Ten Summoner’s Tales by Sting has always been my favorite album by Sting as a solo artist. I believe this is Sting as his most mature and an excellent pop album. Beginning with the first single, If I Ever Lost My Faith in You to the beautiful ballad, Fields of Gold to the underrated (my favorite) track, Seven Days. Sting seems to be as his most relaxed with this record and I have listened to this one repeatedly over the past twenty-five years.
Songs like the R&B flavored Heavy Cloud No Rain to the country flavored Love Is Stronger Than Justice, and theologically interesting Saint Augustine in Hell adds to an album that shows Sting’s diversity as a musician and makes for repeated listenings to get a handle where the Englishman is going with his music.
Ten Summoner’s Tales has remained a staple in my music collection and is one of the best album of the 1990s. Sting had moved on from his mournful album, The Soul Cages, to produce an excellent pop music masterpiece.