On this album, Sting finally showed the true potential of his solo career. The previous one, "The Dream of the Blue Turtles", had been good, but was very disappointing when compared to the last Police album, "Synchronicity". Although there had been many successful jazz-rock songs (Sting's new musical direction) on "The Dream of the Blue Turtles", not many worked well enough, and the album came out pretty patchy. There are less jazzy songs on this album, with a larger focus on world music; luckily he was able the style his own twist, and avoided sounding too much like Peter Gabriel (Gabriel had been doing similar music since at least 1980, and had released the enourmously successful "So" the year before, which had a large amount of world music in its style). Although the jazzy influence of the previous album stayed, the jazzier songs (Englishman In New York, for example) were more comfortable and relaxed, and the others (The Lazarus Heart, Be Still My Beating Heart, Straight To My Heart [Yes, he has a thing for songs about hearts], and They Dance Alone, with the last featuring guitar god Mark Knopfler) were just as succesful, and the album comes to a close with a spacey cover of the Jimi Hendrix classic "Little Wing" and the closing, almost the title track, "Sister Moon"(Which includes guitar god number two for this album, Eric Clapton). Despite those great ones, there are some strange funk songs (We'll Be Together, Rock Steady), which have lesser impacts simply because they don't fit in. But even with those weak spots, the others make up for it. This is definitely the best Sting album, and certainly the best of 1987.
Five stars (I'm kinda biased: I love this album)