On her third album, the former Nickelodeon star sheds the cute popstar image, adopting a message of empowerment that rings true
Sade : King Of Sorrow
Sade gets a bit smokey and jazzy and souful. For a change...
Subject-wise, Sade, like Carleen Andersen, is emotively astute and sings of the feelings of others as instinctively as she's inclined to articulate her own. Unfortunately, this track simply rotates on its own axis, plundering on and on and on about something you eventually care little about because you've lost consciousness.
Gangstarr's Guru tries his best to boost the track into club-land (not one of Sade's best known places) but all he's done is taken one of DJ Premier's most recognisable hooks and cut and pasted it. His lazy idea doesn't pull it off. Sorrow all round, then...
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A satisfying return to Verve form that’s also a churning maelstrom of death, riots, revolution, terrorism and two-faced politicians
Oscar Scheller’s been compared to Blur and Elastica, and that sounds about right
Medium-sized guests and the vibey sounds of tropical house combine on an album that's not quite euphoric