Soldier of Love

Soldier of Love

by Sade
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Soldier of Love

Soldier of Love is only the sixth studio album the band Sade have released during their 25 year career, and the first since Lovers 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 the sake of selling something. Sade is not a brand."

The feel of the music this time has moved away from the old country soul styling of Lovers Rock and assumes a more eclectic identity. At times the band sounds like the original Sade, with Stuart Matthewman back blowing soft sax on "In Another Time" and the vocal on "Long Hard Road" hymning. But with songs such as the joyously quirky reggae chant "Babyfather" and the dramatically arranged album opener "The Moon and the Sky," Sade are exploring new territory. "I never want to repeat myself," Sade herself says. "And that becomes a more interesting challenge for us the longer we carry on together."

Product Details

Release Date: 02/09/2010
Label: Epic
UPC: 0886976393328
catalogNumber: 763933
Rank: 6209

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sade   Primary Artist
Sade Adu   Vocals
Paul S. Denman   Bass
Martin Ditcham   Percussion,Drums
Andrew Hale   Keyboards
Noel Langley   Trumpet
Peter Lewinson   Drums
Stuart Matthewman   Guitar,Saxophone
Leroy Osbourne   Vocals
Gordon Matthewman   Trumpet
Sophie Muller   Ukulele
Everton Nelson   Violin
Tony Momrelle   Vocals
Ian Burdge   Cello
Clay Matthewman   Vocals
Juan Janes   Guitar

Technical Credits

Sade   Producer
Sade Adu   Composer,Programming,Lyricist
Andrew Hale   Programming
Stuart Matthewman   Composer,Programming
Mike Pela   Producer,Engineer
Sophie Muller   Art Direction

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Soldier of Love 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 92 reviews.
Rowopp131 More than 1 year ago
I have been listening to Sade since "Love Deluxe" in 1992! Her music is classic as well as she. Even though it's been 8 years since last album, it didn't stop me from running to the stores when Soldier of Love came out! What can I say, another great one! ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sade is back and stronger than ever. Soldier of Love is simply fierce. If you like the song you must also check out the video. This CD is totally worth the 10 year wait. You will not be disappointed.
jjhills2010 More than 1 year ago
Hello,the album has many great songs ,the album as a whole rocks,with well thought out lyrics.Sade is a pure singer,whom many love as well as myself.She has a boundiful voice that reaches the heart of others and the band can play your ears off.I liked the album Soldier of Love and already have boubght a copy .It's a five star album at number one,we feel she is a number one artist in 2010.She back in a bigger than life way after ten years of real time off.Soldier of Love is soulful as well and reaches into a person life as Sade reaches us with her voice and music in 2010.Love Jordan Jayes Hellerman
kcfree More than 1 year ago
Once again we will be blessed with this amazing talent. Thanks Sweetback for getting us through, but now we are ready for the complete Sade.
westender More than 1 year ago
Rec'd order quickly and was pleased with purchase!
Phreddette More than 1 year ago
Sade is one of the best in the business. We have all of her CD's and anxiously awaited this new one to add to our collection. I don't know really how to quantify this CD ... only to say that it's definitely worth the investment.
binky66 More than 1 year ago
Great CD.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful comeback for Sade
AMP More than 1 year ago
Classy performer that soothes the soul. Todays music with the old school tone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What can I say; it's Sade. I don't think she can sing anything badly.
NewRo More than 1 year ago
What is there to say....It's Sade! Great album, sensual and sexy....Love it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We were a little disappointed in this CD -- especially after the long wait. It's definitely worthwhile if you're a Sade fan, but not quite what we were hoping for.
cilv2855 More than 1 year ago
Sade at her very best!!!!!!!!!!!! LOVE it.
mrdj More than 1 year ago
As always, soulful and good!
ReaderRG More than 1 year ago
Have missed Sade, this album is different for her. Lyrics are beautiful, her voice sounds smoother, huskier. Love it......
Yolee580 More than 1 year ago
Sade created her own smooth groove years ago and is sticking with it. She doesn't have to move from it and it has become a comfort to me and her many fans. Her sound creates a particular vibe that seems to mellow the problems of the world. Her level of excellence has always been high. All Sade needs is a mellow groove, meaningful lyrics, her narrow vocal range and she makes the world a better place. You see...I also 'lost the use of my heart and I am still alive'. A soldier of love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quality recording with original work. A couple of memorable songs however the entire CD is very low key and kind of sleepy. The songs all sound pretty much the same. I expected more diversity. Yawn.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is difficult to imagine anyone making as boring and monotonous of a CD if they tried. Listened to it once and tossed it in the trash where it belongs.
Litlmom More than 1 year ago
I did not buy this product.
Julius_Allen More than 1 year ago
Sades Soldier of Love, is the best album of 2010 thus far, fans like me have been waiting for nearly 10 years for new material, and finally it has arrived, I'm so excited, there are many many great songs on this new album, that are moving, and soulful. The melodies are great, and cohesion of the album is always with the group very lovely. I recommend this album.
jdbVA More than 1 year ago
WOW! Not one bad song on this CD. SADE continues to remain in her "element"--singing about pain and matters of the heart. In spite of it all, in every song, there lies a glimpse of hope. There is not an emotion she doesn't touch as she wrings her heart out. This Artist remains one of my favorites. She truly is a "Soldier!"
StMark More than 1 year ago
Sade delivers a soulful weave of story with musicality...again! She consistantly provides a vehicle for her band "Sweetback" to reach her audience again, and again. Their chemistry works!
AJaric More than 1 year ago
I've always been a Sade fan, so it comes to no surprise that I love her music. This CD is a great listen from beginning to end. Love it and would recommend for everyone's must have collection.
dr_paula More than 1 year ago
cool sexy sensuous easy listening. can play in your house and float around while relaxing, on the computer, cooking, and cleaning. excellent musicians and perfectly produced. i hear the soldier of love music video is great although i haven't seen it yet.
Earshot78 More than 1 year ago
I've been a loyal fan of Sade since they're/her debut, so when I write of the low points about the new album, I do it out of respect. Soldier Of Love is definitely a project of love for the entire band. With each album Sade released, the project was presented with such a theatrical energy I felt I could get involved with the songs. Sade herself exploded with deep seeded emotion as she belted out the ballads. The more uptempo tracks were instant classics. Today it seems that the fire has simmered down to a smolder. That's not saying Soldier Of Love is a bad album, it's just not the emotional thrill ride her previous albums once were. And the party has long dissipated from the R&B tracks. For the new disc, two openers The Moon And The Sky and title track Soldier Of Love are obvious Sade signatures, dramatic and thematic. However I feel these tracks are just a backward glance to the Love Deluxe and Stronger Than Pride era. Each track after that seems to lilt along without a care. They become too carefree and breezy, that they seem like filler or fluff. The impeccable song writing and lyrics are present, the energy is not there to back those lyrics like it should. The new album is a definite step away from the norm for Sade yet the spark has gone out of the flame. I miss the Sade of yesterday. I needed that energy back. I still have love for for this new project; for her and her top notch band.