Thursday, January 07, 2010

Best Thing I Heard Today: Sade doing "Soldier of Love"

Completely unexpected, with more jagged edges than I've ever heard from Sade before, but maybe I just haven't been listening. The drummer keeps coming up with new snare beats while maintaining the martial groove, which is some kind of feat in itself. The gang vocals swerve towards atonal "WOOO"s and new structural elements keep unraveling before our ears. Sade the soldier sounds bedraggled, like she's at the end of her tour, until all she can do is wait for love to come, the surge that'll turn everything around. But her music tells us that's more dream than certainty.

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