Aretha would be the Queen of Soul, Madonna would be the Queen of Pop, Chaka would be the Queen of Funk and Dolly would be the Queen of Nation.
However now I’m crowning Sade along with her personal royal title: Bow all the way down to the Queen of Quarantine and Chill.
It’s been 10 years since Sade Adu — who doesn’t want a final identify any greater than Cher, Bono or Prince — launched her final album along with her namesake band, 2010’s Grammy-winning “Soldier of Love.” However the sultry soul-pop siren behind such timeless torchiness as “Paradise”, “The Sweetest Taboo” and “No Atypical Love” has been my clean comforter in the course of the quarantine.
Now, with the arrival of “This Far” — a career-spanning vinyl field set of all six of Sade’s studio albums — she is, to cite “Your Love Is King”, the ruler of my coronary heart.
Sure, Sade is my boo.
How else to clarify how she has wrapped me up in her tender, tranquilizing embrace once I desperately wanted a hug — however social distancing was blocking any of that insanity.
Past the hits — which have aged like a high quality Beaujolais — digging into the deep cuts from 1984’s “Diamond Life”, 1985’s “Promise”, 1988’s “Stronger Than Pleasure”, 1992’s “Love Deluxe”, 2000’s “Lovers Rock” and “Soldier of Stay” has been a soothing escape from the partitions I’ve been climbing — and the craziness that’s been lurking throughout.
There’s “I Will Be Your Pal” and “Sally” on “Diamond Life”, “Jezebel” and “Concern” on “Promise”, “Hang-out Me” and “Hold Trying” on “Stronger Than Pleasure”, “I Couldn’t Love You Extra” and “Pearls” on “Love Deluxe.” There are songs like these on each Sade album which can be like Xanax for the soul and spirit.
After all, it might be candy to have some new Sade music in spite of everything these years, so let’s maintain hope alive. In spite of everything, she took 10 years between “Lovers Rock” and “Soldier of Love”, and eight years between “Love Deluxe” and “Lovers Rock.”
Clearly, she likes to take her candy time, and if anybody is allowed to maneuver at her personal chill tempo amidst all of the stresses of the world, it’s Sade.
Native New Yorker. Travel addict. Hardcore thinker. Analyst. Pop culture fanatic. I live in Queens with my wife Linda and our dog Clemenza.