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The Last Ship is the eleventh studio album by English musician Sting, released on 20 September 2013 in Germany[12][13] and on 24 September 2013 in the UK and US. It contains songs written for and inspired by the musical The Last Ship, which was then in production and would premiere in June 2014. The Last Ship is the first full-length LP of original material released by Sting since his 2003 album Sacred Love.[14]

The album, like the musical, takes inspiration from the closing of the shipyards in and around the historic shipbuilding town of Wallsend, where Sting grew up. The album features guest artists with roots in the northeast of England, including Brian Johnson from AC/DC, Jimmy Nail, The Unthanks, The Wilson Family, and Kathryn Tickell.[15]

Background

The album is inspired by the musical of the same name, which premiered in June 2014, and whose songs were written by Sting. The play explores the themes of homecoming and self-discovery, drawing upon Sting's memories of growing up in the shipbuilding town of Wallsend, along with his reflections on the complexity of relationships, the passage of time and the importance of family and community.[16]

Of the album's twelve songs and the musical's roughly twenty songs, only six are common to both (although the deluxe version of the album includes another three, and the "super deluxe" version includes another four). In some cases, the differences are due to changes to the musical after all the album had already been recorded,[17] such as the song "What Say You Meg?" being written to replace "Practical Arrangement".[18]

Commercial performance

The Last Ship debuted at No. 13 on the Billboard 200,[19] and No. 6 on the Top Rock Albums,[20] selling 20,000 copies in the first week. The album has sold 90,000 copies in the United States as of September 2016.[21]

Formats

The album is available as both a digital and physical release in two configurations: a standard 12-song version (also available on vinyl) and a 2-disc deluxe version with 5 additional tracks. Moreover, a 2-disc super deluxe edition with 20 tracks and special packaging is available.

Track listing

All tracks written by Sting, except where noted.

Standard and vinyl edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "The Last Ship"   3:51
2. "Dead Man's Boots"   3:30
3. "And Yet"   3:53
4. "August Winds"   3:18
5. "Language of Birds" Sting, Rob Mathes 3:30
6. "Practical Arrangement" Sting, Mathes 3:20
7. "The Night the Pugilist Learned How to Dance"   4:13
8. "Ballad of the Great Eastern" Sting, Mathes, Dominic Miller, Kathryn Tickell, Jo Lawry, Peter Tickell, Ira Coleman 5:15
9. "What Have We Got?" (featuring Jimmy Nail) Sting, Jimmy Nail, K. Tickell, P. Tickell, Julian Sutton, Lawry 3:35
10. "I Love Her But She Loves Someone Else" Sting, Mathes 3:42
11. "So to Speak" (featuring Becky Unthank)   4:07
12. "The Last Ship (Reprise)"   3:20

Personnel

Charts and certifications

References

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