Sacred Love

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Sacred Love
Studio album by Sting
Released 29 September 2003 (2003-09-29)[1]
Recorded 2002–2003
Genre Rock, electronic, pop
Length 57:38
Label A&M
Producer Sting, Kipper
Sting chronology
...All This Time
(2001)
Sacred Love
(2003)
Songs from the Labyrinth
(2006)
Singles from Sacred Love
  1. "Send Your Love"
    Released: August 1, 2003
  2. "Whenever I Say Your Name"
    Released: November 1, 2003
  3. "Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)"
    Released: April 26, 2004
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 66/100[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [3]
Entertainment Weekly B− [4]
Mojo 3/5 stars [2]
PopMatters 7/10 stars [5]
Q 3.5/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars [6]

Sacred Love is the seventh studio album by Sting. The album was released on 29 September 2003. The album featured smoother, R&B-style beats and experiments collaborating with hip-hop artist Mary J. Blige and sitar player Anoushka Shankar. Some songs like "Inside" and "Dead Man's Rope" were well received; and Sting had experimented with new sounds, in particular the more rock-influenced "This War".

Sting adapted the first quatrain of William Blake's Auguries of Innocence for the first four sung lines of "Send Your Love".

Sting's collaboration with Blige, "Whenever I Say Your Name", won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals at the 46th Grammy Awards in 2004.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Sting.

  1. "Inside" – 4:46
  2. "Send Your Love" (featuring Vicente Amigo) – 4:38
  3. "Whenever I Say Your Name" (featuring Mary J. Blige) – 5:25
  4. "Dead Man's Rope" – 5:43
  5. "Never Coming Home" – 4:58
  6. "Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing)" – 3:56
  7. "Forget About the Future" – 5:12
  8. "This War" – 5:29
  9. "The Book of My Life" (featuring Anoushka Shankar) – 6:15
  10. "Sacred Love" – 5:43

Bonus tracks[edit]

There have been multiple editions of this album. Some of them, such as the Japanese edition, feature various extra songs and remixes. Although the tracklist on the official Sting website includes a remix of "Send Your Love" and a live version of "Shape of My Heart", these are not always available.

Depending on the edition, the following bonus tracks may be included:

  • "Send Your Love (Dave Audé Remix)" – 3:15
  • "Shape of My Heart" (Live) – 2:18
  • "Like a Beautiful Smile" – 4:46
  • "Moon over Bourbon Street (Cornelius Mix)"

Remix tracks[edit]

  • "Send Your Love (radio Edit)" – 3:38
  • "Send Your Love (Calderone & Quayle radio mix)" also called "(Victor Calderone & Mac Quayle's Radio Mix)" – 4:05
  • "Send Your Love (Calderone & Quayle radio dub mix)" also called "(Victor Calderone & Mac Quayle's Dub Mix)" – 7:34
  • "Send Your Love (Calderone + Quayle future mix)" also called "(Victor Calderone & Mac Quayle's Future Mix)" – 9:50
  • "Send Your Love (Dave Aude remix - vocal edit)" – 3:17
  • "Send Your Love (Dave Aude's Extended Vocal Mix)" – 6:34
  • "Send Your Love (Minge Binge electric mix)" – 7:34
  • "Send Your Love (Dave Aude' Massive Dub)" – 8:12
  • "Send Your Love (Minge Binge Sex & Music Dub)" – 6:32
  • "Send Your Love (Josh Wink Deeper Vocal Interpretation)" – 9:01
  • "Send Your Love (Josh Wink Minimal Interpretation)" – 8:44
  • "Whenever I Say Your Name (radio edit)" – 3:41
  • "Whenever I Say Your Name (radio edit 1)" – 4:02
  • "Whenever I Say Your Name (will.i.am remix featuring Black Eyed Peas)" – 4:02
  • "Whenever I Say Your Name (Salaam's Groove Mix)"
  • "Whenever I Say Your Name (Billy Mann mix)"
  • "Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing) (Radio Version)" – 3:40
  • "Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing) (remix featuring will.i.am from The Black Eyed Peas)" – 4:05
  • "Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing) (B. Recluse Remix featuring Twista)" – 3:03
  • "Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing) (B. Recluse mix instrumental)"
  • "Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing) (Dave Aude's Extended Vocal Mix)" – 7:26
  • "Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing) (Dave Aude's Vocal Edit)" – 4:05
  • "Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing) (Richard "Humpty" Vission Big Floor Funk Mix)" – 6:28
  • "Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing) (Dave Aude's Funk Dub Mix)" – 7:29
  • "Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing) (Dave Aude's Haunting Dub Mix)" – 8:40
  • "Stolen Car (Take Me Dancing) (Richard "Humpty" Vission Acidic Groove Mix)" – 6:13
  • "Moon over Bourbon Street (Cornelius mix instrumental)"

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[37] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[38] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[39] Gold 150,000^
Hungary (Mahasz)[40] Gold 10,000x
Japan (RIAJ)[41] Gold 92,053[42]
Russia (NFPF)[43] Platinum 20,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[44] Platinum 40,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[45] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[46] Platinum 1,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[47] Platinum 1,000,000*

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

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