Sade Adu

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Diamond Life (1984), 6.5/10
Promise (1985), 6/10
Stronger Than Pride (1988), 5/10
Love Deluxe (1992), 6.5/10
Soldier of Love (2010), 5/10

(Translated from my old Italian text by Nicholas Green)

Among British singer-songwriters of the 1980s Nigerian-born Sade Adu stands out, a dulcet and cool cocktail lounge entertainer who attained international success with Diamond Life (1984, Epic) (Your Love Is King, Smooth Operator, Sally). She released Promise (1985, Epic) the following year, which affirmed a vocal talent derived from soul and decadent rock (Is It A Crime, Sweetest Taboo). With Love Deluxe (Epic, 1992) she returned to prominence and established herself as a forerunner of trip hop.

By Your Side was her first single in eight years. Lovers Rock (Epic, 2000) offers the same breeze of seductive, dreamy, elegant, understated pop-jazz (Flow and King Of Sorrow).

After a ten-year hiatus, Sade returned with Soldier of Love (Epic, 2010), that shot to the top of the charts in its first week of release.

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