022
4

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.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
4

All of the hits are in the second half of the album. It was a fun listen.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

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"

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

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.

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Sat Feb 05 2022
4

Premiere moitié insane, deuxieme moitié plus pop friendly. Perd un peu en intensité mais IL Y A LA CHANSON DU STALKER

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Mon Feb 07 2022
4

4/5

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

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.

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Sat Feb 19 2022
4

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.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Listened to the remastered 2003; liked the familiar classics and title song

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Sat Mar 05 2022
4

Good album by the Police, just the song ‘Mother’ was weird and unnecessary for me. Favourite songs: - Every breath you take - Murder by numbers

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Great album, some of the slower stuff is bleh

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

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!

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Tue Mar 22 2022
4

A couple duds (especially Mother) but overall it was pretty enjoyable! The title tracks are especially good.

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

What a weird side a of a record. I feel like it doesn't really hit that classic Police sound until Synchronicity II. This isn't a bad thing. You can tell they're branching out their sound which is commendable, if not always...enjoyable. Haven't listened to this album since I was a kid spinning my dad's album on the basement stereo, so this album evokes that nostalgia in me, which is great and probably skews my rating of this album up, but oh well. 4 stars!

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Mon Mar 28 2022
4

Muy bueno

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

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.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

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.

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Wed Mar 30 2022
4

Really liked this album. Mother is weird and like Birthday Party. I actually thought the singles stood out as not fitting with the rest

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Mon Apr 04 2022
4

rimelig klasse

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Fri Apr 08 2022
4

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 🌟

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

meenage

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Wed Apr 20 2022
4

New wave. Un megahit. Un 4.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
4

Not my favorite, but still solid. A classic

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Tue May 03 2022
4

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.

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Tue May 03 2022
4

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.

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Sat May 07 2022
4

4.5

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Mon May 23 2022
4

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...

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Mon May 23 2022
4

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.

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Tue May 24 2022
4

Enjoyable with the exception of Mother... don't like that one at all.

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Fri May 27 2022
4

I had forgotten just how good this album is, police at their best imho

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Thu Jun 09 2022
4

I was very young during the 80s but a lot of the music from this time always sparks up nostalgia. Synchronicity is not one of those albums, but that is not a bad thing. When this album was released I was 3 going on 4 so I think that many of the tracks that may have been big at the time or received airplay would have had their popularity waned in the later years when I became a little older. The only track here that I recognized was Every Breathe You Take. Almost 40 years later for me I can appreciate this album more.

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

-Slick bass riff in "O My God" -"Mother" comes in strong with a crazy, driving Indian-influenced riff -"Every Breath You Take" is the popular tunes off of this one lol. It's good enough -"Tea In The Sahara" has quite a complex drum beat but it is still kinda boring -Dang "Murder By Numbers" honestly sounds pretty happy but the lyrics are quite dark -Couple great tracks, rest are decent enough tracks. I think the album's best songs are "Mother," "O My God," and "Murder By Numbers"

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Thu Jun 23 2022
4

New wave. Un megahit. Un 4.

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Mon Jul 11 2022
4

Wow, this one brings back memories of high school! The big hits stand out, and hold up. I'd say it's great, but not masterpiece level.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
4

I can't get away from Sting, he's everywhere. My favorite song from this album is probably every breath you take but I think I also enjoyed o my god. Sting has such a wide vocal range. I like the guitar riffs.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
4

This album feels very... Unsettling. Between the lyrics and the instrumentals, many of the songs pass a somewhat creepy vibe, like something is wrong, and nothing highlights this better than the hit "Every Breath You Take", which is famous for the lyrical work in it. But other tracks like "Mother", "Miss Gradenko", and the curiously swing-themed "Murder By Numbers" also are good examples of it. As for standout tracks, I think the opening "Synchronicity I" is deserving of attention, as well as "King of Pain". This was an interesting listen, and a wonderfully cohesive album under an uncomfortable tone.

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Fri Jul 22 2022
4

I really liked this one! A lot of great classics, my favorites were Synchronicity 1 & 2

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

Chi

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Wed Jul 27 2022
4

Kevin?

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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

Mother sucks but the rest of the album is solid. Like it’s really bad.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

A very good album with some of my favorite Police songs (Synchronicity II and Murder by Numbers). This album shows how much further musically they could have gone had they not broken up shortly afterwards which is a shame. But it is also possible they left at the top of their game. A couple of terrible songs like “Mother” kept this from being a 5.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Hard to believe that the Police made only 5 studio albums, and this last one is almost forty years old. This is an excellent record with a few oddities thrown in. Sting's vocals are turned into excellent harmonies with the overdubbing. Also clearly demonstrates what a great drummer Stewart Copeland was for this band's style. Too bad they hated each other. Would give this a 4.5 if I could.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

Perhaps this is exactly where The Police story was meant to end. Their most popular release included overt pop songs and experimental works seamlessly. There might have been no where else to go. The pop songs are loaded on side two. Points off for the subpar tracks from Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
4

Rating: 7/10 Best songs: Synchronicity I, Every breath you take, King of pain

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

Really surprised me. A huge amount of variety in sound and mood Standouts - synchronicity, every breath you take, king of pain, wrapped around your finger, murder by numbers Mother was awful

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

Pleasantly surprised by this. Not entirely the middle of the road fare I've come to expect from this list. What was "mother" all about? Quite fun.

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

super.fucking.catchy. you go sting!

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Wed Aug 17 2022
4

Litski

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Wed Aug 31 2022
4

Excellent Some weaknesses but some classics.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Synchronicity 1: Like the keyboards / a lot going on / bit repetitive 7/10 Walking in your foot steps: Like the bongos / good vocals / background guitar is cool 8/10 O my God: Bass line is funky / less repetitive / simplicity of the drums is nice touch / brass solo was cool 8.5/10 Mother: Was it his mother on the phone? 6/10 Mrs Gradenko: I like the chorus and the rhythm with the singer 7/10 Synchronicity 2: Strong intro / guitar work is cool / very full feeling song / not repetitive / drum crash symbols are awesome My favorite song so far 9/10 Every Breath you take: This says everything you need to know, it's one of their most famous songs for a reason 9/10 King of pain: Very catchy song overall with nice drumming and vocals / intricate guitar work 8/10 Wrapped around your finger: Has a raggae vibe, instrumental is nice and atmospheric 8.5/10 Tea in the Sahara: Repetitive / spacey vibe 7/10 Murder by numbers: Strong intro / interesting concept / catchy Not a strong ending for the album 7.5/10 Overall album: 7.8/10

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Tue Sep 13 2022
4

A few classics. A bit raw, not as smooth as some of their other albums.

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Fri Sep 16 2022
4

Every Breath You Take = 4

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Mon Sep 26 2022
4

Great Album

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Wed Oct 05 2022
4

For some reason I've never met anyone who is a die hard fan of this band. Loads of people who like them and their singles but never a die hard for their albums. Maybe it's the smug aura of Sting that's puts people off, but when you've got songs as strong as this you're reminded why they were one of the biggest bands in the world. Best Tracks: Synchronicity II; Every Breath You Take; King of Pain

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Thu Oct 06 2022
4

Ah ! C’est le plus tranquille de leurs albums, mais c’est vraiment bien fait. On s’éloigne du rock/punk/reggae et on va vers plus pop, mais avec de la sophistication. Tous les albums de The Police sont bon à leur manière.

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

pretty cool

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

Nice

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Wed Oct 19 2022
4

great album. instrumentation was spot on as well as mixing.

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Lots of 80s bangers. I'd say in terms of personal enjoyment it's overall a 3 since the 80s-ness is just so locked into this production, I think its selling the material short. Mother was hilarious, it's like Sting wanted to pretend to be The Talking Heads for a bit. Overall if I put my reviewer hat on, it's at least a 4 so I'll round up to that.

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