This week's RTÉ Radio 1 Album of The Week is The Bridge from Sting.

Representing various stages and styles from throughout his career and drawing inspiration from genres including rock n' roll, jazz, classical music and folk, The Bridge was written in a year of global pandemic and finds Sting ruminating on personal loss, separation, disruption, lockdown, and extraordinary social and political turmoil.

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Exploring a multitude of concepts and themes, a "bridge" represents the enduring and ever-evolving link between ideas, cultures, continents, and even the banks of a river. It's also a route into the past, and so it was that Sting found himself considering the music and the places that have formed his own foundations, and that indeed are embedded in his very DNA.

Listen to The Bridge below, via Spotify:

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