True to the bands growing nature of continued experimentation, Lovers Rock is a pop/reggae/soul album that manages to balance these styles phenomenally. This is most prevalent on the albums title track, a simplistic but beautiful track that displays the albums influences, and is maybe my favorite song from them.
Sade floats over Love Deluxe’s nine tracks with ease. Perfecting their style of pop jazz into a surprisingly moody R&B record, Love Deluxe represented a band at their prime. Creating babymaking anthems with the same mystifying prowess of their previous record, this album remains one of the most sensual possibly ever.
The band’s third direction allows Sade to assume the producer position, and it results in a moodier and seedier record than their previous. There are obvious bright spots and grooves on the record, but Love is Stronger than Pride is at its strongest in its ballad, slowly encroaching themselves onto a listeners heart.
Fusing pop sounds further into their jazzy style, Promise is a largely enjoyable listen. With dramatic builds and exciting moments, Sade continues to mystify it’s listeners with a deeply compelling voice and distinct soul.
Diamond Life introduces Sade’s silky brand of pop marvelously, crafting stories and creating drama over nine tracks like no other. The brand switches between lovesick, heartache, and political dismay like a breeze over a subtle forty minutes.