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Lovers Rock

SadeAudio CD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (509 customer reviews)

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Soldier of Love is only the sixth studio album the band Sade have released during their 25 year career, and the first since Lover's Rock in 2000. For Sade herself, as the lynchpin of the group's songwriting effort, it's a simple matter of integrity and authenticity. “I only make records when I feel I have something to say. I'm not interested in releasing music just for ... Read more in Amazon's Sade Store

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  • Audio CD (November 14, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: November 14, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000051VWW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (509 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,521 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. By Your Side
2. Flow
3. King Of Sorrow
4. Somebody Already Broke My Heart
5. All About Our Love
6. Slave Song
7. The Sweetest Gift
8. Every Word
9. Immigrant
10. Lovers Rock
11. It's Only Love That Gets You Through

Editorial Reviews

Sade's brand of elegant pop/R&B owned the charts in the '80s, making the Nigerian/British chanteuse one of those artists whose very name becomes the adjective to describe their sound. After an eight-year layoff, Sade and her core band (and longtime producer Mike Pela) are back with a CD that is both a stunning reaffirmation of her artistry and a solid soulful collection. Perhaps the best thing that can be said about Lovers Rock is that it picks up where Sade left off, which means you will hear no cool beats or hot hired hands or hip-hop cameos. This is Sade music, and on the first single, "By Your Side," she glides back into the spotlight on gentle, countryish, sparse wings--singing, once again, about love's power to redeem. Of course, Sade 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, Lovers Rock ranks as one of the best of the year, and marks the return of a true original. --Amy Linden

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90 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seven year itch pays off November 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Aside from one of the most erratic recording schedules in pop history, Sade has spent her career being known and revered for her indisputably original sound. Imitators have come and gone, and countless artists site her as an influence (as controversial as it sounds, she is as important and unique to R&B as the Beatles were to rock), but in the end there is only one Sade, with a voice as warm as an island breeze and grooves as fluid as an ocean's tide. And thankfully, a seven-year hiatus after 1993's "Love Deluxe" hasn't dulled those sensibilities, either: the comeback record "Lovers Rock" proves itself exceedingly worthy of a place in her musical legacy.
Make no mistake; Sade is no more conscious of musical trends than she ever was. She still favors sparse but insistent rhythms, still sings with a deceptively simple seduction, and is still backed up by the same musicians (keyboardist Andrew Hale, guitarist Stuart Matthewman, and bassist Paul Denman). These elements make the first track (and single), "By Your Side," instantly familiar, for all its melodic understatement and flowing beats. A sort of cross between 60's rock and soul, the song is classic Sade all the way. But be prepared to raise an eyebrow elsewhere on the record; "Flow" offers a surprising taste of hip-hop folk, while "King of Sorrow" pairs up traditional Spanish influences with a warm wah-wah guitar. The smooth, destined-for-radio "Somebody Already Broke My Heart" adds a dose of modern soul, while "Every Word" even finds Ms. Adu dabbling in a dose of rock.
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54 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sade "Rocks" Solid November 20, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Nobody makes pain feel as good as Sade. Since her 1984 debut, the oh so sensual chanteuse Sade Adu and her moody groovers Stuart Matthewman (on guitar and sax), Andrew Hale (keyboards) and Paul Spencer Denman (bass) have made a successful career out of their exotic, down-tempo odes to love and loss.
In the eight years since they released their last studio album, Love Deluxe, Sade has, if anything, gotten sultrier. And with today's marketplace dominated by hyperperky teen pop, she returns as the Anti-Britney. (sorry Brit)
With a sound that's strikingly real for these digitized times, Lovers Rock doesn't look only at the rocky side of romance. The disc-opening single, "By Your Side," with its arrangement laying bare, a simple yet poignant lyric, is positively uplifting. Even such sad songs as "King of Sorrow," "Somebody Already Broke My Heart" and the achingly beautiful ballad "It's Only Love That Gets You Through" attest to the adage that what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. And with Sade, the melancholy makes for some mesmerizing music.
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48 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid as a Rock November 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
For every emotion and mood there is a song goddess. For the broken hearted street sista "catchin hell" there's Mary J. Blige, for the jazzed out romantic, there's Anita Baker, for the outspoken, take-no-mess diva, there's Aretha Franklin, for the conscious groove there's Erykah Badu and Jill Scott, and of course for the rainy nights of isolated individuals or on and off again lovers just the same, there's always been Sade. And she is back.
Lover's Rock picks up where Love Deluxe left off, with Sade's melting, haunting vocals over smooth, beautiful tracks that ignite passion, pain, and everything in between. "By Your Side" opens this passage into the soul and with each song, it cuts deeper and deeper. This is classic Sade but it's also Sade's who has grown lyrically and musically. She delivers the gospel of the heart. The moodiness of the mind. And the mysteries of the spirit all in one. Creating an endless experience. An album that'll be played as much as you played Love Deluxe and Love is Stronger Than Pride.
No one brings the passion to music like Sade. She's like the remedy to your loneliness, the counselor to your difficult relationship, and the sermon to your dreams.
Rock on.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sade is back December 8, 2000
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Sade is back big time with Lovers Rock. She sounds great throughout this CD. By Your Side is a wonderful song about all the things that a person should receive in a relationship like encouragement, support, and tenderness. All About Our Love is another good song about the affrimation of love between 2 people. Lovers Rock is a great song about how the power of music can become a source of strength during tough times. Sade deals with deeper themes on the song Slave Song. It is a powerful song about maintaining a sense of optimism that future generations won't have to endure the suffering slaves have gone through. I love the beat of the drums on this song. Somebody Already Broke Heart is about a yearning from someone wanting to be treated with kindness and tenderness after a painful breakup. You will enjoy this CD.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sade Rocks December 30, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was hesitant to buy this cd because of some negative reviews I'd seen, but I am so glad I went ahead and purchased it. This is a more mature Sade, both emotionally and musically. The music is spare, it lets her voice and emotion come through unfettered, and Sade has a lot to say. She is happy, she knows that life sends it's own problems, but she has her lover's rock, and that is enough. Sade has gone through a lot of changes in her life, but she has found a place to rest from the storms. This is the first Sade cd I actually sat through and didn't get bored with her voice or what she has to say. This is not a work for those used to the Mya's, Monica's or Brandy's of the world, but for those who have come through teen angst to the other side, to adulthood, and adult love and all that it brings. Love how she has matured and taken us with her.
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Published 1 month ago by Amir Abdulmalek
2.0 out of 5 stars B-O-R-I-N-G!!!!!!!!
Every CD she has released has gotten progressively worse and worse until it has come to this - borng drivel that will put you asleep in 2 minutes. AVOID!!!
Published 2 months ago by MJH
5.0 out of 5 stars I love Sade
You can't go wrong with Sade or her music - timeless classics. Smooth, easy listening for mellow occasions and mood rhythm!
Published 3 months ago by Out4Adeal
5.0 out of 5 stars ANOTHER SADE CLASSIC
This is one of my favorite Sade albums. It's not just low-tempo jazz, it's got some faster-tempo pop woven through it, too. Can't recommend it enough! Read more
Published 3 months ago by S. Lear
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet Sounds
Smooth sweet sounds. One of her great CD's can't get enough of that Voice so soft and sweet looking forward to her next CD. .
Published 4 months ago by D. M. Susong
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