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Promise Vinyl LP - PRE-ORDER

LegacySKU lp-15009

1985 sophomore album hinting at enduring brilliance, includes 'Sweetest Taboo,' 'Is It A Crime,' 'Jezebel'
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  • PLEASE NOTE: All 6 Sade album reissues are scheduled to ship in 2 batches with different release dates.
  • ETA June 2024: Diamond Life, Promise, Stronger Than Pride
  • ETA September 2024: Love Deluxe, Lovers Rock, Soldier Of Love
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Released just 12 months after Diamond Life (they’ve now slowed to a cool album-every-ten-years average…), Promise retains much of the cool lounge chic of Sade’s debut while branching out into more latin and balearic sounds, with Sade Adu herself producing and arranging several tracks alongside Diamond Life producer Robin Millar. Promise opens in full-blown jazz mode with the dynamic big band drama of "Is It A Crime" before moving into one of their best known songs, the rainy confessional "The Sweetest Taboo." "Tar Baby," "Jezebel" and "Never As Good As The First Time" are sultry jazz ballads in the vein of Diamond Life, but the rest of the record is peppered with balearic and experimental touches that hint at the promise of the band’s subsequent work. The macabre theatrics and borderline free jazz of "Fear" (with Adu trading off English and Spanish verses), shuffling fusion of "Mr. Wrong," sultry bossa nova of "War Of The Hearts" and upbeat jazz-funk of "Maureen" are other major standouts. Recommended.

  • black vinyl pressing (please note: actual pressing color and packaging may differ from mock-up photo)
  • original release year: 1985
  • music label: Legacy 2024
reviewed by hannibal chew 11/2017
UPC: 196587848118


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