Review: Sting and Shaggy Throw an Eclectic Reggae Party on ’44/876′

Shaggy and Sting’s first collaborative album is ’44/876.’ Salvador Ochoa

Sting’s last album, 57th & 9th, was a surprisingly straight-ahead, rock-oriented affair. Here, he pulls another detour, teaming up with Jamaican reggae-pop growler Shaggy. The sunny, nonchalant results often suggest Roxanne hitting a Sandals resort, trading her red dress for a string bikini and flip-flops.

Extending his bona fides, Sting evokes “the ghost of Bob Marley that haunts me to this day” on the buoyant title track, which,…