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Soldier Of Love


Soldier Of Love

First album for 10 years from the singer best know for her easy listening soul, jazz

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  1. 9.0 |   Rave Magazine

    Since Sade so rarely enter the studio together, Soldier Of Love is a rare thing indeed, and one to be treasured
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  2. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    The qualities that millions of devoted fans enjoy about Sade are placed in new contexts on Soldier of Love... In this first year of a new decade, Sade bravely soldiers on, ever-committed to her artistic vision
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  3. 8.0 |   Mojo

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  4. 8.0 |   Q

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  5. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    The Moon And The Sky and the title track offer hushed drama, while Babyfather is almost upbeat
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  6. 7.0 |   Pitchfork

    Sade hasn't changed, and Solider of Love will likely be the year's most relaxing album
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  7. 7.0 |   The Observer

    Succinct, masterful and adventurous, "Soldier…" sounds unequivocally like vintage hoop-earring Sade while knocking preconceptions over like ninepins
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  8. 7.0 |   Sydney Morning Herald

    Yes, Soldier of Love is smooth enough to be the soundtrack to a dinner party but if your guests catch a sharp angle or two from some of these songs, conversation over dessert could be a little tart
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  9. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Sumptuously melancholy, exquisitely beautiful R&B, perfect for crying on a very expensive sofa
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  10. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    ...for the most part, this is an album far too complex to overlook, and an object lesson – as if Sade fans needed one - in the guiltlessness of pleasure
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  11. 6.0 |   The Guardian

    Has the usual hallmarks – lushness and understatement, balanced by lyrics of surprising transparency, and few signs of engagement with the rest of the pop world
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  12. 6.0 |   The Times

    Forget genre-lines for a second and you could almost be listening to a female David Sylvian
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  13. 6.0 |   Uncut

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  14. 6.0 |   The Times

    On an album bordering upon ambient in its statuesque stillness, Soldier of Love suffers for the lack of a Sweetest Taboo or Paradise — hits that attest to Sade’s ability to navigate a funkier tempo with joyous aplomb
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  15. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    Exudes the kind of effortless, whipped-cream pop-and jazz-inflected rhythms that, if they're still around at all, have been wilfully spiked by über- contemporary digital trickery
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  16. 4.0 |   The Independent

    ...poise has always been Sade's byword, but this time the understated restraint has started to sound too mechanical, the musical equivalent of a sex toy
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  17. 4.0 |   The Sunday Times

    Despite a promising start... the album soon lapses into all-too-familiar territory
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  18. 4.0 |   Scotland on Sunday

    ...everything here has the emotion polished from it
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