Mercury Falling

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Mercury Falling
Studio album by Sting
Released 8 March 1996[1]
Recorded 1995
Genre Rock, adult contemporary, country
Length 48:08
Label A&M
540483
Producer Sting, Hugh Padgham
Sting chronology
Ten Summoner's Tales
(1993)
Mercury Falling
(1996)
Brand New Day
(1999)
Singles from Mercury Falling
  1. "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot"
    Released: February 1, 1996
  2. "You Still Touch Me"
    Released: April 1, 1996
  3. "I Was Brought To My Senses"
    Released: September 1, 1996
  4. "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying"
    Released: October 8, 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune 2/4 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly (A−)[4]
Houston Chronicle 3/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[6]
Robert Christgau (dud)[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]

Mercury Falling is the fifth studio album by Sting, released in 1996.

The album begins and ends with the words "mercury falling".

In 1997, the album earned Sting two Grammy nominations for Best Pop Vocal Album and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance for "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot".

Background[edit]

There was one uplifting ballad, the second single, "You Still Touch Me".

The track "Twenty Five to Midnight" was excluded from the American and Canadian releases. It was included in the CD-Maxi Single of "You Still Touch Me", as the 4th track.[9]

"Valparaiso" was used during the closing credits of the 1996 film White Squall.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written, arranged and composed by Sting except "La Belle Dame Sans Regrets" written, arranged and composed by Sting and Dominic Miller.

  1. "The Hounds of Winter" – 5:27
  2. "I Hung My Head" – 4:40
  3. "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot" – 6:41
  4. "I Was Brought to My Senses" – 5:48
  5. "You Still Touch Me" – 3:46
  6. "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying" – 3:56
  7. "All Four Seasons" – 4:28
  8. "Twenty Five to Midnight" – 4:09 (excluded from original Canada/US releases)
  9. "La Belle Dame Sans Regrets" – 5:17
  10. "Valparaiso" – 5:27
  11. "Lithium Sunset" – 2:38

Personnel[edit]

Accolades[edit]

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1997
[10]
Mercury Falling Best Pop Vocal Album Nominated
"Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot" Best Male Pop Vocal Performance Nominated

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[11] Gold 25,000x
Canada (Music Canada)[12] Platinum 100,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[13] Gold 24,617[13]
Germany (BVMI)[14] Gold 250,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[15] Gold 193,600[16]
Netherlands (NVPI)[17] Gold 50,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[18] Gold 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[19] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[20] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[22] Platinum 1,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[23] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

Charts[edit]

References[edit]

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  4. ^ Scherman, Tony (15 March 1996). "Mercury Falling Review". ew.com. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  5. ^ Westbrook, Bruce (10 March 1996). "Feeling Sting without the pain". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  6. ^ Hilburn, Robert (10 March 1996). "Sting Rises to New Level of Accessibility". articles.latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 4 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Robert Christgau review
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