11 Songs, 44 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

After an eight-year hiatus Sade returned with Lovers Rock. The title refers to the sweet, melodic strain of reggae that singer Sade Adu listened to in her youth. Her love for the songs of Beres Hammond and Gregory Isaacs is felt in subtle shades on “All About Out Love,” “Every Word,” and “Lovers Rock,” although the imprint of Jamaican music is even stronger on “Slave Song.” Over a militantly heavy dub bass line Sade blends themes of love, suffering, faith and perseverance. “The tears run swift and hard and cold as pain,” she sings. “Even, even the comfort of a stone would be a gain.” The album’s underlying theme of heartbreak culminates on “King of Sorrow,” which offers the indelible image of a woman awash in grief as she listens to the sounds of DJ in a club. While Sade has a reputation for romantic seduction, Lovers Rock proves the band is as in touch with a unique form of blues. Or perhaps the two are connected. Sade explains it best on the closing song, “It’s Only Love That Gets You Through”: “You forgive those who have trespassed against you / And you know tenderness comes from pain.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

After an eight-year hiatus Sade returned with Lovers Rock. The title refers to the sweet, melodic strain of reggae that singer Sade Adu listened to in her youth. Her love for the songs of Beres Hammond and Gregory Isaacs is felt in subtle shades on “All About Out Love,” “Every Word,” and “Lovers Rock,” although the imprint of Jamaican music is even stronger on “Slave Song.” Over a militantly heavy dub bass line Sade blends themes of love, suffering, faith and perseverance. “The tears run swift and hard and cold as pain,” she sings. “Even, even the comfort of a stone would be a gain.” The album’s underlying theme of heartbreak culminates on “King of Sorrow,” which offers the indelible image of a woman awash in grief as she listens to the sounds of DJ in a club. While Sade has a reputation for romantic seduction, Lovers Rock proves the band is as in touch with a unique form of blues. Or perhaps the two are connected. Sade explains it best on the closing song, “It’s Only Love That Gets You Through”: “You forgive those who have trespassed against you / And you know tenderness comes from pain.”

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Ratings and Reviews

4.8 out of 5
295 Ratings

295 Ratings

Famous JP ,

Soup That Warms Your Soul

Unbelievable! Sade takes you back to a place of happiness. If it doesn't make you emotional you don't know music!

mr raynboww ,

One of the sexiest albums EVER!

Sade is one of those artists that can't be copied. Her smoky vocals are mysterious and beautiful. Every album she has released has been good, but not as good as this. This was Sade at her very best. Lovers Rock is an album that will stand the test of time. Each song is incredibly stunning and perfectly produced and performed. This is the kind of album to put on when you're driving home at night in the rain from work. The fusion of the guitar and Sade's vocals create a soothing atmosphere that just relaxes you. Many artists have tried and failed miserably to create the mood that Lovers Rock does, but Sade is just fabulous. Overall, each song is flawless. This is one of the best albums released in the 21st century and also takes the title of the sexiest album EVER!

Show all 32's ,

SADE IS SIMPLE THE BEST !!!!

I meant to give her (5) stars, but she really deserves 10, she is just the best of all time, her music is very relaxing and is good for the soul, and the song (By Your Side), Oh my goodness, it is just the best song I've every heard. You will find some peace in her music.

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