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Diamond Life

Sade

1984

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Diamond Life

Rating

3.24

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I had a visceral reaction to this album, like a child revoking after touching a hot stove for the first time. I was driving faster on my way to work as if I could outrun the music. It feels like robots. It feels like lies. It’s like a nice glassy wrapped package that someone left empty. It has all the heart of the incidental music of a summertime Hallmark movie. Hopefully I won’t cross paths with this album again.

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Un album très agréable à écouter. J'ai particulièrement apprécié le moment où Sade chante ♫ Shine bright like a diamond life, shine bright like a diamond life, We're beautiful like diamonds life in the sky ♫. Très sympa.

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5

Wow. Now I know why people love Sade. Absolute banger of an album.

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5

Surprised by how much i loved it.

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I wasn't expecting to be as into this album as I am. It's so smooth, funky, and jazzy. The musicianship is fantastic and Sade's vocals are phenomenal as well. The drums and bass are locked in and are doing really interesting lines and rhythms in the background. This is a marvelously produced album and is sequenced and mixed very well. In retrospect, it makes total sense that I love this album as I love funk and jazz. I was expecting something more dated I think.

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8/10

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Boring adult contemporary music. Better than I thought it was going to be, but I'm writing this 10 minutes after I finished listening, and I remember almost nothing about it. Best track: Why Can't We Live Together

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I listened to this on Friday, all I remember is r&b and not much else

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Nah, fuck this.

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If you did the lounge-y rhythms are dated you'd be half right. Bust them out now and they'd sound pretty rote, but that doesn't mean they aren't snazzy. The downer isn't the bongos, it's the description to boilerplate ratio, which (BS statistic coming up) is something like 3:7. More Sally, less Cherry Pie.

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smooth operator is a catchy tune. beats are pretty neat for 84, but grating cheesy lyrics won out. 2 minutes into frankie, i turned my stereo off from the toilet and finished shitting in silence.

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Timeless album. Not sure I will ever get tired of this one. First three songs are perfect, although I would prefer the US version of Smooth Operator to the UK version (on Spotify).

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5

a perfect picture of the eighties and a solid collection of songs

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5

Fantastic album, smooth, funky, a pining and loving masterpiece. Possibly the best album so far.

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5

perf combination of old and new soul and jazz. sade has been a huge influence to so many modern artists with a fresh take on this style of music. this album is so easy and nice to listen to. pretty romantic n smooth 💓💞💓💞💓truly iconic

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Beautiful. So much soul with such a unique and fresh take on soulful jazz vocals. Def right up my alley

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5

Podre de chique.

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Música de tono medio; voz agradable de escuchar, muy melodiosa; bien acompañada por una buena banda; vocaliza bien; no interrumpe los pensamientos. Otros: Quincy Jones; Roberta Flack; George Michael; The Isley Brothers; Barry White; Donny Hathaway; Grace Jones; George Benson; Randy Crawford

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Loved it

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Ahhh.. Good old smooth op... :)

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Fantastic

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5

Absolute banger. Sax for days.

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The Best!

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5

This was rad, I would like to put this on again.

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5

Nearly perfect

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Excellent

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5

Oh man. Silky-smooth sexy vocals over a funky, chill background? Yes, please. More, thanks.

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5

Amazing debut

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5

Bought this on vinyl when it was first released way back in 1984. Awesome album and the production is stunning.

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oh YES

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Always been a fan, a must listen.

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It was great look into the smooth jazz of the 80’s. I’d heard of Smooth Operator but I never knew the actual song.

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All time Classic

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5

A superb album. I do love Sade.

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smooth operator

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A smooth operator. Beautiful album.

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First great album, it brings back memories of listening to Sade as a kid with my parents This is real 80s music for me, amazing voice, amazing vibes amazing mix of genres 5/5

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Classic.

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5

Love. Love. Love.

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Saxy and Smooth!

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5

super cool album, I’m a sucker for 80s pop like this, Anita Baker, Madonna, Mariya Takeuchi and Miki Matsubara are some of my other favorites - 10/10

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5

Love it, jazzy pop songs. Right up my alley, would definitely listen to again.

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5

I could seriously listen to Sade all day long.

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5

Stylish, soulfully smooth, musically flawless, timeless album. I love every song on it. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Your Love Is King, Hang On to Your Love, Smooth Operator, Cherry Pie, I Will Be Your Friend, Why Can't We Live Together, When Am I Going to Make a Living, Sally, Frankie's First Affair

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Smooth as a tiger in a tuxedo

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jazzy !

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Sexy. Smooth.

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4

2/12 Great, sophisticated R&B. Standout Tracks: Smooth Operator, Frankie's First Affair

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goddamn can Sade sing, guess shes the city-pop inventor. so fuckin gud. words cannot describe, i understand the praise

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Very good but not my thing

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Excellent jazzy soul music

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4

Funky and very 80s

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Nice

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4

Perfectly smooth, excellent lounge music

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Such a beautiful voice. Great laid back background music. Will be adding this to my record collection someday.

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I mean it’s Sade!

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This one was good. Smooth Operator was one I'd heard a ton, but never knew the artist. Not a genre I get super excited about generally, but you can't deny that this music is very enjoyable.

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nice

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Like it

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Tight

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soooo good, sade is so sultry

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Not a big r&b fan but her voice and the band are awesome

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Groovy. But not my cup of tea.

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Love Smooth Operator. Great drum sounds on Hang On To Your Love

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Definitely cool and seductive soul. Still enjoyable and worth revisiting.

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got an old sound to it that's more unique. vibes

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Enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I would! Spent my morning drive grooving to this and feeling like a sexy adult.

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Enjoyed this more than I thought I would

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Awesome 80's bass "Diamond Life sold over 10 million copies worldwide ... becoming the best-selling debut album by a British female vocalist, a record that stood for 24 years"

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Astonishing that this debut album has so many solid, solid tracks. This is probably the only mainstream easy-listening jazz/pop album that I'll ever admit to liking. I was also surprised that its from 1984, I thought it was from the 90s, so that cheezy sax didn't date it too much.

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An album with one of the most ubiquitous songs of our generation and one of the most elegant & iconic performers. I was hoping the songs that I hadn't heard didn't turn out to be too sugary and they weren't. Socially conscious lyrics and beautifully understated delivery as always. The band and studio musicians provide a nice jazzy, soulful background and never get in the way. Quite a debut!

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I knew what I was getting into kinda with sade, but was very pleasantly surprised, actually liked it more than I expected :)

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You can’t really go wrong with Sade. I don’t think I’ve ever listened to anything by her that I didn’t like. May sound a bit too 80s for some (that sax!) but it’s hard not to enjoy her silky voice.

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I thought this was really good and can perfectly suit a certain mood. “Smooth Operator” is the standout but really everything in the first half was really good

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This came at a good time for me as far as this list goes. I was happy vibing on something different. +1

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So far very smooth and easy to listen to. Seems like to what one would relax on a beach at sunset. Reminds me a bit of James Bond music. Overall not bad.

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pretty good

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Wikipedia mentions "sophisti-pop" and that's a great name for this. It's a jazzy, r&b, lounge music with svelte vocals that's sometimes sultry, sometimes lamenting. like sitting in a hotel bar after being stood up for a date

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4

Smooth 80s neo-soul vibes. Pleasant!

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Good Sade album, not Love Deluxe tho

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What an album, what a woman. I grew up on Sade so this gives me so much nostalgia. Her voice is like listening to silk, I loved it!

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Una mezcla de jazz y r&b, 80s, un timbre algo grave para ser una mujer pero es lo que la hace especial <333

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Good vibes & memories of lyrics long forgotten

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First 2 tracks absolute Smooth classics. Was really ready to give this a 4 after the first 2 tracks but because its not massively my genre it dipped to a 3 in the middle and felt more like background music. Decent though, last track real good too. Good late night album. M-people defo took inspiration. 3.5 so rounded up to a 4.

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Smooth, sophisticated, but not over crowded jazzy pop music with THAT voice. Very cool, good for sunny days and relaxed evenings.

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Gorgeous music, been listening to this a lot.

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Classic R&B with a modern touch.

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- SMOOTH OPERATOR!!! MY JAM!!!! although i do like the single version better - the saxophone in your love is king makes my heart do rolly pollies - hang on your love is my new fav it's so calm yet catchy at the same time. i'm listening to it lying down in the sun and the experience is transcendental (duh i googled the spelling) - i could never get tired listening to her voice ever. that smoother than butter huskiness. yeah.

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Smooth Operator absolute banger

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Really enjoyable. Nice vibes

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nice and vibey! i get some amy winehouse vibes from it. adds: 0 highlights: frankies first afair, i will be your friend

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Now this makes me feel like a natural woman

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Excellent bass lines with crazy smooth and soulful jazz over it. Can't not groove to it, but so smooth it's always relaxing. Favorite song: Hang On To Your Love

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Best Tracks: Smooth Operator, Your Love Is King, Hang On to Your Love, Frankie's First Affair, Cherrie Pie

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Sexy

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OK didnt set my world alight at the time or now.

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It was a big joke to listen to Sade when I was a kid. Now that I’m grown, this record is excellent. Smooth vibes throughout and she is in complete control of her voice and sound throughout the record.

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Her voice paired with the soothing jazz music is so impeccable.

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Silky vocals, smoothe saxophone, great songs -I love this. This is nice relaxing music. A couple of five star tracks and above average on the balance. Easy 4 stars.

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From easy listening to soulful punches, incorporating R&B, soul, jazz, and even disco, there seems to be something for everyone... That is until I read the top reviews of this site. Not sure how anyone could hate this. It's not boring or repetitive or annoying but rather borrows from a diverse range of styles with pulling hooks to keep each track interesting. First track is a masterpiece, 2nd track is pretty good, and the rest follows.

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Very good start with smooth operator. Pleasant background listening. I was surprised when it was over, left wanting more. Good album I think

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This was a surprise knowing the first song to kick off the album. Really enjoyed this jazzy soul like album!

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Smooth. My employer uses 'Your love is king' as its hold music. Customers have complained that, having had to wait so long, they can't enjoy the song any more. One customer said hearing the song outside of the work environment induced panic attacks.

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Some of it is way too cheesy 80s but Cherry Pie is great. Groove. Gave it 4 stars just because I'm obsessed with Cherry Pie now.

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Este es un GRAN disco de pop ochentero. Por supuesto, conocía Smooth Operator, pero no conocía ninguna de las otras. El álbum tiene un "feeling" muy similar al de 'The Nightfly', y me agradó el uso de instrumentos electrónicos, que le dan una textura muy característica a la música de esta época.

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Nice enjoyable album, easy listening yet not boring or simple. Liked the saxophone and the vibe

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Great voice, great band, great production, great debut, fitting lyrics.

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Het is lekkere rustige muziek die iedereen wel aanspreekt

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4

Kind of easy listening... enjoyable but not one I would think of.

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Smooth operator, indeed

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Smooth

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Really fun, definitely needs a relisten

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God I love me some mournful saxophone and this has that in spades. Going in I was only familiar with 'Smooth Operator' but by the end of the second listen I'm not sure I'd have that in the top 3 on this record. A joy, start to finish.

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East, breezy, and smooth. I liked it!

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This is the chillest thing I've ever heard. I would've HATED this 10 years ago. Also I guess this is the original smooth operator song.

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Solid production, sets and hold a cool vibe, good musicianship, excellent use of space. Great for the genre

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Cool

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beautiful

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Where are my ski pants and shoulder pads?

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4/5. Easy listening indeed, only one snoozer or so, tasty sax ngl

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An excellent album, with some great songs on there. And I learned I had been mispronouncing the artist name all along.

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Liked it! Great voice.

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Sade's voice is absolutely amazing and I loved the 80's groove to this album, especially on Smooth Operator. I did wonder if there was any connection between the album being produced in 1984 and Orwellian predictions for 1984, but probably not.

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Very smooth and nice to listen to

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Sade has a great instrument. Classic mid-80s with sax and fretless bass.

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This was a lot better than I was expecting. This was always my go-to stereotype song to play when a bar was closing down and you wanted people to leave but I never actually listened to it. Her voice is smooth and the songs are all easy to listen to. Does the job.

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classic

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The sax had me like 🤤😍

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Delicate, exquisite, soulful, stirring, eloquent, elegant and a chock full of diamonds. No wonder why the first track was called smooth, hehe. Favorites: Smooth Operator, Your Love is King, Frankie's First Affair, When I Am Going to Make a Living, Cherry Pie.

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7/10.

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7/10 nice smooth 80s pop with a good vocal performance, kind of cheesy though and definitely got weaker in the second half

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I was not expecting this to be so good. Sade as a whole was ok, but this album was amazing.

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smooth jazz isnt my thing but maybe this one caught me on the right day. thought it was pretty cool

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Honestly great.

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Powerful voice, gets a bit nothingy at points but still good stuff

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The songs + her voice are absolutely beautiful. This is not my style of music but the merit rates it

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Just a really nice album, love her voice and the piano and the smooth pop/jazz/rnb tunes which have a style of their own.

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That’s back to back days of just vibes

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Enpä tajua, miksen oo tätä ennen jaksanu kuunnella. Varmaan avausraidan kuluneisuuden takia. Mut on kyl todella jees. Sopivan hillittyä ja ehkä vois sanoa urbaania.

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Muito bom! Outra artista para conhecer mais. Melhor música: Your love is king

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Smooth Operator en Hang on to your love waren bij mij al bekend. Rest van het album klinkt vrij hetzelfde. Goed voor diner of s'avonds. Stand out van het album is voor mij why can't we live together. Soms herhaaldelijk maar zeer goed album

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I kept picturing someone like Christian Bale in American Psycho putting this on the stereo after bringing a date home. I dug it, some great sax on here

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Wow. Pretty much everyone associates "Smooth Operator" with Sade. And thinks the one track, because that was her big crossover hit. But MAN this whole album just exudes sultry. I didn't think it was possible, but she was able to outdo the sax there all throughout the album. "Sally" really struck a chord with me, not sure why. I really liked the lyrics and how she brought those out. I had to listen to more of the band's stuff after listening to the album, which says a lot about that first album. Really enjoyed the whole first album. Close to a 5-star rating, although the "Why Can't We Live Together?" seemed kind of forced. Still, all in all a really good album.

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Nice, feel-good music. Elements of blues.

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Better than expected. Smooth Operator is a banger

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what a bass lines, I loved her

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I've heard smooth operator before, the rest was new. It all sounds about the same as that song. Doesn't exactly blow the roof off, way softer than what I usually would listen to. I guess it's good for easy listening? It's basically elevator music. It didn't make my hangover worse, so that's a plus. And if that's Sade on the cover, yowser she is hot. 2.5/5.

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Subdued bossa nova. Pleasant enough while it's on, just very... wallpaper, and all the songs are very, very similar. Favorite track: "Smooth Operator"

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Pop/jazz/rnb, afslappende, følsomt, Smooth Operator

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It's not Erik Sade.

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Beautiful voice, still not my cup of tea.

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Quite like it but not blown away. Will probably listen again.

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Har lyssnat liiite på Sade innan och tyckte det känts positivt då men nu var det ännu bättre. Gillade detta men några för tråkiga låtar för att det skulle bli en fyra.

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Enjoyed this a lot more than I thought I did.

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Pretty chill R&B album, liked it. DIdn't listen too hard but that's kind of the point. Enjoyed it, won't come back. 4/8, favorite song: Smooth Operator.

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Nice change of pace.

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SMOOOTHHH OPERATOOOOR

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Smooth Operator ist der beste Song auf der Platte, mochte ich schon immer. Ansonsten durchschnittlich, nervt mich dafür aber nie.

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Very all over the place, 4 parts that let each instrument shine Devided into the ear speakers with clear distinction where each instrument would be in the room, which can be tiresome after a while when one instrument is just having a solo If you like jazz it's probably definitely for you

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Pretty good. Decent baselines.

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Lo tuve que escuchar varias veces porque no estaba seguro si era un cuatro o un cinco, y luego lo escuché tanto que ya no sabía si era un tres o un cuatro.

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Not bad but I like more of her other work than this. Except Smooth Operator is pretty tops. Definitely would play this again though, but only during “sexy time”.

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Smooth 80s sax/synth vibes

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enjoyable album!

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Smooth Operator

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nice, but a touch too loungy for my taste : 2.5

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Nice

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Está dos trenzas pero el disco entero igual si enfada

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I liked "Sally". I like listening to Sade's music, but the album was aight.

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Just not my style :)

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good vocals - someone will like it - not for me

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R&B soft rock. meh. She has a cool unique vocal sound tho. good bass parts.

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Yesterday I worked on Penthouse coordination items. Setting details to penetration and realigning keynotes on our demo sheets. Sade was a nice group to listen to and I am always motivated by Jazz tunes. I looked up some of there videos on Youtube and they also have some captivating performances.

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This album was pretty good. I'm not a huge fan of this genre of pop but I thought the vocals were incredible (obvi) and it was super fun to listen to.

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Exceeded expectations

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Nice, simple, unoffensive. Miss Sade has a nice voice to carry away with the music, but nothing ever feels like it sticks with me for more than a few seconds after. Sometimes it picks up and gets a little funky like Cherry Pie, but for the most part I'm just sorta vibing to the tunes.

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pretty cool - love R&B - i guess this is that?

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Enjoyed this a lot. Only listened once so not completely sure of this rating, but comfortable with a strong 3 Saved: Smooth Operator

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Okay listening.

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A nice chilled listen!

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The music is very well played/sung and very well-produced. But it's slick and inoffensive to the point where there's nothing interesting about it. I can't really see this as anything else than background music.

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Enjoyed it a lot more than I expected. Nice and funky!

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3

got some good songs in the middle

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Pretty good album, solid songs.

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Decent album of smooth jazz. A few strong tracks, led by 'Smooth Operator.' Glad I listened to it, but would not put it into regular rotation.

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-Smooth Operator was nice -Hang on to your Love is catchy -I like the baseline in Cherry Pie Perfectly fine, just not my style

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I recognize that this is good music, but it's just not my bag. It's not bad ('cept for that 'why can't we live together' song, Jesus tits that's bad), I don't mind listening to it so much, but wouldn't go out of my way to do so.

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If I was scoring a movie in the 80's and there was a sex scene, I'd definitely try to license a track or two off this album. Also, Smooooooth operator.

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Fine, a bit samey and borin

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Get the cultural importance, but not my cup of tea

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I like it but nearly every song sounds the same.

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Just okay. Pretty run of the mill 80s rnb pop. Smooth operator is obviously a classic. Nothing really bad but not much really caught my attention either aside from maybe Cherry Pie. Wouldn’t turn it off if it was on, but wouldn’t be the one to put it on.

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3/5

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Diamond Life's music is silky smooth and enjoyable to the point that I was pretty frequently bummed when the songs faded out in the middle of the group's musicians picking up business. Sade's a talented vocalist, but on top of the lyrics being pretty generic love song fodder (though a few thematic diversions keep it from being as exhausting as Let Love Rule), I'm just not that into her voice on a lot of these tracks. If you threw someone like Chrissy Hynde on here, though, it'd be the sexiest shit on Earth. Key Tracks: Smooth Operator, Hang On to Your Love, When Am I Going to Make a Living

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Non offensive background music. Is this what easy listening is?

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fine

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Musical equivalent of wallpaper.

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People do be having sex

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Smooth operator un folded a mini memory tucked away in my brain. Pretty cool

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I liked the way that she told stories with her lyrics in Sally, Cherry pie, When am I going to make a living, etc. Kind of a sexual album

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Bah, normal. Agradable. Electro-R&Balternative R&Belectronica. Un 3

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Fantastic voice. But really, apart from the singles, the album was a bit samey

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Je tiens a saluer le travail effectué par Robert depuis que mon camarade d'ecoute robpeucher l'a alerté sur la baisse de qualité des albums du generateur. En effet, nous sommes gâtés ces derniers jours, même si je me doute bien que dès l'instant ou je presserai la troisième étoile, afin d'attribuer à cet album une très belle note de 3/5 (le système de notation n'ayant toujours pas changé, une étoile égalant 1/5, deux étoiles 2/5 etc etc), un nouvel album de rock completement oubliable fera son apparition.

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3 1/2

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Me gustó mucho más de lo que esperaba. Conocía Smooth Operator pero nada más de ella y la fue muy agradable escucharlo. Muy meloso pero sin llegar a cansar, puedo volver a escucharlo aunque seguramente no se volverá mi género favorito. 3.5 estrellas que bajan a 3 porque aunque agradable, tampoco me parece revolucionario ni sobresaliente. Songs: When Am I Going to Make a Living, Hang On to Your Love, Smooth Operator

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Ehjä levykokonaisuus. Ykkösraita toki loppuunsoitettu, mut kyllä sen tässä yhteydessä kuunteli ja loppulevy oli vähintäänkin miellyttävä

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Ajoittain tempaisi tunnelmaan. Ei ihan paska vaikkei soittolistoille tule nousemaan.

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I sit in the global coffeehouse, second hand smoke atop first. Frasier Crane sends me a drink. I resolve to later memorialise him as a neon statue.

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Knew of smooth operator but never knew the artist. Pretty good album. A few songs were repetitive and slow but it evened out with the first two that were substantially better. It’s a good album that’s a easy listening r&b. 6.0/10

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Very smooth indeed and enjoyable. The sac was in trend back then and it shows, but here it’s used in a nice not so much overused way

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80s, sultry, a little hard to take seriously personally

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I like it a lot more than I expected to. Sade's voice is fierce and sexy!

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Is ok

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Soul. Un megahit. Se me ha hecho bola.

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Pretty good

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I saw the cover, and thought "Ah, an artist and album I've never heard anything about, here we go" and then I saw 'Your love is King' and thought "Oh yeah I can get onboard with this". And indeed, I can very much get very onboard with this. Go Sade. Really wanted to turn it off halfway through though. Hitting it with a 3 as it's all a bit too samey for me but really enjoying the smoothness of this.

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Still amazes me that "your love is king" has more plays than "Smooth Operator" on this album on spotify. Rest of the album was okay, but I wouldn't go out of my way to listen again. 3.5/5 but rating it a 3 as I definitely don't think it's 4 material.

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I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this. I went in with no expectations and no knowledge and I found myself really digging it. Admittedly I am a sucker for brass instruments so that helps. If I could go 3.5 I would.

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Liked this! Very easy to listen to

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Slick well-crafted pop. 6/10

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Not unlike the operator in the opening track this album is impossibly smoooooth. The best tacks are the afore mentioned Smooth Operator and the closing track Why Can't We Live Together. These two tracks book end a syrupy smooth collection that is perfect dinner party music. Ultimately a little too polished to get to 4 for me. 3.5 stars

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Riktig stämningshöjare! Bra, homogent sound på hela skivan. Väldigt lounge-jazzigt och lekfullt generellt. Smooth Operator och Why Can't We Live Together var bäst. Sammantaget ett riktigt härligt bakgrundsalbum med rejäl 80-talsvibe.

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Possessed of a stunning voice, Sade sounds crystal clear and note perfect: and maybe that’s the problem. A little less polish, a little more grit and maybe these tracks would sound a more vivid; overall, then, a disappointment, notwithstanding that the opening two tracks are quality pop singles.

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6/10

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Rating: 6.5/10 Some very good funky songs on this album.

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This is probably the most dated thing I’ve heard on here. In a good way. It makes me want to meet glamorous women in hotel bars and drink cocktails. Her voice is surprisingly rough though, I assumed it would be silky smooth, but she strains when she extends her range. Oddly felt like a Karaoke version of Steely Dan.

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Leuk ni echt mijn ding, beetje flauw

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In fact, despite being a not-so-special album(for a MUST LISTEN 1001), it's an album I enjoy listening to. Probably because of my love for the saxophone sound and her voice. (6/10) FT: Smooth Operator, Your Love is King , Sally

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Relaxing

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Bueno

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Almost as smooth as me

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Enjoyed it but probably not something I would listen to again

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SMOOOOOOTH OPERATOR!!!! #CS55 Also enjoyed 'Cherry Pie' but that was pretty much it

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Cool lounge album from the 80s.

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I like many of the tracks, but it's the nostalgia thing again - my parents frequently played this album. Good tunes, but overall felt dated, 80s bossa nova lounge kinda dated.

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Very pleasant. Never heard the whole album

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When this album originally hit the airwaves I was so narrowly focused on rock, some mainstream, some not, but especially trying to avoid anything that wasn't rock on the radio. I have since expanded my musical palate and can appreciate this genre of smooth jazz that has a time and place. I always think of smooth jazz as a "pop"-gateway towards "real" jazz that introduces the masses to how potentially commercial this music can be. For me Sade was my introduction to smooth jazz and listening now I can't say I don't like it. Again, it has a time and place and if you want to create a mood of romance and serenity, Diamond Life is definitely your record. Oh, and Valentines is coming up so cue up your Sade albums. Smooth operator, indeed.

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Prefs: Smooth Operator, Frankie's First Affair, When Am I Going To Make A Living Moins pref: I Will Be Your Friend

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Smooooooooth operator

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Diamond Life by Sade (1984) With prominent bass lines and soulful jazz/pop arrangements, lead vocalist Sade Adu delivers sensuous sound layered over rhythms that are easy on the ears. Her voice is not strong enough to dominate, but it’s disciplined enough to carry melodies with confidence. Lyrically unremarkable, Sade’s themes treat of the ups and downs of love, with enough standard advice to help keep the listener on the straight and narrow. Wholesome. Comfortable. Two tracks depart from this main theme: a closing cover of Timmy Thomas’ rather bland peace exhortation “Why Can’t We Live Together” and Sade Adu’s excellent “Sally”, a moving and redemptive paean which celebrates the heroics of a woman who rescues the down and out in the ugly underbelly of New York, vicariously “doing our dirty work”, loving the lost on behalf of the rest of us. Musically, Stuart Matthewman provides funky guitar and smooth saxophone, but the bass playing by Paul Denman stands out, occasionally expanding scales and intervals enough to provide countermelodies that complement and amplify without distraction. This album is an easy listen, and it won’t start a revolution or transform your self image, but it’s suitable background for getting your stuff done. No excuses. 3/5

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Smooth Operator was a hit when I was younger. I enjoyed listening to the whole album.

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Despite my appreciation for R&B/soul/jazz, I never totally got into Sade. Giving this a spin, I kind of see the appeal, but it’s not especially for me. I can get behind bits of quiet storm, but it’s just not a sound that I can spin for a full LP. I’ll give it credit for some solid jazzy interludes and killer vocals, but I don’t think I’ll ever fully get into them. Solid C

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"Smooth Operator" is smooth indeed and the only song I know by her. Very catchy and a great voice. Not really my thing generally but enjoyable enough for sexy-time-soul. Bassline in "Hang On to Your Love" is sick.

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Wasn't in love with it on the first listen, but I liked it more on the 2nd listen. I don't really have any touchpoint for this style of music. I enjoyed it, but probably not enough to revisit. 3.5/5

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Not bad, but also not really my style of music.

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Para ser sincera, no esperaba mucho de este álbum, lo subestime mucho pero me lleve un gran sorpresa. Tiene una melodía que es simplemente buena a lo largo de todo el álbum

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While I didn’t see much excitement with this album, I thought the vocal was unique and I enjoyed listening to this as an easy listening type album.

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Mä itseasiassa oon aina tykännyt tästä levystä vaikka tässä on nää siirappiset hetkensä. Mut onhan tää niin smoooooooooooth ettei tolkkuu. Todella kasari olematta sillai ihan liian huonolla tavalla kasari. Et esim jos tää levy olis turboahdettu huonoilla syntikoilla niin tää olis tosi raskas. Okei muutan mieleni: toi Timmy Thomas cover Why cant we live togetherista on niin hirvee että alennan pisteellä. 3/5

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Smooth Operator is great, but the rest of the album doesn’t keep up.

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Wish it was more compelling. Great voice, incredible bass lines. Not a whole lot more that grabbed me.

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Well done but not for me

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smooth. sleepy

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(3/5) fue un buen álbum pero siento que ninguna canción es memorable, no hay nada que resalte ni que te haga recordarlo.

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Honestly, I can't remember hearing any other songs by Sade between this album's Smooth Operator and their 1992 album's No Ordinary Love. But reading up on them, each album in that time (4 of them) plus their next one in 2000 were at least triple platinum. Wow. Maybe their sound was too steamy hot for radio? I still do not know jazz, or soul, so this album was just okay. I listened to it over and over, but I couldn't shake that it sounded like muzak with a very talented singer to boot. Admittedly, the lyrics are pretty good - it's not sex-based drivel but really complicated musings (listen closely to Smooth Operator, Frankie's First Affair, When Am I Going to Make a Living, and Sally). Put this on my list of potential future regrets but I couldn't get past 3.5.

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Soulful music, but not my favorite genre.

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its cool i guess. I didn't really get anything from it. Just felt really easy listening.

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Hang on to your love var bra dock

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A pleasant listen but not my thing

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Not my kind of music. She‘s got a very distinctive voice. Nice background music.

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Other than Smooth Operator, I wasn't really a fan. It all sounded like Smooth Operator. I'm not sure why this is such a notable album.

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Not my cup of tea.

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Not for me but better than the Russian album

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Started off well and faded off. Your love is king is a brilliant track. She's a great voice

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It’s not bad music. But it’s boring and terrible and I would never choose to listen to it.

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smooooth... too smooth

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i remember Smooth Operator!~

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Not really my style... A little loung-y and cheesy. From a different time... I did listen to that Elvis record over the weekend and enjoyed it.

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Fairly boring elevator music that tends to get stuck in your head.

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Some nice tunes/sounds but not really what I'm into

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A couple of decent songs, not really my vibe.

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kinda boring? i liked some of the sounds and the ideas behind them but i don’t ever think it really hit for me

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Litt kjedelig

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Not really my thing but didn't completely hate it

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She's a great singer. But it seems her music could get lost really quickly. It's not something that you'd want to sit in the car until the song ended.

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Just not for me. I never really liked 90s R&B / soul. That being said, I almost lasted the whole album, so that has to count for something.

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Great Pipes, but nothing about this album stood out to me unfortunately.

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Saxy! Basically fine, but I lost interest fairly quickly.

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Blaaaaaaaand

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4, not very interesting imo

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Have you ever heard a band playing in an upmarket cocktail bar? They invariably sound like this. Not sure if that is a compliment or an insult though.

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Not a fan. It was groovy, but all the songs blurred together and they started getting annoying about halfway through the album. Felt like a cross between elevator music and something that would $1 at the thrift store.

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I was never a big Sade fan. Something about her voice makes the songs all sound a little too sappy. In hindsight, this is probably why I didn't like Everything but The Girl since their voices are similar. With Sade, it didn't help that the hits were so overplayed by the pop stations. I just don’t have time for it anymore.

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80's slick. Patrick Bateman would murder hookers to this music. Not for me. Best tracks: Smooth Operator, Frankie's First Affair, Cherry Pie

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It was okay, but didn't really grab me. 2/5

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Saved Prior: None Off Rip: Hang on to Your Love Cutting Edge: None Overall Notes: Blech. Not for me.

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Ok but not great

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Smooth jazz, nope

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smooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooth pretty inoffensive.

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A little bit boring. 6.1/10

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Overall: not bad - Immaculately produced, smooth jazz feel gets wearing after a few tracks Did I add to library? No Tracks I liked: Your love is king, Hang on to your love Tracks I didn’t like: Cherry Pie, Sally, disappointing version of Timmy Thomas song

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Not my cup of tea

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Not bad. Like a couple songs but not for me overall

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Kind of lame but good all at the same time. I enjoy the fusion of jazz and pop but the lyrics are really cheesy. Not something I’ll be coming back to. Makes decent inoffensive background music.

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54. Treze horas e um minuto, aponta num rabisco que ninguém perceberá. Três mulheres com batas muito azuis e unhas de gel atrozes vão passar a folha de mão em mão, em busca de um sinal, uma letra, um tique de escrita, qualquer coisa. Uma já lhe conhece o estilo. Mas desta vez foi demais. Na sala escura por defeito, duas luzes transformam o momento mais importante da vida da Rainha num talho. Olha para as luzes até tudo lhe parecerem tiras incandescentes. O Rei está calmo por fora. É ele com a faca, a tesoura e a pinças que separam o ventre da Rainha em dois. Beep beep beep. Do balcão, os príncipes sustêm a respiração, já nem parece natural. Para aliviar a tensão, um dos bobos diverte-os. Apanha pequenas bolotas no ar e devora-as, num precário balanço entre o fantástico e o desastre. À quinta tinha de ser. A bolota embate no canto da boca, ressalta no beiral da varanda, queda livre para o ventre, plop!, ligeiro salpico. O Rei não se intimida. A sua fluidez desliza até à ponta do bisturi. MotA: Smooth Operator "He's laughing with another girl / And playing with another heart"

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Cool sound to start the album, then it felt like Sade used that one cool sound and worked it to death, not trying anything else.

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Poorly aged pseudo-jazz for romancing yuppies. And there was I thinking "smooth jazz" was only a radio format. It's real and it's inoffensively insipid.

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its ok, background music for me

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I like her voice. Smooth Operator brings back good memories. This could have been a good R&B album if not for being over-produced; as was typical in the mid '80s. It was a great album at the time, but hasn't aged very well.

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Leyendo el artículo de Wikipedia del disco me enteré que se considera parte del género "Sofisti-pop" y creo que ya entendí que ese es el género que no me gusta. No sé qué se traían en los 80, que creían que toda la música debía sonar "sexy" y de cachondeo. Y la verdad es que podría ser que a ratos funcione, pero discos (o géneros) enteros de eso, no gracias. La voz de Sade (/ʃɑːˈdeɪ/ shah-DAY) es de hecho muy agradable aunque solo a ratos, y encima el resto de los elementos se vuelven tediosos y creo que la principal culpa es el ritmo de bossa nova y el sonido de piano eléctrico como de bar de Sanborn's.

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Obviamente nunca he sido gran conocedor de Sade, la música que le conocía tenía en memoria que se me hacía aburrida y hasta ahí llegaba mi conocimiento. El escuchar todo el disco desafortunadamente no cambió mucho mi percepción. Simplemente es un estilo que nunca va a ser algo que busque, puedo aceptar que la producción es buena y de hecho también que su voz es mucho mejor de lo que recordaba y tiene un rango y textura bastante agradables. Ese smooth jazz de musica de fondo sin peso alguno simplemente no me va. No hay más que decir, buena voz y música que no toca ni una sola fibra para mí. Me sorprendió mucho ver que la canción más popular del disco no fuera Smooth Operator... creí era su canción más famosa.

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Meh squared

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I don't mind Smooth Operator, but the rest of this album is pretty dull. Seems like a strange choice for this list

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Yeah, some of it is not too cringey.

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Hardly unpleasant, but incidental. Not certain when it needed to be listened to, sure it doesn't belong on the list. It's the one piece of Smooth Operator that's iconic, not even the whole song.

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This is probably someone's favourite album, but not mine. Sails a bit too close to easy listening. A shame, cause her voice is indeed diamond.

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From the get go, this album sounds like something I should be listening to while sitting in a dimly lit bar staring out over a city skyline. Sadly, this is an activity I engage in on a monthly basis at most, so this album isn't really for me, despite the undoubted talent Sade has. If I want background music there are better options in every genre, so I highly doubt I'll ever listen to this album again under any circumstances.

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STARTS WITH BONGOS OK HERE WE GO first album we've had so far that I've got really no context for - dunno who or what Sade is ah, so it's some smooooth R&B the most-listened track on spotify is Your Love Is King, with like 100m more listens than the rest in the album, but it leaves me pretty cold. I much prefer the tracks before and after. overall though doesn't really do much for me

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Takiej odmiany bylo mi trzeba po ostatnich wyjcach, diamond life to debiutancki album brytyjskiej bandy sade z 83, zespol bierze swoja nazwe od nazwiska wokalistki Sade Adu, ktora pochodzi z kolonialnej nigerii, gatunkowo banda gra dosyc jazzowo, ale jest to ten popularny jazz, ktory dobrze i latwo sie slucha i mozna go zarowno puscic w radiu jako wolniejszy kawalek, czy tez w windzie, discog fajnym gatunkiem okresla te plyte, jako smooth soul, co ma sens biorac pod uwage tematyke jaka porusza krazek, czyli oczywiscie zycie milosne i jego wzloty, upadki i roznorakie niuanse, ciekawa rzecza jest, ze sporo referencji z tego materialu mozna znalezc, zarowno w formie sampli jak i liryki na murzynskich kawalkach, chocby u big daddy kane czy rakima, wiec jak na popowy, albo raczej sophisti-popowy album to jego material zyje swoim zyciem po zyciu, ale jednak muzycznie jest on nudny, trio przygrywajace pani Sade, to saksa, klawisze i bas, ale wystepuja takze muzycy sesyjni, wiec instrumentowy count jest troche wyzszy, nie zmienia to jednak faktu, ze jest nudno od strony instrumentalnej, lirycznie takze jest bardzo jednowymiarowo, jedynym trakiem ktory lamie konwencje milosna jest sally, kawalek traktuje o salvation army, wiec moze nie az tak bardzo lamie, ale z pewnoscia skupia sie na mniej romantycznym gatunku milosci do blizniego, ciekawy jest takze zamykajacy trak why cant we live together, ktory ma zdecydowanie inny vibe w porownaniu do reszty albumu, czuje ze moze miec to zwiazek z tym, ze jest to cover a nie orginalny kontent pani Sade, a na plejke leci openingowy smooth operator

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Smooth operator was very catchy. Her voice is really nice. The sax went hard Your love is king is not the best but the sax carried again Hang on to your love was the best song on the album and sally was the worst song

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Short album

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meh

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Sade one of those smokey, lounge-singer voices - and the hook in Smooth Operator is classic - but I can't really get into this (despite its heavy leaning on the bass guitar). I'm sure it's popular in elevators, department store playlists, and candle-lit motel rooms - but it ain't for me.

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When I was a teenager I worked a Ric's Food Center in Mt. Pleasant. Aside from bagging groceries and making sure my cash drawer balanced at the end of the night, I spent a lot of time trying to be cool (not be lame) in front of all the college students I worked with. It was a real point of pride when "Smooth Operator" would come on the Muzak and my coworkers would refer to it as my them song. As far as I know, they weren't being tongue-and-cheek. As far as I know. And that wouldn't be a smooth move, so I'm sure I was interpreting this correctly. When I was 17 I went on a legit date with my 21 year old coworker. That didn't seem weird or illegal to me at the time. Not sure it was illegal. But it was weird. And I was definitely not a smooth operator on that date. Ok, that's enough cringing for me this morning... Getting past that song on this record, it feels like a list of 8 potential b-sides. All are equally smooth, pretty, proficient, and well-crafted. But they lack the hook of Smooth Operator. Music like this makes me think "why not just listen to Joni Mitchell's far-superior mid-late 70s albums?" I'm not sure I have an answer to that question.

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Very eighties! Smooth operator- I always thought it was someone who connected telephone lines…

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Very 80s sounding, which is not really my thing at all. One recognized song

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bland generic smooth jazz. feel like I spent the last 45 minutes in an elevator

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Boring album. I semi-enjoy Smooth Operator, but the rest of the album pretty much put me to sleep. 2/5

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that one song

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Yawn with a layer of cheese

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Not for me

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Baby-makin' music. Smooth saxophone, Sade singing some smooth jazzy R&B. Pretty much everyone should know Smooth Operator, and the rest of the album is the same style so you know what you're getting into. Not really my thing but it was ok.

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🎶straight outta the 80s🎶 I was immediately at an 80s dinner party with nouvelle cuisine and black dinner plates. Didn’t like this album then, don’t like it now!

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nao gostei,,,

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2.5

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Remember how pretentious-ass couldn't get past the saxophones to appreciate Tina's voice? I feel the same about Sade. I can't appreciate the voice and the general groove because all I hear is the sax.

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Take soul, jazz, and pop and put it in a blender and what do you get? Yes, you get Sade, but more importantly you get "sophisti-pop." "The term has been applied retrospectively to music that emerged during the mid-1980s in the UK which incorporated elements of new wave, jazz, soul, and pop. Music so classified often made extensive use of electronic keyboards, synthesizers and polished arrangements." It's a bit of a silly name for a genre, but regardless of the name it's not really a genre for me. A lot of sax and smoothness, but not what I'm looking for.

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Mostly boring

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She had a nice voice but the music just wasn't that interesting. Not bad but not great either

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This album ultimately just didn't impress me. The vocals weren't very strong, the lyrics were kinda boring and the music faded into the background as "muzak" or cocktail lounge-y

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Kahden avausraidan lisäksi mikään ei kyllä herättänyt juurikaan tunteita. Ehkä ei vaan oo mun genre. 2/5

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Melkoset saksofonirevittelyt. Mutta muuten oli kyllä aika juustoista kasaria. Smooth lauluääni pelastaa aika paljon, mutta kyllä tää silti tippuu mun mielestä huonon kasarin puolelle. Ei tarpeeks överi, mutta ei myöskään tarpeeks tyylikäs.

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ok.

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Mostly forgettable soft jazz

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Kind of smooth jazzy. Smooth operator.

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Kinda soulful, but TOTALLY cheesy.

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1984. Key Songs: Smooth Operator

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Not good

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I'm still too seething about Brexit from yesterday, but here goes. If this is one of the top 1001 albums of all time, then I voted remain. A complete waste of time and money - not Brexit, this album.

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Very much not for me

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Really not my thing at all. Feels very corporate and slick.

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I knew Smooth Operator and Your Love is King. Both inoffensive enough, if a little standard and overlong. By the third track, I'm worried that the whole album is going to be this sort of coffee table jazz inflected background music. There are occasional suggestions that there are good bits to come. A Chic sounding guitar here, some interesting percussion there. It never gets beyond the blandness. A whole album of filler - there may be some good lyrics but that's it. The cover of Why Can't We Live Together wakes me up a bit... And then I realise it's because of Hotline Bling. Bleh.

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Ughhhhh

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Never been my thing.

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Like being stuck in a hotel lobby in the 1980s.

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I tried to ignore my preconceptions about this album. Turns out they were right, utter shite.

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If you like the sound of Casio keyboard and drum sounds together with alto saxophone solos and a smooth vocal then this album is for you. I've seen this described as sounding like elevator music and that's probably about right. It amazes me people actually bought this (I'm pretty sure my sister had this in her cd collection). Why, is beyond me. I guess smash hits or just 17 gave it a rave review? And I suppose the cover is quite cool in an art noir kind of way. Um, yeah, not really my bag. Is that 1000 words yet?

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I feel an uncontrollable, visceral revulsion for almost every element of this. It's canned, bland, and impossible to stand. I can't discern any semblance of genuine human emotion from it. The sounds are flat and textureless, the songs plod along interminably, and the lyrics seem like they were written by a concussed android. Whether they're celebrating promiscuity and duplicitousness, as in 'Smooth Operator', or criticising it in 'Frankie's First Affair', (it's genuinely hard to tell), they are abject with an almost impressive uniformity.

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