When the Police debuted in 1977, they seem fresh. Their power came from their diversity: Sting was a jazz guy, Stewart Copeland was into the DIY aesthetic of punk, Andy Summers was from prog rock. The whole thing was built on Sting’s songwriting.
But then the group broke up and Sting steadily descended into the hackiest lite rock faux jazz blah fest. Has he written a memorable song since the early ’90s? Are any of his solo albums worth listening to these days? I don’t think so. It calls into question whether he was ever talented.