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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Sade - Promise

It's going to be a Suggestion Box day today. I feel like I haven't been getting to some of those as much as I should be - so I need to get back on it. This one is from follower janis! in response to the Grammy awards. I made a remark about how I didn't really know much by Sade - and that I didn't know she was still making music. janis! set me straight and asked that I review this one. Here it goes. Sade is both a person and a band - as it turns out. The whole band is named Sade, but it's named after lead singer Sade Adu. Go ahead and guess in your mind when Sade started making music. Go ahead - I'll give you a couple minutes. So yeah, how about that whether? Gettin' warm out there....ready? Okay! WRONG! 1983! Holy cats! This album came out way back in 1985. Her first album was out in '83 and saw some pretty positive feedback. This has a very soul/jazz/r&b feel to it. I can't say for sure, but it seems this would have been a LOT different than anything else out there in the early/mid 80's. That's not always a good thing, as people can be skeptical of hearing new sounds. In retrospect, it was probably a great thing. Hair metal was ruining music for years to come. The album is called 'Promise' because it comes from a letter from Sade's father that promised her he was going to find a way to beat cancer. Heavy stuff there. It's hard to find anything bad to say about this. I mean, it's not something I'm going to jam on for the next month, but it's a nice change of pace for me. And I think I was in the mood for that today. Give this a whirl. janis! was right---very fun to listen to.

1. Is It a Crime
2. Sweetest Taboo, The
3. War of the Hearts
4. You're Not the Man
5. Jezebel
6. Mr. Wrong
7. Punch Drunk
8. Never as Good as the First Time
9. Fear
10. Tar Baby
11. Maureen

Listen To Samples

Top 3 Tracks:
1. The Sweetest Taboo
2. Never As Good As The First Time
3. Is It A Crime

3.5 out of 5 stars


  1. *golf clap*

    nicely done. 'sweetest taboo' - great song.

  2. I was hoping 'Smooth Operator' was on this album, alas it was not. Maybe I'll do that one someday.

  3. oh another good sade song.

  4. Smoooooooooooooth Operaaaaatoooooooooahhhh