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  • Summary: After a 10-year hiatus, Sade returns with her sixth studio effort and first since 2000's "Lover's Rock."
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  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
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  1. On songs like the space-folky ''Long Hard Road'' and the reggae-scented ''Babyfather,'' Sade exhales peerlessly while the boys behind her fluff one heck of a sonic pillow. Weary bones, rest here.
  2. "Soldier of Love" is unique in its confrontational tone, but it connects to the other best tracks on this album, which employ minimalism and the rules of cool to carefully reconstruct various musical styles.
  3. The release is Sade's first new material in 10 years, but the act hasn't lost a beat.
  4. Sure, the production on Soldier Of Love sounds a bit tougher and chunkier than the band’s early work, but the classic Sade vibe we love is still front and centre.
  5. But mostly “Soldier of Love” presents Sade as a genre unto herself; after 25 years, she remains alluring and subtly rewarding, while still keeping the listener at a safe distance, as if she had even deeper secrets to guard.
  6. Soldier is sumptuously melancholy, exquisitely beautiful R&B, perfect for crying on a very expensive sofa.

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  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
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  1. Nov 7, 2011
    10
    Still the soul diva we got to know in the 80's. Her voice is strong and her lyrics certainly tugs at one's heart strings like in the past. Excellent piece of art. Expand
  2. Nov 21, 2010
    5
    While their first few albums were certainly good, and their next two were undoubtedly great, this last one simply falls short. It just rehashes what they did with Lovers Rock. I guess they've finally run out of ideas. Expand

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