Soldier of Love is only the sixth studio album the band Sade have released during their 25 year career, and the first since Lover’s Rock in 2000. For Sade herself, as the lynchpin of the group’s songwriting effort, it’s a simple matter of integrity and authenticity. “I only make records when I feel I have something to say. I’m not interested in releasing music just for the sake of selling something. Sade is not a brand.” She also puts family above her music. She has had a daughter and been taking care of her and she’s proud of the fact that it has been so long since her last release.
The album was completed in the summer of 2009, mainly at Real World. The feel of the music this time had moved away from the old country soul styling of Lover’s Rock and assumed a more eclectic identity. At times the band sounded like the original Sade, with Matthewman back blowing soft sax on In Another Time and the vocal on Long Hard Road hymning. But with songs such as the joyously quirky reggae chant Babyfather, and the dramatically arranged album opener The Moon and the Sky, Sade were exploring new territory. “I never want to repeat myself,” Sade herself says. “And that becomes a more interesting challenge for us the longer we carry on together.”
Soldier of Love will be in stores on Feb 9 and here is the tracklisting:
1 The Moon and The Sky
2 Soldier of Love
3 Morning Bird
5 Long Hard Road
6 Be That Easy
7 Bring Me Home
8 In Another Time
10 The Safest Place
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