Some people will say that this album is self endulgent, well maybe it is but it is quite simply stunning, and so evocative of the albums title 'If on a winter's night'.
This man can simply do no wrong, no matter what he turns his hand to, no matter what the style or subject matter he composes he never fails to deliver something special, and this is a very special album.
Although many of the tracks are traditional he puts his own slant on each one and the new working of 'The Hounds Of Winter' simply oozes through your headphones like glass of warm mulled wine.
A musician of the calabre of a fine wine indeed who only gets better with age and who is not trapped by the confines of the contemporary scene.
There are very few people in todays music scene who are truely unique, Sting is one of them, very much in a class of his own, indicative of a true pioneer, not afraid to explore.
Definately a 'Winter' album though, not something you'd listen to on a beach in the height of summer, and all the more better for it too.
Pour yourself a glass of wine, sit back, close your eyes and enjoy.