57TH & 9TH is Sting’s 12th studio album, and his first in 13 years. The title refers to the intersection of W 57th St. and 9th Ave. in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of New York City. Sting would walk through that intersection on his daily commute to the recording studio.
Sting notes that if there’s a theme in the lyrics of 57th & 9th, it’s the idea of travel and motion, most apparent in the autobiographical “Heading South On The Great North Road” and in “Inshallah,” a first-person account of the global refugee crisis, written from a humanitarian point of view. “It’s about searching and traveling, the road, that pull of the unknown.” he says. “On this album, we ended up with something that’s energetic and noisy, but also thoughtful.”