Symphonicities

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Symphonicities
Studio album by Sting
Released 13 July 2010
Genre Rock, classical
Length 55:39
Label Deutsche Grammophon
Producer Sting, Rob Mathes[1]
Sting chronology
If On a Winter's Night...
(2009)
Symphonicities
(2010)
The Last Ship
(2013)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (62/100)[2]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[3]
The Boston Globe (positive)[4]
Entertainment Weekly D[5]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[6]
NOW 3/5 stars[7]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[8]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[9]

Symphonicities is the tenth studio album by English musician Sting. It was released on 13 July 2010 on Deutsche Grammophon.

Background[edit]

The album is a companion piece to the tour of the same name in which Sting, performing with the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, reinterprets some of his songs as classical symphonic compositions. Symphonicities was recorded at Abbey Road Studios,[10] and produced by Rob Mathes and Sting. Elliot Scheiner and Claudius Mittendorfer mixed the record,[1] and it was mastered by Scott Hull.[11] As of November 2010, the album had sold over 600,000 copies worldwide.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed by Sting.

  1. "Next to You" – 2:30
  2. "Englishman in New York" – 4:23
  3. "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" – 4:56
  4. "I Hung My Head" – 5:31
  5. "You Will Be My Ain True Love" – 3:44
  6. "Roxanne" – 3:37
  7. "When We Dance" – 5:26
  8. "The End of the Game" – 6:07
  9. "I Burn for You" – 4:03
  10. "We Work the Black Seam" – 7:19
  11. "She's Too Good for Me" – 3:03
  12. "The Pirate's Bride" – 5:02

Bonus tracks[edit]

Personnel[edit]

  • Sting – vocals, acoustic guitar (tracks 9 and 11), rabble rousers (track 11)

Charts and certifications[edit]

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[12] 19
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[13] 31
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[14] 3
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[15] 9
Croatian Foreign Albums (IFPI)[16] 2
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[17] 22
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[18] 13
French Albums (SNEP)[19] 10
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 7
Greek Albums (IFPI)[21] 5
Hungarian Albums (MAHASZ)[22] 5
Irish Albums (IRMA)[23] 40
Italian Albums (FIMI)[24] 4
Mexican Albums (Top 100 Mexico)[25] 83
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[26] 1
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[27] 1
Scottish Albums (OCC)[28] 30
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[29] 11
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[30] 30
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[31] 15
UK Albums (OCC)[32] 30
US Billboard 200[33] 6
Chart (2011) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[34] 24
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[35] 11

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Hungary (MAHASZ)[36] Platinum 6,000x
Italy (FIMI)[37] Gold 30,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[38] 3× Platinum 60,000*

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "New Sting album 'Symphonicities'". Decca Records. 16 June 2010. Retrieved 22 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Symphonicities Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More at Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Symphonicities at AllMusic
  4. ^ Rodman, Sarah (12 July 2010). "Sting, 'Symphonicities'". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  5. ^ Collis, Clark (30 July 2010). "Symphonicities Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  6. ^ Wood, Mikael (12 July 2010). "Album review: Sting's 'Symphonicities'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Keller, Jason (22–29 July 2010). "Sting: Symphonicities". NOW. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Garratt, John (15 July 2010). "Sting: Symphonicities". PopMatters. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Kemp, Mark (2 August 2010). "Symphonicities". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 29 May 2012. 
  10. ^ Sting interview for Symphonicities, 8 July 2010.
  11. ^ "Symphonicities > Credits". Allmusic. Retrieved 28 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "Sting – Symphonicities" (in German). Austriancharts.at. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  13. ^ "Sting – Symphonicities" (in Dutch). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  14. ^ "Sting – Symphonicities" (in French). Ultratop.be. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  15. ^ "Sting – Chart History: Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  16. ^ "Top Stranih [Top Foreign]" (In Croatian). Top Foreign Albums. Hrvatska Diskografska Udruga. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  17. ^ "Sting – Symphonicities" (in Dutch). Dutchcharts.nl. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  18. ^ "Sting: Symphonicities" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  19. ^ "Sting – Symphonicities". Lescharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  20. ^ "Top 100 Longplay". Officialcharts.de. GfK Entertainment. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  21. ^ "Sting – Symphonicities". Greekcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  22. ^ "Archívum › Kereső – lista és dátum szerint" (in Hungarian). Mahasz. LightMedia. Select Lista as Top 40 album, then select Ev as 2010 then select Het as 37 then click on Kereses Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  23. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 29, 2010". Chart-Track.co.uk. IRMA. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  24. ^ "Sting – Symphonicities". Italiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  25. ^ "Sting – Symphonicities". Mexicancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  26. ^ "Oficjalna lista sprzedaży :: OLIS - Official Retail Sales Chart". OLiS. Polish Society of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  27. ^ "Sting – Symphonicities". Portuguesecharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  28. ^ "2010-07-31 Top 40 Scottish Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  29. ^ "Sting – Symphonicities". Spanishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  30. ^ "Sting – Symphonicities". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  31. ^ "Sting – Symphonicities". Swisscharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  32. ^ "2010-07-31 Top 40 UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  33. ^ "Sting – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  34. ^ "Sting – Symphonicities". Australiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  35. ^ "Sting – Symphonicities". Charts.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  36. ^ "Adatbázis – Arany- és platinalemezek – 2010" (in Hungarian). Mahasz. 
  37. ^ "Italian album certifications – Sting – Symphonicities" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry.  Select Album e Compilation in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Sting in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  38. ^ "Polish album certifications – Sting – Symphonicities" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). 

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