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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)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000051XXB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,559 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Love Is Stronger Than Pride
2. Paradise
3. Nothing Can Come Between Us
4. Haunt Me
5. Turn My Back On You
6. Keep Looking
7. Clean Heart
8. Give It Up
9. I Never Thought I'd See The Day
10. Siempre Hay Esperanza

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Once again, Leroy's background vocals fit Sade's like a glove.
rmcrae
As a long time fan of Sade, I belive that the "Stronger Than Pride" CD is the best of her albums.
Paul A. Bousquet
Rather than offer any particular standout singles, it seems more like a concept album.
Andrew Parodi

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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful By John Jones on March 18, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Ask anyone to name Miles Davis' three most influential works and "Kind of Blue" will no doubt be one of them. Unanimously considered one of jazz's most important recordings, the album consisted of songs that were compositionally minimal, giving Miles and his band so much space to play with, it naturally lead to growth and expansion. Sade and her band tried a similar approach on their third outing, 1988's "Stronger than Pride." Leaving behind the lush, thickly-chorded approach to songwriting found on their first two albums, here the group opted for strikingly simple songs; half of them only have three or four chords each. But the room this affords Sade's luminous voice is priceless, and when combined with the subtle production effects sprinkled tastefully throughout the record, you have something of a pop-flavored modern jazz classic.
"Love is Stronger than Pride" relies on tom-toms for its backbone, and keyboard effects from the late 80's should by all accounts sound dated...but here they do not. Acoustic guitar accents are littered about, and the final result, a warm and blissful sensuality, is perfect for lyrics like "I can't hate you, though I have tried/I still really, really love you/love is stronger than pride." The album's smash single, "Paradise," consists of one bass line and two chords (three, if you count the spontaneous-sounding variation the keyboardist throws in near the end), but the song lacks for nothing. Instead of using chord changes to break up the song, we instead have very distinct verses, choruses, and a bridge, thanks to subtle changes in vocal melody.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 11, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I am a huge Sade fan, so needless to say, when I was browsing through this site and saw that a box set of her CDs is being released at the end of the month, I was thrilled. Interesting, though, that this one is not included. Sade's third CD (after Diamond Life and Promise, the latter of which was mistaken for her first CD rather than her second) is indeed a little off the beaten path. It has more of a Latin flavor than the other three, which might have made the album more popular had it been released this year. It doesn't stand out as much as her other albums, and I agree with a previous reviewer who said that some of the songs sound similar to stuff that she has already done. I don't think that those who are new to Sade should pick this one as an introduction to the band's music. This is not to say that it isn't good -- the first cut 'Love is Stronger Than Pride' makes this CD a keeper by itself -- but a listener won't appreciate how the departure from the sound of the previous 2 CDs makes this one worth listening to unless he or she is already familiar with Sade. I love it primarily because I loved the first two, but can see where it comes down after 'Promise', hence the 4 star rating.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Parodi TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 19, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Stronger Than Pride is probably Sade's most stripped down and sparse album. Rather than offer any particular standout singles, it seems more like a concept album. I'm not saying it doesn't offer good individual songs, but that all songs meld together to create a continuous sense of sophistication and understated elegance, two hallmarks of the Sade sound. But the elegance and sophistication is so understated, so refined, so austere, that it is perhaps best for a diehard fan and not a good place for the new fan to start. For a new fan, I would recommend starting with Diamond Life or perhaps Best of Sade.

The other sensation this album evokes, also a hallmark of the Sade sound, is melancholy. Haunt Me, Keep Looking, I Never Thought I'd See the Day, and many of the other songs (save for the tropical and romantic Paradise) have a somewhat lonely, sad undertone. It reminds me of Eddie Murphy's comments in the movie "Boomerang." He tells Halle Berry that he is having the kind of sad day where he just wants to go home, stare at the wall, and listen to Sade. I'm sure he listened to Love is Stronger Than Pride quite a few times that day.

There are, however, two songs that stand out for me.

Love is Stronger Than Pride is almost a hymn. After the betrayal of a lover, Sade is opening her heart again, admitting that though she's not good at forgiving she may give her lover another chance because, after all, love is stronger than pride. And since this song seems to be a hymn to forgiveness, it always makes me think of "A Course In Miracles," the spiritual book that says we find peace through forgiveness. Love is Stronger Than Pride came into my life back in 1997 when I first found "A Course In Miracles." They seemed to be perfect companions.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 13, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album, of course, initially came out over 10 years ago and has been reviewed by many others for its content. My two cents is that EVERY Sade album is excellent. What can I say? I'm a big fan. It probably helps that there are 3-5 years between each album, so that (a) the band has more time to create good songs, one of Sade's strengths and (b) I'm not as aware of the similarity between the albums in terms of "style." Sade hasn't changed much over the past 20 years, but that's fine by me. (What a disappointment when Everything But The Girl decided to become middle-aged club kids!)
I wanted to review this cd now to address the remastering. First I will state that I live in the U.S. and initially had all of Sade's cd's on U.S. pressings. Some of the original U.S. cd's were truly dreadful -- particularly the first album. All of the remastered discs improve on the original U.S. editions.
Being a large fan of Sade, however, and also being a huge music collector in general, I scour a lot of used cd shops. Over the years I found copies of each Sade cd that were made in what's now known as the EU (some were actually from the UK, I think, and some from Germany). Imagine my surprise when I compared the original EU cd with the remastered US version only to discover that the original EU cd is far superior. Not only does it not chop off the last few seconds of the first and title track (presumably faded early by the US remastering engineer because he/she believed the four notes heard in the fade were "noise" not intended to be heard), but the EU cd is just generally more musical sounding. A well made cd from 15 years ago (meaning it was mixed properly and then mastered from a properly made master) can still sound very good.
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