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Sting's newly released album, also titled The Last Ship and featuring songs from the upcoming musical, is his first collection of new tunes in a decade. It came to fruition, he told the crowd, only after he was freed from writer's block by the concept of crafting songs to be delivered by other people, representing different perspectives.
He likened the consequent outpouring of music to "projectile vomiting."
His set list at the Public — where he was joined by 14 other musicians and vocalists, a number of them also natives of Northern England — featured at least one song that hadn't made the cut for the stage project (but is on the album): Practical Arrangement, a bittersweet duet written for Meg, the feisty single mom who is Gideon's love interest, and a rival for her affections.
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