The Last Ship (album)

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The Last Ship
Studio album by Sting
Released 20 September 2013
Genre Rock, Jazz, Folk, Blues, Country
Length 45:24, 65:57 (Deluxe)
Label
Producer
Sting chronology
Symphonicities
(2010)
The Last Ship
(2013)
Singles from The Last Ship
  1. "Practical Arrangement"
    Released: 15 July 2013 (2013-07-15)
  2. "And Yet"
    Released: 13 August 2013 (2013-08-13)[1][2]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (66/100)[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[5]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[6]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[7]

The Last Ship is the eleventh studio album by English musician Sting, released on 20 September 2013 in Germany,[8][9] and on 24 September 2013 in the UK & US. The album features guest artists with roots in the northeast of England, including Brian Johnson from AC/DC, Jimmy Nail, The Unthanks, The Wilson Family and Kathryn Tickell.[10] The title is an allusion to the closure of the shipyards in the historic shipbuilding town of Wallsend, where Sting grew up.

On 12 August 2013, audio samples of the songs from the album were published on YouTube by Cherrytree.[11]

Background[edit]

The Last Ship is the first full-length LP of original material released by Sting since his 2003 album Sacred Love.[12]

The album is inspired by Sting's forthcoming play of the same name, scheduled to debut on Broadway in 2014. The play explores the themes of homecoming and self-discovery, drawing upon Sting's memories of growing up in the shipbuilding town of Wallsend, along with his reflections on the complexity of relationships, the passage of time and the importance of family and community.[13] The play contains a few songs that are not in the album,[14] including "What Say You Meg?", written to replace "Practical Arrangement" in the theatrical production.[15]

Formats[edit]

The album is available as both a digital and physical release in two configurations: a standard 12-song version (also available on vinyl) and a 2-disc deluxe version with 5 additional tracks. Moreover, a 2-disc super deluxe edition with 20 tracks and special packaging will be available exclusively on Amazon.com, and AmazonMP3 will be the exclusive retailer for the 20-track, super deluxe digital edition.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Sting, except where noted. 

Standard and vinyl edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Last Ship"     3:51
2. "Dead Man's Boots"     3:30
3. "And Yet"     3:53
4. "August Winds"     3:18
5. "Language of Birds"   Sting, Rob Mathes 3:30
6. "Practical Arrangement"   Sting, Mathes 3:20
7. "The Night the Pugilist Learned How to Dance"     4:13
8. "Ballad of the Great Eastern"   Sting, Mathes, Dominic Miller, Kathryn Tickell, Jo Lawry, Peter Tickell, Ira Coleman 5:15
9. "What Have We Got?" (featuring Jimmy Nail) Sting, Jimmy Nail, K. Tickell, P. Tickell, Julian Sutton, Lawry 3:35
10. "I Love Her But She Loves Someone Else"   Sting, Mathes 3:42
11. "So to Speak" (featuring Becky Unthank)   4:07
12. "The Last Ship (Reprise)"     3:20

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Position
Hungarian Albums Chart[40] 72
Polish Albums Chart[41] 9

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "The Last Ship Reviews - Metacritic". Metacritic. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  4. ^ "The Last Ship - AllMusic review". Retrieved 18 November 2013. 
  5. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (19 September 2013). "Sting: The Last Ship - review". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  6. ^ Catchpole, Kevin (10 October 2013). "Sting: The Last Ship". PopMatters. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
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  14. ^ "Sting's musical "The Last Ship" headed for Broadway this fall". CBS News. 12 February 2014. 
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