is the fifth studio album released by Sting
. The album was marked by its tight studio production and use of brass reminiscent of recordings made at FAME Studios
in the 1960s. This release was considered by many fans to signal the beginning of Sting's transition from heavier jazz-inspired rock to the adult contemporary
genre. There was one uplifting ballad, the second single, "You Still Touch Me."
The track "Twenty Five to Midnight" is not available on every release of the album. It is listed in the official discography tracklist, but was excluded from the American and Canadian releases. It however was included in the CD-Maxi Single of "You Still Touch Me", as the 4th track.
The album begins and ends with the words "mercury falling".
"Valparaiso" was used during the closing credits of the 1996 film White Squall
All songs written, arranged and composed by Stingexcept "La Belle Dame Sans Regrets" written, arranged and composed by Sting and Dominic Miller.
- "The Hounds of Winter" – 5:27
- "I Hung My Head" – 4:40
- "Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot" – 6:41
- "I Was Brought to My Senses" – 5:48
- "You Still Touch Me" – 3:46
- "I'm So Happy I Can't Stop Crying" – 3:56
- "All Four Seasons" – 4:28
- "Twenty Five to Midnight" – 4:09 (excluded from original Canada/US releases)
- "La Belle Dame Sans Regrets" –......