So if you love R&B and jazz, then this DVD is a must for your collection. And if you like Sade, I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
The underwhelming experience of the performances is in part also a result of production values that are definitively under par. True, a lot of concert DVDs offer even worse sound and picture, but that's no reason to let the producers and the media companies who want customers' money off the hook easily.
In the case of Lovers Live drums and the usually pumping bass are o.k., but all other intruments either lack transparency or are - case in point: overdriven guitars - to loud. Compare the sound to The Band's remastered Last Waltz DVD or to Steely Dan's Two Against Nature DVD and you cannot be but disappointed.
Both picture quality and directing are also rather bad. The color transfer on the DVD looks as if it was filmed through filters to reduce the color differentiation and the perspectives of the camera usually do not absorb you into the show. Worst are the frontal shots of the whole stage, which show you the light and photo show, but which put you into the distant position of an uninvolved observer.
To sum up: It's better to listen to Sade's music on CD than to be disappointed by this DVD
This one should be in your collection. I am either watching it once a month and defintely keep the CD close by at all times.
A Loyal Female Fan
At just under two hours, you get a comprehensive show: 22 songs, with ten from the latest "Lovers Rock" CD. The remaining twelve are all favorite hits from Sade's previous four albums. Sound-wise, everything sounds great, and you can select from either stereo or 5.1 Surround Sound to suit your tastes. The band plays really tight, and there are some nice surprises, such as a cool intro to "Sweetest Taboo" and a funky/rock version of "Paradise" (check out the choreography).
Visually, you see lots of Sade (a good thing), yet the camera time spent on her and the rest of the band is fairly balanced. I loved the editing since I was watching what I wanted to see pretty much most of the time. The lighting for this tour is somewhat more interesting than the last, and the use of the video screen in back of the stage adds some pizzazz, especially the film of water dropping in synch with key accented beats in "Somebody Already Broke My Heart." The camera work and editing are superb. Even the credit track is awesome, with some really touching footage of the audience.
DVD Extras: 1) behind-the-scenes video (pretty funny) of the band members dancing and mugging for the camera; 2) Sade, behind-the-scenes; 3) concertgoers' "messages to Sade"; and 4) excellent "King of Sorrow" video, directed by Sophie Muller and filmed in Puerto Rico.
Hearing the crowd chant "go Sade, go Sade" and her reaction is nice to watch ... it's definitely worth getting ... 8+/10 rating.