Diamond nights and ruby lights: your favorite SADE album

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I suspect not many people are gonna vote on this, but let's try anyway.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
Diamond Life 7
Love Deluxe 7
Promise 2
Stronger than Pride 1
Lovers Rock1


baaderonixx, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 16:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Pretty easy choice for me, since 'Love Deluxe' is one of my favorite albums ever. I tried a few years back to make a mixtape conjuring sultry poolside nights, but in the end that whole album played better than any mixtape I could come up with.

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 16:14 (fourteen years ago) link

Love Deluxe, as long as I turn it off before the wanky jam at the end.

The Reverend, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 16:22 (fourteen years ago) link

"diamond life" - cherry pie cannot be topped

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 16:25 (fourteen years ago) link

hardest poll ever, though - all her albums sound the same!

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 16:26 (fourteen years ago) link

does anybody have her video collection? it's amazing - there are like 4 videos that were all obviously from the exact same shoot - same cast, same cameras, same sets... the only difference is that people are wearing slightly different clothes

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 16:27 (fourteen years ago) link

hardest poll ever, though - all her albums sound the same!

Really? For me the first three albums are definitely from the same mould, pretty lite-jazzy with a hint of old school RnB, whereas 'Love Deluxe' comes off as way darker and minimal than the rest. The last album didn't do much for me, with a poppier and a slightly slightly dubbier sound.

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 17:01 (fourteen years ago) link

hmm, those tags came out wrong!

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 17:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Ah, Lovers Rock is great.

The Reverend, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 17:04 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah Lovers Rock is really really good.

baaderonix you're right of course - though to my mind they are very small differences in the whole scheme of things. but i guess that's what threads like this are about!

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 4 July 2007 17:05 (fourteen years ago) link

3 votes? that's even less than I expected...

baaderonixx, Thursday, 5 July 2007 12:11 (fourteen years ago) link

I only know the song "By Your Side". But I do really like it.

I know, right?, Thursday, 5 July 2007 12:31 (fourteen years ago) link

Whichever one has "The Sweetest Taboo."

Alfred, Lord Sotosyn, Thursday, 5 July 2007 12:55 (fourteen years ago) link

Love Deluxe is her masterpiece, Stronger Than Pride the underated one. really the first four are flawless if you synch into her groove.

in the late 90s I wrote a feature story on neo-soul and when I interviewed Maxwell, d'Angelo and Eryka Badu, they all mentioned Sade as a prime influence along with old school hip-hop. surprising.

she's never received her due afaic.

m coleman, Thursday, 5 July 2007 13:28 (fourteen years ago) link

she's sad, smoky, and clear as running water. there's something in her voice that reminds me of both k.d. lang and billie holiday - a kind of liquidy velvet buoyancy that allows her to ride atop an almost never-revealed reservoir of strength. i was in love with her for awhile

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 5 July 2007 14:16 (fourteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

ILX System, Saturday, 7 July 2007 23:01 (fourteen years ago) link

Whichever one has "Smooth Operator".

Spencer Chow, Sunday, 8 July 2007 00:17 (fourteen years ago) link

"Lovers Rock" is, like, really remarkably good

I love the hits from way back when like the next guy but I think "Lovers Rock" is really the best one, it's just so airy but dark and rich too...amazing record

J0hn D., Sunday, 8 July 2007 00:24 (fourteen years ago) link

THE CORRECT ANSWER IS STRONGER THAN PRIDE

I HATE THEM THAT DISAGREE WITH ME BUT SHOT THEM THAT DO AGREE WITHME

HI DERE, Sunday, 8 July 2007 01:03 (fourteen years ago) link

Love Deluxe. It's the only one that seemed to hold together as a whole album without boring filler, and like magic, it holds up after a zillion plays.

Lovers Rock was like falling off a cliff as far as disappointment goes. I mean, I really thought it would be a sure thing and wow...I sold it. Maybe going away and having a child wasn't such a great thing for her music after all.

Stronger Than Pride is underrated, I agree. There are some really funky and essential tracks on that.

I don't think she gets near enough props among the people I know. She's kindof out there in left field, a phenomenon all her/their own.

Bimble, Sunday, 8 July 2007 07:47 (fourteen years ago) link

Trayce, I don't have her videos but I do have a live video of her and it's just stunning. Her beauty alone is just too much. Most beautiful pop star ever, I think.

Bimble, Sunday, 8 July 2007 07:54 (fourteen years ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

ILX System, Sunday, 8 July 2007 23:01 (fourteen years ago) link

*GASP* A tie! We need a runoff...

The Reverend, Monday, 9 July 2007 05:13 (fourteen years ago) link

I do have a live video of her and it's just stunning. Her beauty alone is just too much. Most beautiful pop star ever, I think.

Completely OTM. Jeez..

Listening to the lite-metal version of 'No Ordinary Love' on that dvd, I can see why Deftones would cover that song.

baaderonixx, Wednesday, 11 July 2007 21:35 (fourteen years ago) link

six years pass...

this was always default love deluxe but uh stronger than pride is really opening up for me lately and it also happens to be perfect?

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Wednesday, 16 October 2013 18:36 (eight years ago) link

nine months pass...

TPL reaches Sade, for the one instance so far, unlike other places: http://nobilliards.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/sade-promise.html

agincourtgirl, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 16:48 (seven years ago) link

I'd vote "Stronger Than Pride" today

The Reverend, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 17:17 (seven years ago) link

same

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 August 2014 17:20 (seven years ago) link

bass

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzvM0M6lRfI

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 August 2014 17:21 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxNwpZR_-S8

has owned my summer mornings

r|t|c, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 17:27 (seven years ago) link

mad professor mix still owns my life tho

(lol nearly wrote large professor, obviously the typo marsha ambrosius didn't catch)

r|t|c, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 17:31 (seven years ago) link

http://steadyleanin.tumblr.com/post/39806558340/download-sade-feel-no-pain-best-of-sade

screwed (and not chopped), owns my summer

j., Tuesday, 5 August 2014 17:39 (seven years ago) link

gimmicks don't befit

r|t|c, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 17:54 (seven years ago) link

ugh that edit

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 August 2014 17:57 (seven years ago) link

TPL reaches Sade, for the one instance so far, unlike other places: http://nobilliards.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/sade-promise.html

― agincourtgirl, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 17:48 Bookmark

this is good

some thoughts re aspiration/sophistication/country realness/belonging/"relatability"/uk v usa perspectives thereof that might have been nice to have had when we were comparing sade with katy b (possibly with teedra throughline) that time

r|t|c, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 18:01 (seven years ago) link

xp wha u no like? savage

r|t|c, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 18:02 (seven years ago) link

This is my favorite Sade remix tho

http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RxfnBhwc9xg

The Reverend, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 18:11 (seven years ago) link

xp wha u no like? savage

"ugh" in this context = "i'm totally overwhelmed"

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Tuesday, 5 August 2014 18:15 (seven years ago) link

u crazy kids with ur ambiguous gruntings

there 2 x 12"s of vin sol & matrixxman edits for you to luxuriate in fyi, this year's and last

r|t|c, Tuesday, 5 August 2014 18:20 (seven years ago) link

Listening to the 2012 live album right now. Saw her on the Love Deluxe tour in 1992. Fantastic, and this disc is amazing.

Humorist (horse) (誤訳侮辱), Tuesday, 5 August 2014 18:52 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

so how would the last fit in this ranking? Never managed to really get into it?
OTOH, it tokk me 5-6 years to really warm up to Lovers Rock - just below Deluxe for me, these days.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 29 September 2014 14:20 (seven years ago) link

i got way into soldier of love last year. think the sequencing is a bit off but otherwise it's a+. besides my ranking of sade records shifts every few months

prob at this point:
love deluxe
stronger than pride
lovers rock
promise
soldier of love
diamond life

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Monday, 29 September 2014 15:48 (seven years ago) link

stronger than pride
love deluxe
diamond life
promise
lovers rock
soldier of love

bobby shmorbius (The Reverend), Monday, 29 September 2014 19:56 (seven years ago) link

eleven months pass...

Missed this poll, would have automatically voted Diamond Life, but just heard it for the first time in years and it doesn't hold up at all for me. I think I'd probably go with Love Deluxe now, though I never heard Soldier Of Love. Feel a big Sade kick coming on.

Wimmels, Wednesday, 2 September 2015 14:08 (six years ago) link

one year passes...

If you listen to all the Sade albums in chronological sequence there's a strong sense that each of the first five albums is more deeply-felt and personal and throbbing with emotion than the last - the songs sound positively light-hearted on Diamond Life, whereas by Love Deluxe and Lovers Rock everything's drowning in feeling.

Tim F, Monday, 13 March 2017 11:30 (four years ago) link

^I may try and do that as I only know the debut and assorted singles after that.
re: "drowning in feeling", Superpitcher feels it, too: http://www.whosampled.com/sample/479623/Superpitcher-Snow-Blind-Sade-Immigrant/

willem, Monday, 13 March 2017 12:41 (four years ago) link

IT'S ABOUT FAITH

IT'S ABOUT TRUST

marcos, Monday, 13 March 2017 13:44 (four years ago) link

i love sade so much.

Bein' Sean Bean (LocalGarda), Monday, 13 March 2017 13:50 (four years ago) link

"Maureen" has been my discovery.

the Rain Man of nationalism. (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 13 March 2017 13:57 (four years ago) link

Love Deluxe is such a darkly gorgeous album. Easily my favorite.

Austin, Monday, 13 March 2017 14:17 (four years ago) link

I suspect these guys are ruthlessly efficient and only work on the few numbers that make the album but I would love to hear an expanded "Deluxe Love Deluxe" with demos, odds and ends

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Monday, 13 March 2017 15:27 (four years ago) link

one year passes...

After a week of Sade revision my current rankings would be

Love Deluxe
Stronger Than Pride
Diamond Life
Promise
Soldier Of Love
Lovers Rock (this is the only one I've not fully connected with)

kitchen person, Sunday, 3 February 2019 04:59 (two years ago) link

love deluxe and stronger than pride are def the top two

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Sunday, 3 February 2019 17:19 (two years ago) link

Agree those are the top two but Lovers Rock is the one I've been going too recently. It's Only Love That Gets You Through rules all.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Sunday, 3 February 2019 17:50 (two years ago) link

Heh -- I'm working on something now.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 3 February 2019 17:53 (two years ago) link

Suffice it to say that Promise is their best but STP has proven the most sonically influential.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 3 February 2019 17:54 (two years ago) link

Love Deluxe will always be my #1 because that's the tour I saw her on. Digable Planets opened.

grawlix (unperson), Sunday, 3 February 2019 18:24 (two years ago) link

It’s the clear #1

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Sunday, 3 February 2019 19:21 (two years ago) link

Love Deluxe has been my number one for a while, but I can feel Stronger Than Pride catching it up. One thing I'm finding is that there's really not much between Promise and Diamond Life for me these days.

kitchen person, Sunday, 3 February 2019 22:46 (two years ago) link

I feel like if you think the answer to this poll is easy or clear then maybe you need to spend more time listening to Sade.

Tim F, Sunday, 3 February 2019 23:16 (two years ago) link

Another double, Alfred: you ranked “Turn My Back On You” twice. Is it a feature or a bug?

breastcrawl, Monday, 4 February 2019 09:00 (two years ago) link

Nah, it's editing.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 4 February 2019 12:36 (two years ago) link

I got another song in, though.

Your sweetie-pie-coo-coo I love ya (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 4 February 2019 12:36 (two years ago) link

MOP By Your Side remix is kind of genius https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wwAcM8BiBck

Stronger Than Pride destroying my world album-wise rn. Chills down the spine @ Haunt Me.

J. Sam, Monday, 4 February 2019 13:32 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

god "Maureen" is incredible, wtf

Warmed Regards, (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 02:47 (four weeks ago) link

YUP

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 02:48 (four weeks ago) link

I wish I had a time machine so I could throw “All About Our Love” onto mixtapes I made for any of relationships I was in circa 2000-2005. Slinky jam.

Western® with Bacon Flavor, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 03:13 (four weeks ago) link

The run from Promise through Lover's Rock is basically unimpeachable.

The first and final albums are great too, but the only ones where I don't think "this is definitely the best Sade album" while they're playing.

Tim F, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 08:17 (four weeks ago) link

hot take: besides love deluxe —which is in my all time top ten, maybe even top five— stronger than pride is far and away their best album.

secondary hot take: diamond life is their worst album.

tertiary hot take: solider of love is better than diamond life by about two or three astronomical units.

bonus track: diamond life is overrated as hell.

things repeat forever and there never is a remedy (Austin), Tuesday, 28 September 2021 15:52 (four weeks ago) link

your tertiary take and bonus track are remixes of your secondary take. in any case i can't agree but i respect the strong opinion.

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 28 September 2021 17:11 (four weeks ago) link

okay now I am obsessed with “I Couldn’t Love You More”, I want to build a home inside of these two piano chords and live there forever

Warmed Regards, (Stevie D(eux)), Tuesday, 12 October 2021 12:34 (two weeks ago) link


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