Album Review: Sade: “Soldier Of Love”

In my heart, your love has found, the safest hiding place…

Helen Folosade Adu isn’t a woman of many words. We know very little about her life, but her voice and her beauty are instantly recognizable. Long black hair usually pulled back in a ponytail, red lipstick, and a distinct voice that’s buttery smooth. For three decades she has graced us with music. Although she doesn’t release albums often, she has the ability to leave an indelible mark every time. When news of her album started to buzz last year, it became the most anticipated moment in music. Everyone from the toughest hip hop dudes to my mom were eager to hear the band’s new music.

And now it’s finally here. Sade’s latest album will be released on Feb. 8. Soldier Of Love is a collection of ten tracks that you can add to your lullaby playlist. It’s the band’s first studio album in nine years.

The monstrous hit “Soldier Of Love,” is as powerful as it is seductive, and its success on radio is indication that we are hungry for more. On “Skin,” she creatively nods to Michael Jackson, complete with his signature “ooh!” with this smooth reference: “Sure as it’s gonna play and play, like Michael back in the day.”

“The Moon And The Sky” is a sultry reflection on a love that didn’t last. “Morning Bird” has a subtle Latin beat in the undercurrent that is hypnotic: “You are the blood of me, the harvest of my dreams.” Makes me want to read the Twilight series all over again.

“Be That Easy” is a soothing ode to a love that’s perfectly simple, accepting, and free. The album closes with the standout “Safest Place On Earth,” pure yet sensuous, in both honesty and vulnerability. I like to think that’s where most of the greatest love stories begin.

Soldier Of Love is a collection of beautiful songs that are seductive and satisfying,with each track more heavenly than the last. It’s virtually impossible to skip a song. It would be like passing up your favorite flavor of Haagen-Dazs.

Sometimes you can choose to be superfluous in word and action. But I find that the most effective people are the quiet ones. Sometimes it’s all in what you don’t say. It’s all in making what you say count. Because whenever you do speak, you’ll captivate.

I am in love with love. I am in love with the idea of love. I love its warmth, its giddiness, its embrace, its kiss. I am in love with its textures. Through her music we reflect on it, dream of it, and experience it in all its passion. It’s kind of perfect that Sade graced us with new music in February.


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