The stage was set for the Police to become one of the biggest acts of the '80s, and the band delivered with the 1980 classic Zenyatta Mondatta. The album proved to be the trio's second straight number one album in the U.K., while peaking at number three in the U.S. Arguably the best Police album, Zenyatta contains perhaps the quintessential new wave anthem, the haunting "Don't Stand So Close to Me," the story of an older teacher lusting after one of his students. While other tracks follow in the same spooky path (their second Grammy-winning instrumental "Behind My Camel" and "Shadows in the Rain"), most of the material is upbeat, such as the carefree U.S./U.K. Top Ten "De Do Do Do, De Da Da Da," "Canary in a Coalmine," and "Man in a Suitcase." Sting includes his first set of politically charged lyrics in "Driven to Tears," "When the World Is Running Down, You Make the Best of What's Still Around," and "Bombs Away," which all observe the declining state of the world. While Sting would later criticize the album as not all it could have been (the band was rushed to complete the album in order to begin another tour), Zenyatta Mondatta remains one of the finest rock albums of all time.
Performance CreditsPolice Primary Artist
Stewart Copeland Drums,Vocals
Andy Summers Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsPolice Producer
Margaret Goldfarb Reissue Production Coordination
Nigel Gray Producer,Engineer
Janette Beckman Cover Photo
Meire Murakami Reissue Design
Michael Ross Art Direction
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Zenyatta Mondatta based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
This is a good record but Bombs Away is very Strange.
Such a cool album this is! There are classics like "Don't Stand So Close To Me", an instrumental written by guitarist Andy Summers in "Behind My Camel", the atmospheric "Shadows In The Rain" (try to pay attention to Summers' guitar work on this one!), and the ska number "Canary In A Coal Mine! An excellent choice to get for fans of new wave!
I bought this album when it came out yes it is on vinyl but I have on CD also. What a great album if you are a new fan of the police this is the album to start with.