Zenyatta Mondatta (studio album) by The Police

Zenyatta Mondatta
Zenyatta Mondatta by The Police
Year: 1980
Overall rank: 1,111th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
75/100 (from 427 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1980 (22nd)
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THE POLICE - Zenyatta Mondatta (LP) (VG-/VG)
Condition: Used
Time left: 1h 14m 55s
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The Police: Zenyatta Mondatta Vinyl LP
Condition: New
Time left: 1h 58m 56s
Ships to: Worldwide

Condition: Used
Time left: 2h 43m 45s
Ships to: Worldwide

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Zenyatta Mondatta is ranked 5th best out of 12 albums by The Police on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by The Police is Synchronicity which is ranked number 336 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 5,897.

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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 77 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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This album is rated in the top 12% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 75.5/100, a mean average of 74.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 75.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.3.

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From 03/20/2020 02:17
Riding the post-punk wave, The Police made their music stand out by leaning more heavily towards reggae than many of their contemporaries. The result was a fairly uncompromising career, even if some of their better known hits have been overplayed somewhat. This is a very good album, full of exciting sounds and virtuoso playing, and whilst it added little new to the Police's palette, it stands as a triumph in their catalogue.
High Points: When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around; Don't Stand So Close To Me; Canary In A Coalmine
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From 04/18/2018 15:32
Enjoyable. Not as good as their previous efforts, but nice new wave/reggae-rock
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From 02/20/2018 03:42
It is all about the music. In this case there are no clever lyrics to distract. For me it works grand, just to sing along and feel good. The Police were a really good band. This is actually my favourite.
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From 01/04/2018 14:49
As I recall, this was one of those albums that ushered in the sound we later called, "new wave". It seemed as though the formatted radio stations didn't know quite what to do with it. But "Don't Stand" was too good to ignore. Not sure if the Police made it to the hall of fame. If they have, this record is one of the reasons why.
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From 03/05/2017 08:58
Tracks 1-4, 7: Killer
Tracks 5-6, 8-11: Filler
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From 11/30/2016 02:48
It starts with the power of a thousand suns and continues with the boredom of a thousand fillers.

Ends up being just average.
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From 06/29/2016 21:39
This album is my favorite Police album. It is also number #14 on my greatest album chart. The only problem with this album is that 1/3 of the album is filler tracks that are normally instrumentals
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From 06/04/2016 21:08
This album is slightly underrated in my opinion. Ok, it's probably not their best, but some fine songs here; don't stand so close to me, driven to tears, and, canary in a coalmine. Enjoyable record.
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From 06/04/2015 15:22
Good album by The Police, the band said they rushed this album's recording and regret doing that. I wonder how this different would this album be had they spent more time developing it. Aside from that, great tracks with a few forgettable ones here and there.
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From 05/14/2015 16:47
Some exploit like "Don't stand so close to me" and "Behind my camel" that is a fantastic instrumental piece, but the album doesn't give anything new, it seems they are tired, far below the first two
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