Sade and her band gave this album a lighter tone than the bluesy "Promise" which preceded it and it has the feel of sandy shores at twilight and the nightlife of palm trees and exotic drinks with flowers in them. It is a lush but spare production of rythms and vocals blending perfectly to create a special atmosphere.
No matter where you are, or what you are doing, once this one is playing you are somewhere else. And it is a good place to be. The flavor on this one is really special and even when it moves from the sandy shores (Love is Stronger Than Pride, Paradise) to the city surrounding it (Keep Looking, Clean Heart) there is no doubt we are still there, only it is night now, and time to reflect.
We get the spanish flavored ballad "Haunt Me" and the longing "I Never Thought I'd See the Day" to mellow us down. But it is getting late and the romance with that girl we met on the beach turns in another direction. Sade and her band know how to set this mood well and the instumental "Siempre Hay Esperanza" brings our day on the shore to it's perfect completion. It is a song so sexy it was the background music to the famous "supermarket" scene in "Sea of Love" with Pacino and Barkin.
Great rhythms surround Sade's sensual vocals in this perfect production. Sade knows we don't want to think when in exotic surroundings, we only want to feel. This effort creates that mood completely. We get to go somewhere else and we don't have to travel. All we have to do is pick this one up, and put it on....