After disbanding The
Police at the peak of their popularity in 1984, Sting quickly
established himself as a viable solo artist, one obsessed with expanding the
boundaries of pop music. Sting incorporated heavy elements of jazz,
classical, and worldbeat into his music, writing lyrics that were literate
and self-consciously meaningful, and he was never afraid to emphasize this
fact in the press.
For such unabashed ambition, he was equally loved and reviled, with
supporters believing that he was at the forefront of literate, intelligent
rock and his critics finding his entire body of work pompous. Either way,
Sting remained one of pop's biggest superstars for the first ten years of
his solo career, before his record sales began to slip.
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