I suspect that removing the two words "the" and "new" or perhaps even just the word "new" from your original phrase: "Play the new Album The Modern Age by Sleeper" might also work.
I communicate with quite a few people around the world who use online translators to and from English in our correspondence. I frequently think carefully about how I am constructing a sentence to try and maximise the chance that the translator will not get confused.
I have the same problem where I cannot get Alexa to play the track. If a song title is the same as an album title Alexa will always play the album and not the song - there is no way to play the song directly.
Just tried a two part request but Alexa was on to me. "Alexa, play an album for me." I expected she'd ask which album but instead, she decided I'd like to hear Abby Road by the Beatles. Not bad, but not what I was in the mood for.
FWIW, I went to the Alexa app and in the "recently played" section, I have Hotel California (HC) and Abby Road (AR) shown with their respective album covers. No indicator (that I can see) that one is a single and the other is an album but that is the case.
Alexa says, "hmmmm, I don't know that" when I asked her to play the album that has "Life in the Fast Lane". She's tricky (or increasingly less bright, I suspect).
She can play the individual tracks from HC (if asked for individually).
On TV, the "good son" teaches his old father how to ask for a song with a single lyric (if you can call it that). That seems to be a bit overstated by what I'm experiencing.
This is certainly more convenient than grabbing a CD and pushing play. Dontcha think?
@Quiet: Sorry, think the "pro" bit may be a bit of an overstatement now. :(
Totally accept and respect that you are embarking on a new integration - but we are just fellow customers. Your general comments do not allow us to offer targeted or specific suggestions or solutions.
I would strongly and respectfully suggest that you continue to play with the new toys and work out what works and what does not - and then hit up the forum for specific Q&A - we would be a lot more useful to you I believe in that scenario.
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I wonder why someone would follow their own alternative forum profile.