Title - 'The Essential Sade'
Artist - Sade
Just to give you insight into just how beautiful a thing this new Essential Sade 2CD really is, Soldier of Love was only the sixth studio album Sade ever released - during her 25 year career! Indeed, it was just 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 it."
That means that everything you hear on this new Essential CD is only what Sade herself wanted to record at any given juncture of her life / career. And for my humble money, Sade sounded best when she stuck to the lower register. That said, there is nothing thin about her dynamic handling of her torch song 'Is It a Crime.' 'The Sweetest Taboo' was one of her last great moments before the pale years - which are chronicled here by such under-the-radar songs as 'Stronger Than Pride' and 'Nothing Can Come Between Us.'
Let's face it though, with that voice of hers and those exotic looks Sade couldn't help but be a star. Taking the more sensuous elements of island beats, smooth jazz, and R&B, Sade scored major hits with the continental feel of 'Smooth Operator' and the sultry stylization of 'Your Love Is King.'
If you love Sade's music (her luscious, incredible voice), this is the album you have been waiting for. I have many CDs of hers, but I never owned a such complete collection of favorites like this new 2CD. Once you let Sade's music into your heart and soul, you will look at your surroundings (and most likely partner!) in a whole different way. This is a great album and I highly recommend it.
And so this career-spanning and comprehensive Essential 2CD includes all her biggest hits and best-loved songs. Such as 'Smooth Operator,' 'Your Love is King,' 'Hang On To Your Love,' 'The Sweetest Taboo,' and more.
It's truly a must for any fan of the beautiful dulcet tones of Sade's music and, as this very same compilation has never been out before, let me make you aware that this splendid 2014 2CD also comes with a set of full liner notes and photos for the complete experience.