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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. They’ve plied a unique blend of jazz, world, pop and soul for more than a quarter-century, and now they add heavier beats, craftier production and a wider arsenal of sounds and styles.
  4. Elegantly downbeat, Soldier Of Love sparkles as a whole rather than as a collection of parts. [Mar 2010, p.107]
  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.
  7. Lacking rhythmic hypnotism and relatable most to those who are experiencing solitude created by romantic desertion, this is not your mother's Sade album.

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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.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. MichaelU.
    Feb 9, 2010
    9
    Sade, one of the most consistent bodies of work by any group in the last 50 years. Remarkably still going strong.
  3. 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 justWhile 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