In 1982, the English band Sade formed. This band combined elements of soul, quiet storm, smooth jazz and sophisticated pop music. The band arose from the Latin soul band Pride. The original members consisted of Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman, Paul Denman and Paul Anthony Cook
Their second album, Promise, was named after Sade’s father regarding the promise of cure for cancer. It was released on November 4, 1985 by Epic Records. Three hit singles were released from this album including The Sweetest Taboo. The album was a nice follow up to the critical and commercial success of Smooth Operator
Although some critics try to make the case for a limited vocal range for Sade, I recall first listening to her and now as I listen again, I am hard pressed to see why someone might believe that. Her silky smooth vocals exude an earthy creaminess that exude a laidback sensuality that fits the shimmering melodies of these tunes exceedingly well. Perfect for a candlelight dinner or romantic interlude, maybe it is the romantics in us but Aloha Promises Forever is giving this album a nine out of 10 for giving the exact effect the music is intended for.
Promise by Sade may be listened to here: