2007 started with great news for Classic Rock fans: Police might be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of their first hit single "Roxanne" (and their very first single, "Fallout") by getting back together for a world tour. Awesome, the fans and critics say, they easily will fill stadiums and the audience is at the right age and economic level to afford "Rolling Stones" venues and prices.
Synchronicity is an album where the listener recognizes Sting's dominance over all Police's music but that's OK. His points of view overshadows the ones of the other two and we get lots of synthesizers and weird noises that have anything to do with Police's first three records. However, Andy Summers manages to represent with his magical guitar and Stewart definitely proves he is the most successful drummer in the world, acclaimed by everybody. Synchronicity might be Sting's album, but it's Stewart's work. 6/4 time on "Synchronicity I," Hard 4/4 hitting on "Synchronicity II," elegant percussion on "Wrapped Around Your Finger" and "Walking In Your Footsteps." Every rock drummer who wants to improve their skills must have this record.
Andy Summers and Stewart Copeland bring a little of comic relief with their compositions, "Mother" and "Miss Gradenko," respectively. On the first, Summers doesn't look at Jung but at his mentor Freud to find an explanation to his poor dating skills. Copeland's is a catchy one about a U.S.S.R. desertor who shows affection for the West (by the way, Stewart's father was a CIA agent during the beginning of the Cold War). On "Synchronicity II" Sting gets back at us and finds the closest metaphore to Jung's theory: "Nessie" coming from the bottom of Loch Ness while, many miles away, Sting witnesses the breakup of his family by the monstruosity of modern life: "Mother chants her lethany of boredom and frustration/ but we all know her suicides are fake". The verses suggest that the family might have been murdered by a deranged father.
The first side is adorable, and the second side offers us Police's biggest hit, Grammy Winner "Every Breath You Take," a simple song about a former lover who becomes a stalker, but no one seems to perceive the potential danger of this. "King Of Pain" puts Sting again on the spot of being cruel just to protect his emotions, a subject continuing on "Wrapped Around Your Finger". Lest not forget that he was going through a painful divorce during these years, leaving his wife for her best friend, Trudy Styler. "Tea In The Sahara" is a haunting tribute to Paul Bowles' novel "The Sheltering Sky" that closes the LP, but not the CD nor the cassette. That's the role of "Murder By Numbers," an Andy Summers-Sting collaboration about the reflections of a serial killer (or maybe the father of SII). The song doesn't quite match the mood of the album, but it's a nice novelty song that ends Police's album career.