Sting & Shaggy - 44/876
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2018 Ratings: #545 / 546
User Score
Based on 27 ratings
2018 Ratings: #529
April 20, 2018 / Release Date
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A&M, Interscope / Label
Reggae / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
The Telegraph

These songs are strong enough to fit anywhere into Sting’s impressive canon, delivered with an energy and focus that keeps his tendency to over-elaborate at bay.

60
AllMusic

Shaggy and Sting might not first appear to be an ideal match, but they're both rooted in reggae and are both international stars, so they share a vernacular that helps turn 44/876 into a surprisingly enjoyable pan-international pop album.

60
The Observer

44/876 may be no more exciting than a well-made sofa, but only psychopaths don’t like sofas.

50
Rolling Stone

44/876 contains much of the sizzle of classic reggae or dancehall, though a little more substance would've been welcome too.

48
Pitchfork

The reggae-lite collaboration between Sting and Shaggy is as professional, good-natured, and helplessly uncool as its billing promises.

40
NME

There’s something weirdly enjoyable about this cheery abomination of an album.

40
The Independent

In truth, his former band were the only rockers to usefully absorb reggae rhythms, and Marley’s ghost is as likely to rattle and wail at Shaggy’s woefully reduced pop dancehall powers, in a purposeless collaboration brokered by management.

40
The Guardian

The sound of two millionaires fretting non-specifically about the state of the world is pretty annoying, especially given their only solutions are Marley-ish bromides about peace and love.

40
Clash
‘44/876’ is like a hilarious fever dream somehow brought to life.
25
A.V. Club

It’s surprising anyone would make or listen to this, when there’s literally 50 years of reggae music to choose from, yet here we are.

Apr 20, 2018
jordymusic
10
Hard to totally shit on two older guys trying to make a fun and positive record together but holy shit is this a bland creation. I don't know who it was made for, reggae fans will see immediately how amateur and nullifying the reggae aspects of the record are and unless by some miraculous coincidence there's someone out there who happens to be a DIEHARD fan of both Sting AND Shaggy I don't see an audience. The only semi-interesting part of the whole record was the courtroom song concept and ... read more
May 1, 2018
itsyahboinoah
27
Doomed from the very start lol
Apr 26, 2018*
Z.Younk
20
Sting legally adopted Shaggy in 2002 and literally nursed him back to health with his succulent milk. Their relationship has flourished into this wonderful soundtrack for the toddler area in Disney's Animal Kingdom!
Apr 20, 2018
NR
This is good dance music, not rock album. Only good fun
Aug 20, 2018
Claytastic
8
44/876 feels like a playdate set up by two moms who get along well and enjoy talking to each other, but the kids hate each other, so they just fight, while the moms talk downstairs. The moms know of the conflict between their kids, but they just ignore it because they want to hang out. Sting probably said some racist shit to Shaggy at school, they fought, and that's why they hate each other. The moms bonded over the experience of meeting in the principal's office at school with both of their ... read more
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Track List

  1. 44/876 (feat. Morgan Heritage & Aidonia)
  2. Morning Is Coming
  3. Waiting For the Break of Day
  4. Gotta Get Back My Baby
  5. Don't Make Me Wait
  6. Just One Lifetime
  7. 22nd Street
  8. Dreaming In the U.S.A.
  9. Crooked Tree
  10. To Love and Be Loved
  11. Sad Trombone
  12. Night Shift
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Added on: April 3, 2018