After nearly a decade in the wilderness, Sade is starting to show up on the radar once more like a celestial body making a rare, return visit to the Earth's orbit.
"Soldier Of Love", the title track from Sade's forthcoming album, is scheduled as the first single to be lifted from it. In fact, you can listen to it on Sade's official website.
The artwork is very simple and understated, but it's a stunner. Does she ever age? She looks as regal and elegant as the day she first graced our MTV riddled television screens back in 1984.
But what about the song? I can confirm that the song is not a cover of Donny Osmond's hit from 1989 which reached #2 in the US and the dizzying heights of #29 in the UK. You can breathe a sigh of relief.
The song doesn't sound like anything Sade has released previously. Sparse and rhythmic with a chunky, metal guitar flicking its tongue about, it's a muscular, six minute number set to a martial beat over a hip-hop underpinning. Light touches of a somewhat middle eastern figure is repeated from the middle of the song through to the end.
I couldn't help notice that Sade sings in a deeper, richer tone, especially toward the front end of the song. Her more familiar voice soon appears and instantly captivates. Hearing her reference "Wild Wild West" by Kool Moe Dee (also used featured heavily in Will Smith's single of the same name) in the opening lyrics certainly took me by surprise.
"Soldier Of Love", Sade's sixth longplayer, will hit the "shops" on February 8, 2010.