The Police, as a band, are completely unpredictable. No two releases or songs are like the other. Ghosts In the Machine (1981) is no exception. One minute you maybe listening to a straight-up pop number and the next minute you maybe listening to a reggae-tinged song.

The album’s overall strong points are the first tracks, which are the album’s singles: Spirits in the Material World and Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic.

However, there is a little bit of weakness on this album. On Invisible Sun, the overall sound is very monotonous with a catch on the chorus.

But the album kicks into overdrive with a fretless bass line that every bassist would dream to play on Hungry For You (J’aurais tojours faim de toi). The bass lines only get better on the next track, the one and only Demolition Man – which is only 6 minutes long. As a novice bass player, I shudder but accept the challenge to play this particular bass line.

One thing that is unique about this album is the usage of the french language. Though most of The Police’s albums have french title, such as their previous album  Zenyattta Mondatta, this one has an english title but contains a song in almost complete french – Hungry For You (J’aurais tojours faim de toi).

Overall the album is a great album. B+

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