Lovers Rock

Lovers Rock

by Sade


It's been eight years since Nigerian-born, English-bred beauty Sade Adu last graced us with her alluring, heart-wrenching vocals. And while hearing Sade in the new millennium may never sound as good as the first time she breathily urged you to "Hang on to Your Love," Sade's Lovers Rock -- her first studio release since 1992's enchanting Love Deluxe -- feels like the return of a long-lost friend. Working with longtime collaborators Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale, and Paul Spencer Denman, Sade has stripped down her normally subdued mix of ballads and loungey midtempo tracks. The results push Sade's haunting voice front and center on songs such as the pining "King of Sorrow" and the hymn-like "It's Only Love That Gets You Through." There are other, more ornate flavors, too, from the sparse, organ-accented first single "By Your Side" -- which at times sounds eerily like Procol Harum's "Whiter Shade of Pale" -- to the punchy synth beats and muddy bass of the soon-to-be classic "Somebody Already Broke My Heart" and the hip-hop and African-inspired rhythms of "Flow." Lyrically, Sade is at her best. On the reggae-tinged "Slave Song," she bravely addresses a painful legacy: "I see them gathered on the shore/I turned to look once more/And he who knows me not/Takes me to the belly of darkness." Not as letter-perfect as her classics Promise and Stronger than Pride, Lovers Rock is a solid effort by one of this century's most precious artists. Tracy E. Hopkins

Product Details

Release Date: 11/14/2000
Label: Sony
UPC: 0696998518520
catalogNumber: 85185

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Sade   Primary Artist,Vocals
Sade Adu   Vocals
Paul S. Denman   Bass
Andrew Hale   Keyboards
Stuart Matthewman   Guitar,Woodwind
Leroy Osbourne   Vocals
Andy Nice   Cello
Janusz Podrazik   Keyboards
Karl Vanden   Percussion

Technical Credits

Sade   Songwriter,Arranger,Producer
Sade Adu   Composer
Paul S. Denman   Songwriter,Composer
Andrew Hale   Songwriter,Composer,Programming
Nick Ingman   String Arrangements
Stuart Matthewman   Songwriter,Composer,Programming
Mike Pela   Producer,Engineer
Albert Watson   Cover Photo
Sophie Muller   Cover Photo
Melissa Caplan   Inlay Photography
Andrew Davies   Engineer

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Lovers Rock 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sade creates impeccable pop music ("if ya want another example, think Abbey Road"). This album is note perfect in it's "less is more" vibe...I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys great songs, well crafted arrangements and a sultry pop vibe. You won't regret it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Pretty good tunes and good singing by Sade, but the band sounded very bland. No horn or guitar solos. In places where an instrument could've been kicking, they just killed time with aimless keyboard noodling. Not much to listen to here. Maybe Sade's heart isn't in the music anymore.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Look out everyone our lady is back. Get ready for ''lovers rock'' the new album by sade due out nov 14. 2000. get ready to settle in.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This album was heard by my boyfriend and I when we were making love and it was so comforting that it made me think about it and want to buy one for myself. I love the way Sade makes her voice hypnotize you into the songs. You can listen to her any time and all day long.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of the greatest soul albulms of our time. and all you have to say is 4 na na...not me 5 stars
Guest More than 1 year ago
Personally this is the best ever album from sade even thought her previous albums were brilliant as well. She epitomise a true meaning and definition of a diva. I truely believe this must be part of every R&B lover's collection. Your collection isn't complete without this album.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sade's new release ''Lovers Rock'' goes down like a smooth drink, totally mellow, fine and aged. She has matured and so have her lyrics. The sound is still distinctly Sade with Sweetback, (Hale, Matthewman and Denman) but her lyrics seem to be deeper, more thoughtful, possible even thought provoking. Her lyrics, poetic and always speaking of love, pain or the depths of the human spirit continue on in ''Lovers Rock''. King of Sorrow is a fine example. Not just a song about sadness, but a song about searching the depths of ones soul. I have always loved the lady and her back up band and this one is worth the 7 year wait. Her tunes, though catchy have never been overly complicated. However, the stylization of her sexy vocals are quite complex and yet, the subtlety of that complexity is what makes her the queen of jazz vocalists. Hale, Matthewman and Denman are masters at adding more subtlety to her mellow tunes interjecting texture and depth to her music. Sade Adu has has turned into an excellent producer as well as singer / song writer. Be careful! This CD didn't blow be away when I first heard it, but it has grown on me each and every time it spins. In my experience, those are the CD's that in the end are my time honored favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sade's long awaited release was worth waiting for. The unique soulfoul voice of an eternal songbird heals the listener once again. Although, Sade takes a musical break from previous releases, she inspires her listener's to relax and reflect on her strong lyrical content. Every song embraces the heart.
Plsburydoughboy2.0 More than 1 year ago
For guys like me, who would be more likely to be listening to the latest releases from Mastodon than from Maria Carey, I recommend this albvum wholeheartedly. An almost universally loved album (actually, I don't know anyone who wouldn't like this), Sade' s sophisticated jazz stylings gets upgraded with an upbeat r&b/hip-hop groove so masterfully it's admirable. From classic ballads like By Your Side and the title track, to the heartwrenchings songs of slavery and racism, Sade just hits the right notes every time. This album's almost a decade old, actually, but she just does such a perfcet job updating her sound, it seems, that there's been no need for new material since (her only new releases since then being her live album and a single to benefit victims of Darfur.) Considering how little music's actually changed this decade, this still sounds quite great.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love Sade's smooth and enchanting voice. She instanting hiptozises you with her mellowness. Great album to dim the lights and forget about everything! This is definately one of their best, and a must have for the fan of contemporary music!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with Sade's music when I was a teenager watching Hang on to your Love on BET at midnight in the early 80's. Ever since, her albums became signposts of my emotional memory, as I am sure they did for many listeners. She secured my undying respect with her Love Deluxe tour. I had never seen or heard anything quite so beautiful - such a pure expression of an artistic impulse - in pop music. So I missed her all these years in the increasingly vacuous music world like an old dear friend. The rush of emotion which accompanied my first listen through Lovers Rock was matched by gratitude that she waited to make something urgent, real and true. This album is part of a larger tapestry, the latest installment in a luminous quilt, made with tender care. Thank you to the fantastic group of people that are Sade and to the lady herself. Thank you so.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am happy with the majority of feedback I have read on Sade's beautiful new release, but for those that give this album anything less than the full mark, read on... The definition of sexy is best understood through exercising restraint. In every way, this album is restrained, with a sort of knowing intelligence. Every note of every instrument, every beat, and every unique and thoughtful phrasing by Ms. Adu is necessary, but executed in the most suble way. Just listen, turn it up a little... and you'll get a taste of something that is almost a lost artform in many types of music today, and that is RESTRIANT. Sade's band is wonderful, because you know that they can play, the talent is there. But instead of flexing their musical muscles and going for the solid and overproduced keyboardish intro's and heavy funkish beats, they hold back and exercise restraint. That is the mark of a good band, and this band can do it. Then you add in the beautiful Sade edge on vocals that COMPLETELY takes the edge off and inspires you to listen harder. And the lyrics themselves are better here than I''ve ever seen in the past. I love this album, and I just feel that it is one of the most sexy and moving albums I've heard in ages. Definitely one of the best of the year, and could remain in that spot for a long time to come.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The best relaxing music, great text, when your drivin' or relaxing, just Supa-Dupa! A girl from Holland, with bad english
Guest More than 1 year ago
ever listen to something that melts your soul, whose womanly voice tingles your toes and numbs your thoughts and all you can feel is the melancholy emotion following through your veins. does your heart skip a beat and then follow the music's? YES? then you know SADE. NO? then get SADE. she will rivet your heart, puncture your soul, dry your emotions and you'll walk away a better person with the experience. sade warms and chills you with her new cd. even if you have never listened to her before - you will miss her after you heard this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sade returns from her hiatus with even more talent. This CD is ultra-mellow and romantic. It's great for some easy dancing with a loved one. Lover's Rock has led to multiple wonderful nights for me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I purchased everything Sade ever recorded and love her music. However, after approximately 8 years of silence, I expected a little more. I found ''Lovers Rock'' a little weak, lacking the typical energy and rhythm which made her famous overnight. Except for the first cut, ''By your side'', everything else repeats itself in monotony. The sexual ambiance of her previous recordings has vanished. She sounds fatigued, almost uninterested.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i have a copy of sade's new album. needless to say it superb! the album is very different compare to the previous one, however the uniqueness of sade's soul still there. to hightlight a couple of song from the album...please listen to ''by your side'' ''slave song'' ''flow'' and ''king of sorrow'' without any doubt or question sade is the best. it was worth the wait. let's celebrate. the divas is back. welcome home SADE.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard ''Lovers Rock'' and fell in love all over again . She has a great talent and is expressed in her music wonderfully. There is no one better. ''Flow'' and ''Slave song'' are the best . Let's just say you can't go wrong buying this CD or any of her others.
Guest More than 1 year ago
From the pains of heartache to the bliss of real love no one can express this better than Sade. One of her best yet, well worth the wait.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Sade's first original recording in 8 years and it's fantastic! Here Sade exudes a very stripped down but soulful sound. The album consists mainly of ballads that are accompanied by a drum machine, several guitars and the occasional keyboard. Some of the highlights on this album are ''By Your Side'', ''Lovers Rock'', ''All About Our Love'', and ''Somebody Already Broke My Heart''. The lyrics are very insightful and reflective, which helps give listeners a feeling of understanding, as most of the songs are about the triumphs and travails of love. Overall, this is a very strong release from a mature artist. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was completely disappointed with this heap/pseudo-reggae/mindless politicizing failure! It took her 8 yrs. just to come up and out with this ?!? Maybe she needs another 10 years to get inspired! O.K., I must admit. Maybe one or two songs were alright, but it's not something I will play...often. Matthewman, Denman, and Hale were artistically bound on this one! I think they need to re-convene and continue with ''Sweetback''!! Now that was something!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sade is the greatest lyricist of all time. This album is long overdue. Well worth the wait.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Other than that legal mishap in the Carribean, can she do any wrong? I am just sorry that BN didn't give me any more stars to choose. All others in my collection immediately toppled to second best when I purchased this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sade's new album ''Lovers Rock'' is one of her best ever. She always brings a new distinct sound to every album; no other artist sounds like her. So buy the CD and i promise you won't be disappointed.