Lovers Rock

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  1. Never before has the singer infused more mainstream rock elements (prominent strummed guitars) into her music.
  2. Lovers' Rock ranks among the finest albums of the year, as Sade, nimbly utilizing that distinctively smoky, vulnerable instrument that is her voice, weaves gentle yet insinuating odes to love and loss.
  3. The sterling set is signature Sade.
  4. While Lovers Rock is not any sort of departure from the quiet ballads that marked the group's first three albums, there is an element of freshness that aligns Sade with the current electronic music insurgence while still maintaining a distinctly analog outlook on love's foibles.
  5. Entertainment Weekly
    One pretty song melts into the next; the result is an undifferentiated dreaminess. [11/17/2000, p.126]
  6. Lovers Rock is her first in eight years, and guess what -- it sounds exactly like Sade, heavily influenced by Diamond Life with a bit of Love Deluxe thrown in. Needless to say, it's also pretty damn good, because this smooth operator shrewdly sticks to the tricks she'd already mastered before turning pro.
  7. If there's nothing on Lovers Rock as naggingly memorable as past triumphs Diamond Life or Your Love Is King, then the refined ache and minimalist chic of By Your Side and Somebody Already Broke My Heart are persuasive enough.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 33
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  1. PrestonA.
    Nov 25, 2001
    sade's soulful voice will rock you
  2. RoderickR.
    Oct 11, 2001
    It's wonderful to have her back.
  3. Nov 21, 2010
    Sade represents modern soul music at its best. With Lovers Rock, they recapture most - if not all - of their inventive genius made legendarySade represents modern soul music at its best. With Lovers Rock, they recapture most - if not all - of their inventive genius made legendary from their previous album, Love Deluxe. One of the decades best albums. Expand
  4. LawrenceJ.
    Sep 15, 2002
    Sade is awesome--no other artist comes close to comparison. I love her!!
  5. LouH
    Aug 31, 2004
    Just Listen, once or twice, and you will be addicted for life
  6. PaulyS
    Aug 24, 2005
    I have rediscovered this album and it means more to me now than before. I feeeeeeel it now!!!!
  7. TonyM.
    Sep 12, 2001
    Sultry, soulful

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