Title - ‘Stronger Than Pride’ (Audio Fidelity)
Artist - Sade
Three years after the release of Promise (containing the hit single ‘Sweetest Taboo’), Sade returned with one of the best works of her career. I say “her” career, even though Sade was officially a band, because it just makes more sense to me! Anyway, moving on and this relatively stripped down album has now made its full circle tour of the music world by being lovingly re-released on Limited Edition 180 Gram Vinyl.
With not a glitch, hiccup, scratch, snuffle to be found as it plays, it is without a doubt one of the most luscious works of musical art to be heard on a record player in this day and age of “screamed” so-called music!
Featuring Stuart Matthewman on guitar and sax, Paul Spencer Denman on bass and Andrew Hale on keyboards, Stronger Than Pride allows Sade’s always-cool persona, her distinctive character to infuse soul, pop, contemporary jazz and, as always Middle-Eastern flavors in equal musical measures.
The album begins with the title track, ‘Love Is Stronger Than Pride,‘ a sweeping break up tale that finds our heroine still in love with her ex and is backed by the contagious slow funk of ‘Paradise.’ Easily one of the best tracks on this album, as always the lyrics take the song to a whole personal level that we can all attest to.
The beautiful ‘Nothing Can Come Between Us,’ featuring the lush vocals of Stuart Matthewman is next with the stunningly sweet ‘Haunt Me’ following along close behind. Combining Brazilian-flavored acoustic guitar work along with late night smoky piano work, the song is definitely another highlight of the album. The upbeat funk pop of ‘Turn My Back On You’ is next, and is followed by the sultry ‘Keep Looking.’
Both ‘Clean Heart’ and then ‘Give It Up’ come next, with the hauntingly slo-mo cut that is ‘I Never Thought I’d See The Day’ and then finally the uptempo saxophone-inspired instrumental ‘Siempre Hay Esperanza’ bringing this truly incredible album to a close.