Lovers Rock

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It's been eight years since Nigerian-born, English-bred beauty Sade Adu last graced us with her alluring, heart-wrenching vocals. And while hearing Sade in the new millennium may never sound as good as the first time she breathily urged you to "Hang on to Your Love," Sade's Lovers Rock -- her first studio release since 1992's enchanting Love Deluxe -- feels like the return of a long-lost friend. Working with longtime collaborators Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale, and Paul Spencer Denman, Sade has stripped down her normally subdued mix of ballads and loungey midtempo tracks. The results push Sade's haunting voice front and center on songs such as the pining "King of Sorrow" and the hymn-like "It's Only Love That Gets...
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It's been eight years since Nigerian-born, English-bred beauty Sade Adu last graced us with her alluring, heart-wrenching vocals. And while hearing Sade in the new millennium may never sound as good as the first time she breathily urged you to "Hang on to Your Love," Sade's Lovers Rock -- her first studio release since 1992's enchanting Love Deluxe -- feels like the return of a long-lost friend. Working with longtime collaborators Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale, and Paul Spencer Denman, Sade has stripped down her normally subdued mix of ballads and loungey midtempo tracks. The results push Sade's haunting voice front and center on songs such as the pining "King of Sorrow" and the hymn-like "It's Only Love That Gets You Through." There are other, more ornate flavors, too, from the sparse, organ-accented first single "By Your Side" -- which at times sounds eerily like Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale" -- to the punchy synth beats and muddy bass of the soon-to-be classic "Somebody Already Broke My Heart" and the hip-hop and African-inspired rhythms of "Flow." Lyrically, Sade is at her best. On the reggae-tinged "Slave Song," she bravely addresses a painful legacy: "I see them gathered on the shore/I turned to look once more/And he who knows me not/Takes me to the belly of darkness." Not as letter-perfect as her classics Promise and Stronger than Pride, Lovers Rock is a solid effort by one of this century's most precious artists. Tracy E. Hopkins
Spin Magazine - James Hannah
These undercomplicated arrangements have a measured thinness to them, practically hanging in the air like mist. It might take a hundred spins for them to steal your attention from your lover's neck, but that hundredth listen proves their value.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998518520
  • Catalog Number: 85185
  • Sales rank: 11,102

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sade Primary Artist, Vocals
Sade Adu Vocals
Paul S. Denman Bass
Andrew Hale Keyboards
Stuart Matthewman Guitar, Woodwind
Leroy Osbourne Vocals
Andy Nice Cello
Janusz Podrazik Keyboards
Karl Vanden Percussion
Technical Credits
Sade Songwriter, Arranger, Producer
Sade Adu Composer
Paul S. Denman Songwriter, Composer
Andrew Hale Songwriter, Composer, Programming
Nick Ingman String Arrangements
Stuart Matthewman Songwriter, Composer, Programming
Mike Pela Producer, Engineer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Albert Watson Cover Photo
Sophie Muller Cover Photo
Melissa Caplan Inlay Photography
Andrew Davies Engineer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Uninspiring

    After waiting sooo long for her to follow her last recording,
    this was way too much of the same. Where is the originality
    of a "smooth operator". She has a brand new one out now. I
    hope this has some new tunes and not rehashed older ones.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    more from this reviewer

    I Also Recommend:

    A love album for people who aren't into love songs

    For guys like me, who would be more likely to be listening to the latest releases from Mastodon than from Maria Carey, I recommend this albvum wholeheartedly. An almost universally loved album (actually, I don't know anyone who wouldn't like this), Sade' s sophisticated jazz stylings gets upgraded with an upbeat r&b/hip-hop groove so masterfully it's admirable. From classic ballads like By Your Side and the title track, to the heartwrenchings songs of slavery and racism, Sade just hits the right notes every time. This album's almost a decade old, actually, but she just does such a perfcet job updating her sound, it seems, that there's been no need for new material since (her only new releases since then being her live album and a single to benefit victims of Darfur.) Considering how little music's actually changed this decade, this still sounds quite great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Long Live Rock

    This is one of my favorite albums of all. Moreover, because of the depth of feeling contained within this music and lyrics, it is sometimes difficult for me to listen to. I sat for a time trying to find tears which never came with regard to some of the subject matter held in the lyrics.

    This record represents a very special period in my life for me, which renders Lover's Rock nearly painful in the welling up of certain realizations which Sade Adu never fails to illustrate so well.

    Beastdragon

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    a pop masterpiecee

    Sade creates impeccable pop music ("if ya want another example, think Abbey Road"). This album is note perfect in it's "less is more" vibe...I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys great songs, well crafted arrangements and a sultry pop vibe. You won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Best slow CD ever

    Sade returns from her hiatus with even more talent. This CD is ultra-mellow and romantic. It's great for some easy dancing with a loved one. Lover's Rock has led to multiple wonderful nights for me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    what are you guys CRAZY

    this is one of the greatest soul albulms of our time. and all you have to say is 4 stars...na na na...not me 5 stars

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    An excellent effort from Sade!

    This is Sade's first original recording in 8 years and it's fantastic! Here Sade exudes a very stripped down but soulful sound. The album consists mainly of ballads that are accompanied by a drum machine, several guitars and the occasional keyboard. Some of the highlights on this album are ''By Your Side'', ''Lovers Rock'', ''All About Our Love'', and ''Somebody Already Broke My Heart''. The lyrics are very insightful and reflective, which helps give listeners a feeling of understanding, as most of the songs are about the triumphs and travails of love. Overall, this is a very strong release from a mature artist. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best album when you are making love.

    This album was heard by my boyfriend and I when we were making love and it was so comforting that it made me think about it and want to buy one for myself. I love the way Sade makes her voice hypnotize you into the songs. You can listen to her any time and all day long.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sade is truly smooth

    Her smooth music and her smooth voice will never change. Her music is fullfilling, touching and sophisicated. She sing with integrity and feeling. Even after an 8 year hiatus, Lovers Rock is amazing. Sade is still the greatest. The is no one the can or will replace her. There will never be another Sade.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wooowie

    The best relaxing music, great text, when your drivin' or relaxing, just Supa-Dupa! A girl from Holland, with bad english

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    She's a definiton of a diva

    Personally this is the best ever album from sade even thought her previous albums were brilliant as well. She epitomise a true meaning and definition of a diva. I truely believe this must be part of every R&B lover's collection. Your collection isn't complete without this album.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sade is so smooth

    From the pains of heartache to the bliss of real love no one can express this better than Sade. One of her best yet, well worth the wait.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sade's big letdown.

    Pretty good tunes and good singing by Sade, but the band sounded very bland. No horn or guitar solos. In places where an instrument could've been kicking, they just killed time with aimless keyboard noodling. Not much to listen to here. Maybe Sade's heart isn't in the music anymore.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Back on top

    I just love that girl, her music is exceptionally unique.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Smooth and enchanting!

    Love Sade's smooth and enchanting voice. She instanting hiptozises you with her mellowness. Great album to dim the lights and forget about everything! This is definately one of their best, and a must have for the fan of contemporary music!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    I think y'all got it all wrong

    I was completely disappointed with this heap/pseudo-reggae/mindless politicizing failure! It took her 8 yrs. just to come up and out with this ?!? Maybe she needs another 10 years to get inspired! O.K., I must admit. Maybe one or two songs were alright, but it's not something I will play...often. Matthewman, Denman, and Hale were artistically bound on this one! I think they need to re-convene and continue with ''Sweetback''!! Now that was something!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A little disappointed

    I purchased everything Sade ever recorded and love her music. However, after approximately 8 years of silence, I expected a little more. I found ''Lovers Rock'' a little weak, lacking the typical energy and rhythm which made her famous overnight. Except for the first cut, ''By your side'', everything else repeats itself in monotony. The sexual ambiance of her previous recordings has vanished. She sounds fatigued, almost uninterested.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Lovers Rock goes down smooth.

    Sade's new release ''Lovers Rock'' goes down like a smooth drink, totally mellow, fine and aged. She has matured and so have her lyrics. The sound is still distinctly Sade with Sweetback, (Hale, Matthewman and Denman) but her lyrics seem to be deeper, more thoughtful, possible even thought provoking. Her lyrics, poetic and always speaking of love, pain or the depths of the human spirit continue on in ''Lovers Rock''. King of Sorrow is a fine example. Not just a song about sadness, but a song about searching the depths of ones soul. I have always loved the lady and her back up band and this one is worth the 7 year wait. Her tunes, though catchy have never been overly complicated. However, the stylization of her sexy vocals are quite complex and yet, the subtlety of that complexity is what makes her the queen of jazz vocalists. Hale, Matthewman and Denman are masters at adding more subtlety to her mellow tunes interjecting texture and depth to her music. Sade Adu has has turned into an excellent producer as well as singer / song writer. Be careful! This CD didn't blow be away when I first heard it, but it has grown on me each and every time it spins. In my experience, those are the CD's that in the end are my time honored favorites.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    CLASSIC SADE

    TRUE SADE FANS WILL APPRECIATE THIS LATEST EFFORT. SADE HAS NOT DISAPPOINTED THE TRUE DIE HARD FANS. THE ONE THING YOU CAN COUNT ON FROM SADE IS WHEN SHE TAKES A LONG HOLIDAY FROM THE GRIND, SHE COMES BACK BETTER THAN EVER. ''LOVERS ROCK'' IS MORE OF AN INSTRUMENTAL EFFORT SHOWCASING THE ENTIRE GROUPS MUSICAL TALENTS AND HIGHLIGHTING THE VOCALS OF SADE ABU HERSELF.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Feelings the Groove

    ever listen to something that melts your soul, whose womanly voice tingles your toes and numbs your thoughts and all you can feel is the melancholy emotion following through your veins. does your heart skip a beat and then follow the music's? YES? then you know SADE. NO? then get SADE. she will rivet your heart, puncture your soul, dry your emotions and you'll walk away a better person with the experience. sade warms and chills you with her new cd. even if you have never listened to her before - you will miss her after you heard this one.

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