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Outlandos D'Amour by The Police
Released: Jan 1978
Label: A&M
Even compared to the rest of their catalog -- one of the strongest in all of modern rock -- the Police's debut could be considered the band's greatest moment. More punky, less polished, Outlandos (with its nonsensical pseudo-French title) shows signs of the Police's later radio-ruling pop sensibilities with skuzzy up-rockers like "Next to You" and "So Lonely" and of course the iconic "Roxanne." But there's a subversive wink in the unpredictable reggae-rock production, long run times, and "(Be My Girl) Sally" -- the first hint of Sting's penchant for kinky sex.
Jonathan Zwickel
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