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Helen Folasade Adu was born in Ibadan, Nigeria. Her father was Nigerian, a university teacher of economics; her mother Anne was an English nurse. The couple met in London while he was studying at the LSE and moved to Nigeria shortly after getting married. When their daughter was born, nobody locally was prepared to call her by her English name, and a shortened version of Folasade stuck. Then, ... Read more in Amazon's Sade Store

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  • Audio CD (17 May 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B000050XNT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,429 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. Flow (Album Version) 4:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. King of Sorrow (Album Version) 4:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Somebody Already Broke My Heart (Album Version) 5:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. All About Our Love (Album Version) 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Slave Song 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. The Sweetest Gift (Album Version) 2:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Every Word (Album Version) 4:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Immigrant (Album Version) 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Lovers Rock (Album Version) 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. It's Only Love That Gets You Through (Album Version) 3:53£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Format : LP 180 gram / Sleeve : 3mm

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In the 1980s, Sade's brand of elegant pop/R&B owned the charts, making the Nigerian/British chanteuse one of those artists whose very name became the adjective to describe their sound. After an eight-year layoff, Sade and her core band (and long-time producer Mike Pela), are back with an album that is both a stunning reaffirmation of her artistry and a solid soulful collection. Perhaps the best thing that can be said about Lover's Rock is that it picks up where Sade left off, meaning that you will hear no cool beats or hot hired hands or hip-hop cameos. This is Sade music: on the first single, "By Your Side", she glides back into the spotlight on gentle, country-ish and sparse wings, singing, once again, about love's power to redeem. Of course Sade also knows that love can stink: listen to the dub riddim-tinged "Every Word" and cry tears of recognition. Decidedly female but utterly universal, grown up yet not hardened, Lover's Rock ranks as one of the best of the year, and the return of a true original. --Amy Linden

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Sade had been absent for years and returned with this rich and bluesy masterpiece. It wasn't what some had expected after so long a time but it is exactly what it was meant to be. It is a sumptuous meal seasoned with love and emotion. Sade gives us a portrait of inner strength anyone who has ever loved, and lost, knows all to well. For the most part this is about holding on to hope for love and not becoming jaded by those who hurt us.
It would have been easy for Sade to have a 'guest' or two on this album but she has kept not only the integrity of her music but her own personal integrity in tact. "Lovers Rock" is a mix of African and Caribbean styles that has some great moments. It also includes what will surely become one of the most requested and fondly loved songs in her already full catalog of diamonds.

I am speaking, of course, of "Somebody Already Broke My Heart." Anyone who has ever loved has had the feelings Sade lays bare here. But that has always been the secret of Sade's music. It either captures a mood and makes us feel, or it puts into words what we do feel. It is a magic gift Sade posseses like few others.
"King of Sorrow" is another shining example of Sade's vocal artistry matched with perfect rhythms to create a song we have all felt before. Who hasn't felt at one time or another that it was sorrow, especially the sorrow love can bring, that rules our lives?
We are treated to the hope of love here as well though. "By Your Side" and "All About Our Love" shows how we hang on to real love once we find it. Even the love for a child is touched upon as Sade sings "The Sweetest Gift," a song she wrote for her daughter. It is about the light of hope all children carry into the world.
As Sade reminds us here, it really is only love that gets us through.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Dec. 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am afraid that words cannot do this album justice. Along with Jill Scott's debut, this is the year's finest album; it encxhants you. Songs, By Your Side and It's Only Love That Gets You Through, cannot help but bring a smile to your face. In total contrast are the sorrowful Slave Song and Immigrant, where you can really empathise with the pain. Every Word and Somebody Already Broke My Heart are also in a similar vain. But this standout of the set is the heart breaking King of Sorrow. Sade - sheer class!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
It's been too long since Sade Adu was heard gently drifting over the airwaves, but finally, for those of us patiently waiting for new material since the release of "Love Deluxe" the wait is over. Was it worth it? Oh yes, Sade returns with her band and delivers an album of such beauty, pain and passion that one wonders how could anyone beat it. Accused in some quarters of always sounding the same, "Lovers Rock" is a new direction for Sade, the lyrics raw and the music achingly passionate, not an easy album to record, but a easy album to fall in love with. An instant classic. Nobody does it better or with such class. Welcome back girl, we've missed hearing you sing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By guy.madgwick@pgen.com on 29 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
The mark of a good album is one that gets better and better with repeat plays. I bought Lover's Rock out of nostalgia for first hearing Sade whilst working in Dubai in the early 80's. I really expected to hear a tired comeback album but was stunned with the quality of songs from start to finish. Sade is truly one of the best soul voices around and the arrangements by her band are exceptional. Play this album on a loop for a week or so and discover one of the most enchanting albums of the year. A very pleasant suprise.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Guardian TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Feb. 2014
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`Lovers Rock' was released in November 2000, eight years after `Love Deluxe' but well worth waiting for. This is a rhythmic, bluesy collection well up to Sade's usual standard with the whole band on top form and Ms Adu in particular turning in an epic vocal performance.

LR has a distinctive sound: in place of the breathy vocals characteristic of the band's classic long slow numbers, it's more upbeat and rhythm-dominated whilst retaining its trademark poignancy.

The collection is mercifully bereft of that modern curse of the successful music artiste, ergo `guest appearances'; only the original band of Adu, Matthewman, Denman and Hale feature, ably complemented throughout by session-drummer Karl Vanden Bossche. This endows LR with a power and unity of mood absent from many contemporaries.

Highlights include `Somebody already broke my Heart', the title track and the opener `By your Side.' The quietest and simplest track is the delightful `The Sweetest Gift', an ode to Sade's only child, a heartfelt song accompanied only by acoustic guitar.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Muyak on 4 Mar. 2002
Format: Audio CD
I have always wondered why many reviewers often describe Sade as 'quietly releasing an album, continuing where she left off with the previous one, sell a few million and then disappear for a few years'. 'Lovers rock' represents a change of direction: only a very small step in the context
of music in general, but a change nevertheles. When I heard the CD for the first time, I couldn't quite put my finger on what was different about it. I then listened to an older Sade album and then it hit me. Gone are the sensuous,sinewy sax laden songs to be replaced by a set that is acoustic and reggae tinged( e.g. title track).Sade's lyrics are always quite profound and nowhere is this more evident than on the excellent 'Immigrant' and 'King of Sorrow'.The simple effective multilayered tracking that characterised songs like 'Sweetest taboo', 'Paradise', 'Nothing can come between us', 'No ordinary love' etc is absent here although 'Flow'comes close. This CD is not quite as excellent and attention grabbing as the 1st 2 but still very good . Best track by a mile is 'King of sorrow'. Vintage Sade. Other standout tracks are 'Immigrant' and 'All about our
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