Sade is one the greatest of all time and on this set the group created a template which would continue to generate hit after hit over the years. The exotic face and persona of Ms Sade Adu, her divine vocal style, the intricate musical arrangements, the heart-wrenching lyrics, strong bass lines, the fusion of jazz/funk/pop, in other words the smooth sound of Sade. One of the only bands of all time to make smooth jazz sound very hip and very cool. It was a style that was as unique to them more than 20 years ago as it is today.
The album has one of the strongest starts of all the Sade albums, from the classic "Smooth Operator", to the standard "Your Love is King", to "Hang on to Your Love". In just these 3 songs you know you are listening to something special that will be around for a very long time. The album does cool off a bit after the startling intro with cuts that are less inspired. They borrowed a little too much in style and production from the pop world in the 80's and consequently sound very dated today. Having said that there were still stand out tracks like the dynamic "Cherry Pie" and the pleading "Why Can't We Live Together". The messages were consistently emotive throughout and the point was made, look out there is a new force to be reckoned with in the world of music and if you don't know you better get to know!