MUSIC NEWS - Sting has announced a new album release, The Last Ship, out on September 24, 2013 out via Cherrytree/Interscope/A&M Records. The album is inspired by Sting's forthcoming play of the same name and explores the central themes of homecoming and self-discovery, drawing upon his memories of growing up near the Swan Hunters Shipyard in Wallsend, England. His personal reminiscences illuminate universal truths; the complexity of relationships, the passage of time and the importance of family and community, all to form an affecting, complex parable for our modern times.
The play, in which the former POLICE bassist/singer Sting has been creatively involved for nearly three years, will debut on Broadway in 2014 and is a collaboration with Tony Award winners Joe Mantello (director; Wicked, Other Desert Cities), John Logan (writer; Red, Skyfall)) and Brian Yorkey (writer; Next to Normal). The Last Ship tells the story of the demise of the shipbuilding industry in 1980s Newcastle which had, for so long, shaped and overshadowed the city, its development, and its community.
The Last Ship album is produced by Rob Mathes (Sting, Eric Clapton , Elton John , Lou Reed , Carly Simon ) and engineered and mixed by Donal Hodgson. The Last Ship will be available as both a digital and physical release in two configurations; a 12-song version and a 2-disc deluxe version featuring five additional tracks. (The 12-song version will also be available on vinyl.) A super deluxe edition, containing 2-discs comprised of 20 tracks within special packaging, will also be sold as a physical product exclusively at Amazon.com (order above).