Smooth.  Sexy.  Soldier.  Sade is a true artist.  Her sound is original.  She makes the music that she wants (and we need), and in her own time.  That also means that the rest of us have to wait, not so patiently, for her artistic process.  On her latest offering, Soldier of Love, we waited almost a decade.

Was it worth the wait?  I heard the title song a few months ago, and it is another instant classic.  She has a way of bringing something new to the table, while staying true to her signature sound.

Her lyrics draw straight from the heart, and penetrate with a well textured voice that doesn’t quit.  Long Hard Road and In Another Time are sure to be permanent fixtures in a few of my playlists.

Sade is not all over MTV, or the subject of scandal.  Her music is not used on Target commercials, nor is she in any men’s magazine.  She is just simply an incredible balladeer that has given us consistently good music, and for that, I say thank you Sade.


Richard has been in the Essential Style for Men mix since its inception in 2009. When he isn’t busy serving as the ESM’s Director of Fashion & Style, you may find him on the beach playing volleyball, or working hard in Thailand shooting with a beautiful Brazilian supermodel.