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Sade Review - Sydney Entertainment Centre 9.12.11

There is a good chance that if you were born in the 80s you were conceived to a Sade song. A notorious recluse Sade (both the singer and the band are named so) is seemingly not one to feel the pressure to make music for monetary gain, fame or even the fans, releasing only one album a decade for the past thirty years. Yet that has done nothing to quell popularity of the band in the lead up to the Soldier Of Love world tour, the first in ten years.

Sade

Held at Sydney’s Entertainment Centre Sade emerged on a raised platform from beneath the stage clad in black, hair pulled back from an achingly beautiful face that barely shows her 52 years. Breaking into the pounding rhythm of new release ‘Soldier Of Love’, the Nigerian-born Brit’s voice is lustrous and husky and shows off a range broader then that suggested on her albums. With the initial opening over she took time out to thank the audience for keeping the flame alive, “You could have forgotten us but you didn’t, and we’re grateful” she murmured before serenading the crowd with ‘Your Love Is King’.

Sade herself seemed slightly stiff for the initial half of the show with her vocals not coming through clearly during the first two songs, yet after the band exited for a costume change she returned relaxed, confidant and sultry in a performance of ‘Is It A Crime’ that earned her a standing ovation from the crowd. From there on hits like ‘Smooth Operator’ and ‘Jezabel’ showed off the enigmatic singer’s voice, one the person seated next to me likened to “sexual chocolate”.

The show itself may have come straight out of the 80s with a pallet of red, black and white and effects consisting of graphics of storm clouds and branches projected throughout the show. Perched atop strappy stilettos Sade and two back up singers performed choreographed routines that could have been taken straight from the bands  first video clips as curtains dropped from the ceiling intermittently to be sucked back up into cannons as the band was alternately raised and lowered on platforms. Slightly jarring at first in the end it gave the feel of having stepped back in time to when the band was at its peak.

You couldn’t walk away from the show without mentioning saxophone and guitar player Stuart Matthewman’s epic performance, his sax solos stealing the show during ‘Your Love Is King’ and ‘Jezabel’, counterbalancing the somewhat dragging pace of some songs from the new album, 2011’s Soldier of Love.

As the show drew closer to the finale Sade became more relaxed, performing the last few songs barefoot in a sequined white gown, her hair loose about her shoulders as she danced about the stage. Finishing off the near 90 minute performance with ballads ‘No Ordinary Love’ and ‘By Your Side’ white confetti drifted lazily to the stage, even gravity seeming to slow down as the final notes faded.

Renuka Nicail - AAA Backstage

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