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© Portrait Records
Year of Release: 1985
Is It A Crime
The Sweetest Taboo
War Of The Hearts
You're Not The Man
Never As Good As
The First Time
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Smooth Jazz is one of those genres that WSVNRadio doesn't have enough of.
(Another genre is Christian Music.) Of the smooth jazz music we do have, it
has been very easy to mention how entertaining, relaxing, and great music to
listen to. Sade's 1985 release, Promise is a fantastic, relaxing album
to listen to. This album reached #1 on the Billboard Albums Chart in 1985 for
two weeks. "The Sweetest Taboo" was the biggest hit off this album, yet
other songs could easily been radio favorites.
"Is It A Crime" opens up the album, and it is a beautiful piece of
Smooth Jazz at its finest. "War Of The Hearts" is one of those songs
nicely played in the background during those romantic times. The next two
songs are also great mood setters: "You're Not The Man," and
"Jezebel." Medium-tempo as in "The Sweetest Taboo" has the
musical setting for the next track, "Mr. Wrong."
The instrumental "Punch Drunk" features great saxophone playing,
and listening to how great the sax is interpreted in smooth jazz songs, makes
me want to look into David Sanborn's music. "Never Good As The First
Time" has a more upbeat feel, as if on a warm beach in the Jamaica sun.
"Fear" has a bit moody sound, as the song title states. "Tar
Baby" is another good mood setter, and the same can be said for the
album's closing song, "Maureen."
Promise is a great album for the romantic setting. Smooth Jazz fans
will truly enjoy the atmosphere Sade provides. It's no Promise, this
album is definitely worth listening to.
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