Sting's last album, 57th & 9th, was a surprisingly straight-ahead, rock-oriented affair. Here, he pulls another detour, teaming up with Jamaican reggae-pop growler Shaggy. The sunny, nonchalant results often suggest Roxanne hitting a Sandals resort, trading her red dress for a string bikini and flip-flops.
Extending his bona fides, Sting evokes "the ghost of Bob Marley
This article originally appeared on www.rollingstone.com: Review: Sting and Shaggy Throw an Eclectic Reggae Party on '44/876'