Thursday 11/24/22 11pm ET: Feature LP: Sade – Soldier of Love (2010)

Soldier of Love is the sixth studio album by English band Sade, released on February 5, 2010 by Epic Records. Following the release of Lovers Rock (2000), the band went into a 10-year hiatus. In 2008, the band regrouped in order to begin work on their sixth album, making it the first time each member had been together. The recording of the album primarily took place at the Real World Studios in Box, England, with additional sessions at El Cortijo in San Pedro de Alcántara, Spain. The album’s recording began in 2009 and was completed in the summer of that year.

The album produced three singles. The first single “Soldier of Love” premiered on US radio on December 8, 2009, and was released digitally on January 11, 2010. Subsequent singles “Babyfather” and “The Moon and the Sky” were serviced to US urban AC radio on April 13 and August 24, 2010, respectively.

The album debuted at number four on the UK Albums Chart. It also debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 502,000 copies in the United States, marking Sade’s first number-one debut on the chart in 25 years since 1985’s Promise while also spending three weeks at the top of the chart. Upon its release, Soldier of Love received generally positive reviews from most music critics and won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. The band promoted the album with their first concert tour in 10 years, Sade Live.

  1. “The Moon and the Sky” 4:28
  2. “Soldier of Love” 5:59
  3. “Morning Bird” 3:55
  4. “Babyfather” 4:40
  5. “Long Hard Road” 3:03
  6. “Be That Easy” 3:41
  7. “Bring Me Home” 4:09
  8. “In Another Time” 5:06
  9. “Skin” 4:13
  10. “The Safest Place” 2:46

Sade Adu – vocals, programming
Stuart Matthewman – guitar, saxophone, programming
Andrew Hale – keyboards, programming
Paul S. Denman – bass
Tony Momrelle – vocals
Leroy Osbourne – vocals
Martin Ditcham – percussion, drums
Pete Lewinson – drums
Everton Nelson – violin
Ian Burdge – cello
Gordon Matthewman – trumpet
Noel Langley – trumpet
Ila Adu – vocals (track 4)
Clay Matthewman – vocals (track 4)
Juan Janes – guitar (track 5)
Sophie Muller – ukulele

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