Soldier of Love Once a "Smooth Operator," now a Soldier of Love : After 25 years, has Sade finally allowed global events to sour the avant-soul outfit that… Soldier of Love Once a "Smooth Operator," now a Soldier of Love : After 25 years, has Sade finally allowed global events to sour the avant-soul outfit that… 2010-02-09 Sade R&B
Music Review

Soldier of Love (2010)

Sade | BRING US HOME Sade
BRING US HOME Sade
EW's GRADE
A

Details Release Date: Feb 09, 2010; Lead Performance: Sade; Genre: R&B

Once a ''Smooth Operator,'' now a Soldier of Love: After 25 years, has Sade finally allowed global events to sour the avant-soul outfit that bears her name? Nah. Beyond the surprisingly hard-thumping title track, the group's first album since 2000's Lovers Rock sticks faithfully to the lush quiet-storm sound that's influenced younger artists from Maxwell to Everything but the Girl. Given the singer's still-incredible voice — imagine the world's sexiest yoga instructor leading an epic om — that lack of evolution hardly presents a problem. 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. A

Download These:
A brooding future-soul anthem Soldier of Love at myspace.com
A lilting, laid-back ode to dads Babyfather at last.fm

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Originally posted Feb 03, 2010 Published in issue #1089-1090 Feb 12, 2010 Order article reprints