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Album Review: Sade – Bring Me Home: Live 2011

By  July 6, 2012

Sade can be considered one of the reigning music legends, with a career spanning over three decades. Her Soldier of Love album was a major success – in it first week, the album hit gold in the United States. However, despite her usual practice of taking decade-long stretches between new album releases, Sade has decided to surprise everyone when she announced that she will be releasing a live DVD/CD Bring Me Home – Live 2011, which chronicles the mega-successful Sade Live tour.

The Bring Me Home: Live 2011 audio album has 13 songs, spanning across her entire discography. The cd opens with Soldier of Love. The distinctive military drums in the introduction of the song provides a nice build-up. The cheers of the audience was audible and that is perfectly understandable, especially when Sade started singing.

One of my favourite points when watching a concert is that moment of anticipation from the audience before the music act starts singing, and this anticipation was tremendously obvious in Soldier of Love, making me feel like I am part of the audience watching Sade perform.

Another track off the live album which I thoroughly enjoyed was Kiss of Life. The song is the third single from Sade’s fourth studio album, Love Deluxe, released in 1992. This track is a perfect example of how old is indeed gold. The bass line for the song makes it a tremendously groovy song. If you have heard the studio version of the song before and already love it, then you HAVE to listen to the live version.

Love Is Found is definitely my favourite off this entire live album. The introduction to the song is reminiscent to those classic TCM Turner movies, and the moment the song breaks into a mid-tempo electronic number – that was perfect. Most of the time, I dislike it when live performers use too much vocal effects while performing, but the added effects to Sade’s vocals in this song made it ten times better. It may be blasphemous to say this, but the song gives off the vibes very similar to Beyonce’s Naughty Girl, except that it has a lot more dimension and intensity to it. The roaring cheer from the crowd when the song ended truly says it all.

I wish more of her classics were included in the live album, but considering that the tour is in support of her Soldier of Love album, its only expected that she performs more of her latest songs. In general, the best part of the album is that there are no over the top playing or singing here. Its a nice balance of great vocals and fantastic musicality. Sade is not someone whom I would listen to on a daily basis, considering that her debut was way before I was even born, but this live album is definitely a nice change from the current Top 40 music that I am exposed to every day.


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