At the same time, it makes Outlandos d’Amour difficult to buy into – experienced musicians pretending to be punk to get a record deal. There were egg boxes on the walls, a sure sign of the home enthusiast. He's so archly superior to the material that he fails to invest it with much feeling. Your humble writer considers the Police one of his favorite acts, and bears a great amount of affection for each of their releases. Just listen to 'Next To You', 'Peanuts', 'Truth Hits Everybody' and the would-be generational anthem 'Born In The '50s': superfically hard and fast, but sprinkled with pointy-headed chords, shades of FM rock and Sting's innate pop aesthetics. The album's bare-boned production can work against them when the song falls short, as on the merely passable 'Truth Hits Everybody' and the 'Be My Girl/Sally' medley. Their punk pose is no more than a manipulative come-on. Though "Roxanne" was never banned, the BBC did ban the second single from Outlandos d'Amour, "Can't Stand Losing You".This was due to the single's cover, which featured Copeland hanging himself over an ice block being melted by a portable radiator. Image (age and attitude etc) ultimately detracts from The Police's commercial potential. I feel so lonely, 'Roxanne', I won't share you with another boy, I was born in the 50's. It's - the most inviting mainstream rock debut since the Cars' arrival last summer. Leave feedback, Outlandos d'Amour is the debut album by The Police, released in 1978. The song was performed regularly on the early Police tours, and Sting later included it during his 'Broken Music' tour in 2005–2006. Like the Beatles wrote. That maybe leads to excessive repetition and rather ponderous arrangements on 'Hole In My Life' and 'Born In The 50s'. That was the turning point for The Police - that and Andy joining, which enabled us to do more sophisticated material," he told Melody Maker.Recorded in chunks over a six month period, Outlandos was released in November 1978 and featured at least three classic Police songs (four if you count the thrash of 'Next To You') in the shape of 'Roxanne', 'Can't Stand Losing You' and 'So Lonely' each of which were released and re-released as singles. They are in punk visual butch clobber, fond of rippling neo-reggae structures (as on their current minor hit, 'Can't Stand Losing You', included here with their previous single 'Roxanne') and not averse to a bit of bop.They're competent and detached craftsmen, hard working at staving off the army. The album is all over the place musically with elements of rock, reggae, jazz and even some experimental stuff thrown into the mix. Review from Circus by David FrickeThis is an auspicious debut for a British new wave band that, for once, eschews the heated discussion of social ills for hook-laden tunes stripped to fighting rock & roll trim. "Tell me, what do you think of The Police?" This is evident on the opening track "Next to You", despite it essentially being a love song. Neither am I. 'Outlandos d'Amour' should be one of 1979's top albums and the reason is simple. Review from The Los Angeles Times by Robert HilburnThis English/American trio combines reggae, new wave and classic pop-rock into a fresh, original sound. Like that band, Police mixes tense, econom? A new version of Last.fm is available, to keep everything running smoothly, please reload the site. For more details check the "Quotations and Triv… Police has a more demure sensibility than Elvis Costello, the Ramones or the Clash, and when it tries a rave-up ('Peanuts') the group sounds silly. "Roxanne" is a song by English rock band The Police. So Summers, who can freak out with the best of them, spends most of his time punching quietly vicious rhythm chords while Copeland, who is very good at being busy and loud, concentrates on subtle variations drawing in percussion, synthi-drums and dub 'zaps'.After that whether you like The Police or not is down to singer Sting who, apart from his other chores, wrote all the songs too. Style: New Wave, Pop Rock. But the good still outweighs the bad, or even merely average.After two more albums in a similar vein, The Police mutated into the worthy rock band everyone knew they were, before quitting while still ahead. So A&M released our album and it also started to move up the charts. They were on their way.Review from Mojo by Mark BlakeIt's difficult to comprehend how much The Police polarized opinion in the late '70s. Review from Mojo by John HarrisRecorded at Surrey Sound in glamorous Leatherhead ("a cruddy, funky place with egg cartons on the wall), and built around a triptych of glorious singles: 'Roxanne', 'So Lonely', and perhaps best of all, the jaw-sropping gonzo suicide piece 'Can't Stand Losing You'. Scrobbling is when Last.fm tracks the music you listen to and automatically adds it to your music profile. I loved Yes, Sabbath, Zep etc but this new energetic sound called punk then new wave was very interesting. - Rush had pilfered some of The Police's style. The LP initially flopped, due to low exposure and an unfavourable reaction from the BBC to its first two singles, "Can't Stand Losing You" and "Roxanne" (about suicide and prostitution, respectively). Review from The Washington Times by Harry SumrallOut of the convulsions of English Punk has emerged a style of rock that is nervy and brash, but also refined and melodically inviting. A masterpiece from THE Police. Yankee drummer Stewart Copeland maintains no-nonsense syncopation at all times (the Ramone-drone drive of 'Peanuts' and goosestepping funaholic march of 'Hole In My Life'), displaying as well a workable mastery of the reggae rhythms liberally dosed throughout the album.The band's overall sound is refreshingly spare, uncrowded by anarchic distortion and often heightened by the deft touches of dub punctuating 'Can't Stand Losing You' and - to a great extent - 'Roxanne'. Sting makes this track with his surging; pleading vocals. We were insane in our optimism, and we were never happier. His fulsome gritty voice pours forth like a river, dodging and weaving around the syncopated reggae groove that forms the base of their sound.The Police have had problems getting airplay for their songs with X-rated themes of suicide and prostitution - a ridiculous technicality, considering that the songs hardly advocate such activities. Roxanne. "I'd drive back to London in my old Citroen in a kind of euphoria, with these tunes thundering in my head, yelling improvised lyrics at the top of my voice to the empty road and the stars twinkling sceptically above the rooftops. Review from BillboardProduced by the Police, There's a lot to listen to in this 10 cut debut from one of the new wave's more listenable trios, including the reggae-tinged lead cut, 'Roxanne', which deals with prostitution in a poignant way. "'Lyrics', 10/07"We went into the studio and recorded an album for ourselves and took 'Roxanne' from it for a single. If the flexible, jazz-influenced flourishes of drummer Stewart Copeland, a reggae beat and guitarist Andy Summers' finely honed attentiveness to nuance lend the Police, a stylish art-rock elegance, their music still sounds unpolished and sometimes means enough to let them pass for part-time members of the New Wave - even though it's brand of New Wave sufficiently watered down to allow these guys to become today's AOR darlings.