Outlandos Dâ€™Amour, the debut album by the reggae/powerpop/post punk trio The Police, is now available on MP3 format from Amazon this month for only $5.00, as part of their monthly 100 MP3 Albums For $5 Each promotion.
Whatâ€™s great about Outlandos Dâ€™Amour, first released 35 years ago this year, is that itâ€™s still fresh and adventurous after all these years, gleefully free of the superstar trappings that later came to be associated with the band, especially with its lead singer/bass player/main creative force Sting. The band sports a sort of rag-tag way about them here on this record, employing a nice hybrid of white manâ€™s reggae with some punk sounds, and even a little rock and roll to boot. Drummer Stewart Copeland keeps a superb energy and creativity throughout (as heâ€™s done during his entire career with the band and onward in his solo projects); ex-Animals guitarist Andy Summers brings a sense of authority and elder statesmanship with his guitar noodlings, and Sting supplies just the right formula as the man up front.
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