Sade
Promise


4.5
superb

Review

by dannyboy89 USER (31 Reviews)
March 18th, 2013 | 12 replies | 1,662 views


Release Date: 1985 | Tracklist

Review Summary: If Diamond Life proved to be a fine debut, it’s truly with Promise that Sade delivers her first larger-than-life album.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Sade: The Band and the Woman

Part II: Promise

While her debut showed that Sade and her band were a talented act, it was with her sophomore effort that Sade delivered on her promise (convenient pun). Where her first effort included what is probably her best-known single, there was more to Sade than “Smooth Operator” (a phenomenon akin to Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water”), and Promise is definitive proof of that. Here, Sade’s songwriting has begun to reach its fruition, and we are treated to some of her best work.

One of the major contrasts between Diamond Life and Promise is that the latter feels more varied and experimental. Diamond Life’s jazzy textures become slightly monotonous in its the second half. In this regard, Promise is a more comfortable listen since it feels more varied.

"The Sweetest Taboo" features some fine keyboard work and percussion. Trumpets and bass are also thrown in. The song manages to be both upbeat and relaxing at the same time. "Is it a Crime" has one of Sade’s most impressive vocal performances. When she sings “He takes, but surely she can't give what I'm feeling now. She takes, but surely she doesn't know how” and “It dives, it jumps and it ripples like the deepest ocean. I can't give you more than that, surely you want me back“, she delivers powerfully, demonstrating her ace vocal chops. The instruments serve her voice exquisitely, and we are treated to a fine piano solo after the second chorus, followed by a trumpet or sax solo.

"Jezebel" is a soft ballad discussing the story of a girl. Trumpets and sax shine here, and the mood couldn’t possibly feel more relaxing. Sade sings with a more easygoing style than on “Is it a Crime”, but that doesn’t make her chops less mesmerizing. "Tar Baby" opens up in a chilling mood, keyboards, sax and trumpets dominating the scene. The lyrics are hard to understand, but Sade is able to express it so skillfully that many listeners won’t have a problem with this.

So, if Diamond Life proved to be a fine debut, it’s truly with Promise that Sade delivers her first larger-than-life album. True, her style might feel retro at times, rather than going along with the less sophisticated style of many pop-stars of the time. But Sade and her band certainly weren’t once to go along with trends; instead, they only did what they felt like doing. And they do it greatly here.



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Asdfp277
March 17th 2013



1031 Comments


as you can see, italics don't work on the summary.

"Where her first effort released what is probably her best-known single,"
-the album released a single?

"listensince "

the review it's like a track-by-track, but only discusses four tracks. ???

dannyboy89
March 17th 2013



11944 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

I might have added more. Hope I don't get more negs, since this is my 30th review.

Asdfp277
March 17th 2013



1031 Comments


sometimes you italize album names, but sometimes you don't. ???
same with the “” for song names. and please don't use bold, it's hideous.

dannyboy89
March 17th 2013



11944 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

^You're the first to give me that advice.

dannyboy89
March 17th 2013



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Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Well, I removed the bolding and the italics for song and album names. I'll do my best to make the next review better.

fromtheinside
March 17th 2013



17911 Comments


i get some hard sade vibes from the new JT album

agreed

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manosg
March 18th 2013



5876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album is a high 4, maybe 4.5 for me. Sade's voice is godly. The review is also quite good, I don't see any reason for negging. Have a pos.

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dannyboy89
March 18th 2013



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Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

^Didn't see the pos dude. Thanks man, I try my best to give this music goddess a worthy place in Sputnik.

manosg
March 18th 2013



5876 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sorry friend, I always forget. Will you review Stronger Than Pride too?

dannyboy89
March 18th 2013



11944 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

Yes, I'm doing her discog.

oltnabrick
March 18th 2013



30523 Comments


jt worship


3/5

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AnimalsAsSummit
May 5th 2014



670 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

holy hell this is absolute crystalline silk made sound



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