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Soldier of Love

Sade

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Album Review

Released after a decade-long absence — the longest gap in Sade's discography — Soldier of Love topped the charts in several countries, effectively prolonging the group's career while introducing a new, darker sound. There's a fatalist depth of heartache conveyed throughout the set. On “Bring Me Home,” Sade Adu is content in resignation (“Send me to slaughter/Lay me on the railway line”), while on “The Moon and the Sky,” she projects a bruised and angered bewilderment (“You lay me down and left me for the lions”). The bleakness is tempered with themes of survival and recovery, and a song that is truly sweet (“Babyfather"). Relatable most to those who've experienced solitude created by romantic desertion, this is not your mother's Sade album.

Biography

Formed: 1983 in England

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

When singer Sade and her band of the same name were establishing themselves, their record company, Epic, made a point of printing "Pronounced Shar-day" on the record labels of their releases. Soon enough, the music had no problem with the correct pronunciation. With the breakthrough Billboard Hot 100 Top Ten single "Smooth Operator" propelling the debut Sade album, Diamond Life, to the same spot on the Billboard 200 chart in 1985, the band fast came to epitomize soulful, adult-oriented, sophisti-pop....
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