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Soldier of Love [VINYL]


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Biography

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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  • Vinyl (25 Oct 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Music On Vinyl
  • ASIN: B0047BBWFK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (79 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 238,253 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Moon And The Sky (4.28)
2. Soldier Of Love (5.57)
3. Morning Bird (3.54)
4. Babyfather (4.39)
5. Long Hard Road (3.00)
6. Be That Easy (3.39)
7. Bring Me Home (5.04)
8. In Another Time (4.06)
9. Skin (4.14)
10. The Safest Place (2.43)

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CD Description

180 grams audiophile vinyl / Gatefold Sleeve / 2010 Grammy award for Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocals

BBC Review

She’s a virtual recluse, refuses to give interviews, and releases albums rarely: in some ways, Sade is the Kate Bush of mellow soul, or M.O.RnB if you will. Soldier of Love is her first album since 2000’s Lovers Rock, and it is hardly less feverishly anticipated than Bush’s last opus, maybe more so in America, where she has a better rep – in Britain she is often dismissed as dinner party jazzy soul muzak.

Immaculately produced, Sade’s albums to date have oozed class and sophistication, although seemingly offering variations on a single theme. But such consistency of tone is deceptive. It would be easy, and wrong, to accuse Sade of sterility and concealing feelings beneath a veneer of unflappable hauteur. Scrutiny of her work reveals moments of serene candour and breathtaking intimacy – I Never Thought I’d See the Day, her best song, from 1988’s Stronger Than Pride, has plenty in common with Portishead.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing quite that unexpected on Soldier of Love. In fact, just when it seemed like the ideal opportunity to proclaim her a musician of rare idiosyncratic wonder, she delivers an album that denies a passionate response. Recorded with the old team of Stuart Matthewman, Paul Denman and Andrew Hale at Peter Gabriel’s Real World studio, this sixth album illustrates the dilemma of the long-term artist: whether to alienate fans with a radical departure or risk the charge of repetition.

The title song is the least Sade-like track here – with its metallic, shiny martial beat not far from trip hop/Tricky territory, it’s the toughest-sounding thing she’s ever done, though the lyric posits the idea of the relationship as battleground, a notion as predictable as the chord sequence. Sade was always better as a mood creator than philosopher, but even so banal couplets abound. “It couldn’t be that easy / It had to be much harder,” she trills on Be That Easy, a foray into spectral country.

There is gospel organ (Be That Easy) and a mid-tempo reggae-ish gait on Babyfather, but mostly Soldier of Love is as mournfully one-paced as previous Sade albums, with the same attention to texture and surface lustre but, alas, not to melody or moving autobiography. This could have been the grown-up Back to Black, as ravishing and revelatory as Winehouse’s great achievement. But instead it finds Sade keeping her distance and retaining her mystique, apparently more for her benefit than ours. --Paul Lester

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Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Best Crime Books TOP 500 REVIEWER on 31 Mar 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Describing Sade's music is quite difficult and I cannot profess to be an expert in musical descriptions. Having said that, I can say that her voice is very smooth and a lot of her songs seem to have a jazz based feel to them. I own every one of her albums and if I'm honest was excited at the prospect of getting my mitts on her new album to see how much the music had changed since the release of Lovers Rock.

Soldier of Love the album has a mere 10 songs on it but as a fan it's more quality than quantity for me. With much trepidation I inserted the CD into my player and waited with baited breath. I had purposely avoided listening to any pre-release snippets so I could decide what I felt.

Her opening track is like the Sade I am used to, a slow and sultry beat and some nice lyrics. The best description is easy listening. However, when her song with the Album name Soldier of Love opened I wondered what had happened. The song opens with quite a fierce beat that I could almost imagine the Soldier's marching to. The song itself is unusual and at first I wasn't sure what my opinion was on it. Babyfather is another track that is a slight change form the Sade `norm'. It does not however fail to hit the right notes. It seems to have a slight reggae feel to it which I really liked. I do not want to describe in detail each song as I don't feel quite qualified to harp on about the music styles; I can only express my personal feeling on the album as a whole.

Just because I am a huge Sade fan, that doesn't mean that I love every track she has produced. I have my favourites and some that I point blank refuse to listen to. Sade has however, produced some amazing songs in her career and her new album will be proudly placed next to the rest of her albums I own.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful By The Wolf TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Feb 2010
Format: Audio CD
Ten years is a long time to linger between albums
but with a performer of Sade's impeccable calibre
the wait has been more than worthwhile.
(Can it really be a quarter of a century since we fell
head-over-heels in love with her debut 'Diamond Life'?!)

This collection of ten fine compositions finds her
graceful presence undiminished. The velvet tones of her
unforced voice have deepened and darkened with time.
Always a captivating instrument, it has never sounded
better than with this mesmerising new material.

There really are some amazing songs here.

The stripped-down arrangement of 'Morning Bird' allows
the intensity of the rapturous melody to shine through.

The martial rhythm of title track 'Soldier Of Love'
delivers one of the most unusual songs she has recorded
in her long and distinguished career. The complex, layered,
harmonies add depth and atmosphere to the central vocal
performance. Martin Ditcham's staccato percussion and
Stuart Matthewman's angular guitar are perfectly judged.

'Long Hard Road' is an elementally soulful track.
The languorous vocal is perfectly focussed and deeply affecting.

'Bring Me Home', too, tugs at the heart-strings.
A sixties-flavoured ballad of captivating beauty.

'Skin' has everything we have come to know and love
about Sade wrapped up in music and lyrics of immediately
recognisable character and quality. A dream of a song!

Final track 'The Safest Place' is simply sublime!

There will be few finer albums this year.

Essential.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Johnson on 8 April 2010
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I have been a Sade fan since Diamond Life and Promise, back in the early 80's. My original cassette tapes of those two wore out and were eventually replaced with CDs; I own all of her albums. We have waited a long time for this latest release and I am not disappointed. I bought it within the first few days and waited to review until I had played it through a number of times. She is at her soulful best on many tracks, her voice seems to be smokier and more soulful than ever, but there are also lighter notes. Beautiful music, I wish it was longer, but perhaps you can't have quality and quantity.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By NeuroSplicer TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Feb 2010
Format: MP3 Download
Christmas break of 1998, second floor living-room of a New Jersey Victorian house, visiting friends; the snow started falling at dusk and now it was well underway, the generous flakes absorbing any sound in the atmosphere. The fireplace radiates a soft glow and the sweet scent of burning pine wood. Tucked in the couch, I am reading a good spy novel. And on the Stereo, Sade's Love Deluxe is playing over and over, making the evening unforgettable, etching every detail to my memory.

Since then the deep, magic voice of SADE provided the soundtrack of many evenings of my life. However, LOVE DELUXE remained unsurpassed. SOLDIER OF LOVE though came as close as none other album.

SOLDIER OF LOVE is a masterpiece. Every single song is wonderful and yet LONG HARD ROAD and IN ANOTHER TIME are the ones I feel longing for. Both of these songs remind of Sade's signature sounds. The rest of the album though takes well studied steps, dancing around her previous works.

Fans will find this album comfortable like an old favorite sweater and fresh like untouched morning snow. If you do not know Sade, this is one of her albums that you must have.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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