Clare Sidoti Staff Writer
It’s been a decade since we’ve had a new album packed with original material from Sting, and now the wait is almost over as his publicist announced yesterday (4 June) that a full-length LP will be hitting stores this September.
According to the New York Times, the album The Last Ship is based on a musical of the same name that Sting has been writing songs for and which the producers are hoping to debut on Broadway in 2014. The musical is set in a shipyard in Wallsend, a town on the north east coast of England close to where Sting (Gordon Sumner) grew up.
As to be expected by the musical’s subject matter, the town is famous for its shipyards. And some of the big name ships from last century were built from this town such as the RMS Mauretania (who held the record for the fastest Atlantic crossing for 22 years), the RMS Carpathia (that rescued Titanic survivors) and HMS Sheffield and HMS Victorious (who were part of the fleet that sunk the Bismarck). The musical has as its background the decline of the shipbuilding industry in the north of England in the 1980s, but is at its core, a story of homecoming.
The new album will contain some songs from the musical as well as others that though written for the show, were later discarded. Sting’s 11th studio album will be released on 24 Sept through the consortium of Cherrytree, interscope and A & M Records. Based on the description of two of the songs (a waltz-time folk tune and a jazzy funk number), the album promises to be an eclectic mix of sounds and experiences.
This will be Sting’s first studio album since 2010’s Symphonicities – a collection of orchestral interpretations of his hit songs – and the first with original material since 2003’s Sacred Love.