Album Review: Sting & Shaggy - 44/876 (8/10)

44/876 is the first collaborative album Sting has made since departing The Police nearly 35 years ago. It is also the first joint project of Shaggy’s career. The Grammy winners created the foundation for these 14-tracks with a mutual admiration for roots reggae and reggae fusion. The LP's lead single “Don’t Make Me Wait” is formatted in the traditional structure of music from the Lovers Rock genre. While the glaring musical theater components of the album’s ninth track, “Crooked Tree,” marks a huge divergence from any song that these two have recorded in the past, 44/876 is radio-friendly music that confronts social injustice, politics and love with a positive message

A&M/Interscope Records
Producer: Martin Kierszenbaum