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No one does the whole lite jazz-adult contemporary thing better than Sade. No one sounds like them, and their albums continue to sell kajillions. But they're not rock, and they're too smooth. Despite being true originals - and making perhaps the only decent music one will ever hear in the grocery store - Sade will be passed over.
Posted by Andrew on Tuesday, 03.6.07 @ 23:50pm
I'd love to see Sade inducted, just because I love her and her voice is one of my favorites. But I'm not sure she will.
Posted by Mountaineer on Tuesday, 07.15.08 @ 13:04pm
As a fellow Brit it would be interesting to see Sade (almost typed "Slade", who are a completely different matter) inducted; her new album just got to #1 in the U.S. and every studio album has gone top 10 in the U.S. and top 20 pretty much everywhere in Europe (in the U.K. at least), which proves she has staying power. Also, "Smooth Operator" remains a timeless tune. But I don't think she (or they) will, as the impact on R'N'R is minimal. Now, if they started a Jazz Hall of Fame, then maybe...
Posted by Sam on Thursday, 02.18.10 @ 16:43pm
I like fluffy bunnies bucause they eat squash!
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Thursday, 03.25.10 @ 07:21am
Sade wont ever actually make it to the Rocx Hall, but I give her a Yes vote anyway. Her music is compelling/enjoyable. She's been missing for a long while now, but I just watched new video for Soldier of Love. Pretty good.
Posted by Telarock on Tuesday, 03.30.10 @ 11:41am
Never say never, Sade have been outstanding musicians since the beginning. Sade's blend of smooth jazz and icy detached vocals could propel Sade into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in the very near future.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 04.6.13 @ 14:00pm
Coast to coast, L.A. to Chicago: This will keep Sade out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because Chicago is not on the coast.
Posted by Roy on Sunday, 09.1.13 @ 12:08pm
Seeing Sade on the nomination list for the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame is quite encouraging, hopefully The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame will follow suit.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 10.11.13 @ 17:02pm
From the time that I had heard,'Smooth Operator,' I was immediately hooked. I had always been wondering who this artist known as Sade was?
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 05.25.14 @ 02:41am
So let me make sure I have this right. Donna Summer is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Sade is not??? In a word? Comical.
Posted by Luis on Friday, 05.30.14 @ 18:54pm
Actually, I don't have a problem with Donna Summer being inducted, but Sade definitely deserves this honor as well. So what is about Sade's music that we find so appealing? Opinions, please.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 06.3.14 @ 10:05am
Actually, I don't have a problem with Donna Summer being inducted, but Sade definitely deserves this honor as well. So what is it about Sade's music that we find so appealing? Opinions, please.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 06.3.14 @ 15:11pm
I personally appreciate her (band's) music's ability to masquerade the amount of time it really takes to get from the first to the fifth floor of an apartment building.
Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 06.3.14 @ 20:43pm
There is a lot of depth to Sade's songs. I do not consider Sade to be elevator music Philip; that is just so insulting.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 06.23.14 @ 04:40am
Well, it was meant as a compliment, Enig! Just like it's a compliment to point out how wonderful her (band's) music goes with the third martini prepared by a bartender who wears a tuxedo while nonchalantly working his shaker.
Posted by Philip on Monday, 06.23.14 @ 19:55pm
Okay, I get your point. Sade's music is great dinner music at a very high end restaurant, but her band's music is so much better than those of other artists, who are attempting to ride the coattails of their siblings, into the Rock Hall, n'est-ce pas?
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 07.20.14 @ 15:07pm
I prefer the term "cocktail lounge", but if you're referring to Janet Jackson in your diss, then no, I would not agree. Janet's much more deserving than Sade. If you're referring to Mike McCartney's band the Scaffold, riding the coattails of brotherhood with Sir Paul, then yes, I'd agree there.
Posted by Philip on Sunday, 07.20.14 @ 20:14pm
The way that I see it, Sade made it really cool to like jazz again. Her band's songs are extremely well executed and her soaring voice adds a new dimension of depth and sensuality to those incredible songs.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 07.22.14 @ 09:40am
Interesting postulation. Kind of like what Stevie Ray Vaughan did for the blues? To that end, there's a similarity, since it was never uncool to like jazz or blues. It just wasn't always popular. To that end, I would say that's where the similarity ends. SRV brought a blues and blues-rock revival to the mainstream, influence many in his wake. I don't think you can say the same for Sade. Jazz-fusion was already being led by the hand by the likes of Miles and Herbie. Sade was kind of an off-shoot of that which stagnated as a style. It's like a private road off a main stretch: it may be well-maintained, have a nice neighborhood in it with nice houses, may offer some lovely views... but as a road, doesn't really anywhere. That's kind of how I feel about Sade's music.
Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 07.22.14 @ 20:20pm
*doesn't really lead anywhere.
Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 07.22.14 @ 20:22pm
I enjoy Sade's music and I wouldn't mind seeing them nominated at some point. Might have to wait a bit, though.
Posted by Marissa on Wednesday, 07.23.14 @ 09:27am
I had heard that Toure had interviewed Sade recently for the 30th anniversary of "Diamond Life." i am wondering, if Toure would endorse Sade, would Questlove follow suit?
Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 08.7.14 @ 10:02am
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 08.9.14 @ 14:29pm
This is a no brainer to real and truly individuals to music. Sade will be in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. The group has cross barriers for 30+ years. Sade Adu and her band sound awesome on CD and in person. They as a group are perfection in preparation for recordings and performing. Madam (she was knighted) Sade Adu sings "Is it a crime"; the answer is, "Yes" if they do not get into the Rock N Roll Hall very, very, very, very soon!! I am one of the groups biggest fan and look forward to their induction!!
Posted by KEVIN D. BROWN on Wednesday, 08.13.14 @ 12:50pm
I agree completely, Kevin
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 08.31.14 @ 11:22am
Sade definitely has far too many superlatives to warrant their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. I am certain that Roy could elucidate those reasons for their induction, if you really asked him too.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 09.6.14 @ 09:01am
I am sorry, I had meant to say that Sade has far too many superlatives as a band, to not warrant their immediate induction onto the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 09.7.14 @ 02:42am
At the time that had written this review of Sade's albums, I had not yet heard "Love Deluxe."
Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 09.9.14 @ 09:40am
I had purchased, Sade's BluRay from their 2011 tour, a few months ago, and I am really looking forward to watching it sometime this weekend.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 09.13.14 @ 13:47pm
Helen Folasade Adu is ageless. She still looks and sings like she's in her early thirties, yet she is in her mid fifties; how is this possible?
Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 09.15.14 @ 09:18am
I had just finished watching "Bring Me Home Live 2011," on BluRay yesterday. I must admit that it was really quite a magnificent presentation.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 09.18.14 @ 18:47pm
Enig, in all seriousness, there are several reasons why Sade isn't in. The Hall has been very picky about 80's artists, they've been almost just as picky about R&B in the past decade or so, and they have been incredibly slow to recognize artists that has been almost completely lite about their sound. Now you can argue about all their rhythmic greatness and all, but to the average listener, they are lounge jazz/R&B. They are lite, polite, and the most exciting thing about their music is the bass line... not even a fuzz bass, not even the rhythm line because the drums are subdued. Note that word. "Subdued" is a word that is almost the antithesis of the ethos of rock'n'roll, as held by the Foundation.
Posted by Philip on Thursday, 09.18.14 @ 23:06pm
Philip, thank you for all of your astute observations, but I am still going to support Sade's induction.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 09.20.14 @ 10:04am
That's fine. There's a case to be made for Sade, I suppose. Just please remember that most of us here wouldn't care to be reminded of your support for Sade any more frequently than once a month, if even that often.
Posted by Philip on Saturday, 09.20.14 @ 22:15pm
I enjoy them while in the dentist chair.
Posted by BeastMode on Saturday, 09.20.14 @ 23:02pm
I haven't seen a dentist in more than a quarter century. Of course, I do not normally drink tea, or coffee.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 09.20.14 @ 23:52pm
That explains a lot. (just kidding)
Posted by BeastMode on Tuesday, 09.23.14 @ 19:21pm
I was over at Rolling Stone Magazine's website yesterday and had noticed that Sade now has a Biography page. Could this mean something important?
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 10.5.14 @ 14:25pm
Is it a crime that Sade has not yet been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame? Yes, it is!
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 05.2.15 @ 10:36am
Nice band but boring. Too boring.
Posted by King Kong on Sunday, 05.3.15 @ 07:38am
What else can I say or write about Sade, that I have not already said or written? Yes, 'Smooth Operator' is their signature song, but if you look closely you will find other gems as well. Sade's music does not seem to be dated; you will still be able to play a Sade song years later and it will still feel fresh.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 06.7.15 @ 13:21pm
I think that Ryan Davis of the San Francisco Examiner has made a very compelling case for Sade's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 07.12.15 @ 12:41pm
Last Saturday, I had to have my oil changed in my S.U.V. Since the dealership where I had purchased my S.U.V. is approximately an hour and a half away, I had needed some music to listen to along the way. I had chosen "The Best Of Sade." It was a very appropriate choice. At the first major intersection, the cd started playing the beginning of 'Your Love Is King.' when I had arrived at the dealership, the final notes of 'Pearls' had ended. I had almost one and one half hours of uninterrupted blissful smooth jazz to listen to during that interim period. Helen Folasade's voice had soared on 'Is It A Crime' especially. 'Smooth Operator' was extraordinarily spectacular, each note had been played with amazing precision. Throughout most of their songs, the saxophone playing of Stuart Matthewman was phenomenal. The same thing could be said about Andrew Hale's keyboards and Paul Denman's bass playing. Also, the guitar work was clean and precise. It is no wonder why Sade is so beloved. When I informally ask, does Sade deserve induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame? The answer is always a resounding Yes.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 07.30.15 @ 09:50am
I agree with Enigmaticus
Posted by Happy on Thursday, 07.30.15 @ 20:43pm
Thank you, Happy for supporting Sade.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 08.1.15 @ 14:26pm
I disagree with Happy. It's a no...
Posted by Sad on Saturday, 08.1.15 @ 15:34pm
That's really peculiar Sad, add an "e" to your name and it is Sade.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 08.1.15 @ 16:19pm
That's actually pretty funny. I Didn't even realize that when I posted it. 'No Ordinary Love' is a classic.
Posted by Sad on Saturday, 08.1.15 @ 17:04pm
"By Your Side" and "The Sweetest Taboo" are as well. I liken Sade to a female-led version of "get it on" soul music in the vein of Marvin Gaye and Barry White. Not exactly the same style, I know, but Sade seems to get the mood going more than anyone. Very sexy music with an added emotional element to it.
Posted by dmg on Saturday, 08.1.15 @ 17:55pm
Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 08.6.15 @ 10:05am
My appreciation for the music of Sade goes back more than 30 years. I was 20 years old when Sade was first formed. I was 23 years old when I was first introduced to the music of Sade. I was also 23 years old when I had first purchased "Diamond Life." Over the past 30 years, I have purchased most of Sade's discography. I would really like to attend Sade's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame next year.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 08.16.15 @ 05:25am
I will not deny that Sade is still one of my favorite artists. I had developed an appreciation for the sound of the saxophone at a very early age. My first exposure to the sound of the saxophone may have been Boots Randolph's recordings.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 05:22am
Posted by RBFAN on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 07:37am
Thank you RBFAN,
Posted by Enigmatus on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 10:05am
Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 12:49pm
Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 08.21.15 @ 14:52pm
Yesterday, I was watching an impromptu jazz fusion session on Prog Archives which had been, believe it or not, part of the song,'Smooth Operator' by Sade. One individual was attempting to convince various members of Prog Archives how 'Sade' had belonged to my favorite genre, "progressive rock" and even when confronted with the evidence, were entirely dismissive. Believe me, I certainly know how that feels.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 08.22.15 @ 09:32am
With very few exceptions, most of the people whom I have polled over the past several months like Sade much more than another often touted artist, on this website.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 09.5.15 @ 06:07am
You're a trip, buddy.
Posted by Mike on Saturday, 09.5.15 @ 13:29pm
When you mean "trip" Mike do you mean annoying and exhausting to read because of how often he posts and comments on everything having any relation to Duran Duran, Rush, and Sade?
Posted by Brian on Saturday, 09.5.15 @ 13:34pm
I guess it's open to interpretation.
Posted by Mike on Monday, 09.7.15 @ 08:31am
Posted by Enogmaticus on Wednesday, 09.16.15 @ 06:30am
I just don't see it any time soon. Dozens and dozens of artists are more deserving. I could see it in 10-12 years though.
Posted by Alex on Wednesday, 09.16.15 @ 09:04am
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 09.19.15 @ 16:24pm
Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 10.1.15 @ 12:16pm
I really wonder what's going on in Sade's world.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 11.14.15 @ 11:43am
First of all, I would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Helen Folasade Adu. Thank you for more than 3 decades of excellent music. Hopefully, your band will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame next year!
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 01.16.16 @ 14:27pm
Happy Birthday! She's beautiful. It's a firm No on the Hall, though.
Posted by Sarah Sarah on Saturday, 01.16.16 @ 17:23pm
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 06.4.16 @ 07:26am
I will certainly not deny that I am a huge advocate for Sade's induction.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 08.27.16 @ 11:41am
I will certainly not deny that I am a huge advocate for Sade's induction.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 09.1.16 @ 02:59am
That's quite a scientific poll you've run, enigmaticus.
Posted by Ryan on Thursday, 09.1.16 @ 05:41am
So what is it about Sade that not only appeals to the classic rhythm and blues crowd, the Jazz aficionados and of course, to the prog aficionados? Well, Sade not only employs the structure of "progressive rock," but also the smoothness of jazz and the depth of soul. Combining these three elements together would require adding "art," or "progressive" to the genre that Sade belongs to. So, why not call Sade, "progressive soul?"
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 09.4.16 @ 10:07am
So what is it about Sade that not only appeals to the classic rhythm and blues crowd, but also to Jazz aficionados and of course, to the prog aficionados? Well, Sade not only employs the structure of "progressive rock," but also the smoothness of jazz and the depth of soul. Combining these three elements together would require adding "art," or "progressive" to the genre that Sade belongs to. So, why not call Sade, "progressive soul?"
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 09.4.16 @ 10:21am
So what is it about Sade that not only appeals to the classic rhythm and blues crowd, the Jazz aficionados and of course, to the prog aficionados? Well, Sade not only employs the structure and virtuosity of "progressive rock," but also the smoothness and sophistication of jazz and the emotional depth of soul. Combining these three elements together would require adding "art," or "progressive" to the genre that Sade belongs to. So, why not call Sade and the genre that their music belongs to : "progressive soul?"
Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 09.8.16 @ 22:53pm
If there are any artists, other than perhaps: Yes, The Moody Blues, Electric Light Orchestra and Duran Duran who I have been actively touting for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, during the past several years, Sade certainly fills the bill. Sade is 21st on my list of favorite "prog" artists and my 24th favorite artist, overall. In my honest opinion, only Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks (as a solo artist) and Sting (as a solo artist) rank slightly higher.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 10.20.16 @ 12:36pm
It has been a while since I had written about Sade; that situation will change in the not too distant future.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 11.3.16 @ 01:23am
Out of the 78 comments made on this page about Sade, I have written approximately 46 of them. I think that shows just how supportive I am of an induction for Sade.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 01.2.17 @ 12:27pm
So Sade, if you're out there reading all this... he also enjoys long walks on the beach.
Posted by Philip on Monday, 01.2.17 @ 12:45pm
Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 01.2.17 @ 12:53pm
Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 01.2.17 @ 12:54pm
My most sincere apologies to everyone,I have been extremely busy at work this week. Nonetheless, I have created a major faux pas which must be corrected:
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 01.21.17 @ 10:57am
My most sincere apologies to everyone, for I have been extremely busy at work this week. Nonetheless, I have created a major faux pas which definitely must be corrected:
Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 01.21.17 @ 11:00am
I was listening to "Soldier Of Love" yesterday while driving from Tucson to an eastern suburb of Phoenix yesterday. Although I like much of the album, the one song which I am not particularly fond of is 'Babyfather.' In my honest opinion, this song is far too repetitive and the lyrics are not particularly brilliant. E
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 01.29.17 @ 02:31am
Other than 'Babyfather,' which I had found to be rather annoying, I think that the remainder of the songs on "Soldier Of Love" are really quite good. If I had to provide an initial rating on "Soldier Of Love," I would give it (****).
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 01.29.17 @ 11:50am
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