Thursday, September 27, 2018

"The Sweetest Taboo" by Sade

Top 10 Alert!
Song#:  2540
Date:  11/23/1985
Debut:  90
Peak:  5
Weeks:  22
Genre:  R&B, Sophisti-Pop, Adult Contemporary, Quiet Storm

Pop Bits:  This band made a sleek, groovy splash with the #5 "Smooth Operator," a track from their debut album Diamond Life. The hit would help them win a Grammy for Best New Artist. Now faced with the task of following-up their multi-platinum first effort, the band went back to the studio to record their second set titled Promise. This first single was issued out and it initially got off to a slow start. But the song started to gain momentum and soon it would reach #1 at AC and #3 R&B. At Pop it would become their second single to reach the #5 spot. With the song doing doing well, it sparked sales of the album and it would be their first to hit #1. Like their debut, Promise would also eventually sell over 4-million copies in the US.

ReduxReview:  Oh man, this is a delicious groove. It's smooth and sexy with Sade's breathy, yearning vocals leading the way. This song is basically just one long jam that doesn't change much, but you hardly notice it due to the excellent arrangement that keeps things moving and interesting. This is prime quiet storm material (which even the lyrics state) and it is even bookended by rain effects. This is a song you just melt into and let your mind drift off to a warm, tropical paradise where the evening is bringing in a soothing storm.

ReduxRating:  9/10

Trivia:  Around this time, band leader Sade Adu got cast in her first film. She got a co-starring role in the Julian Temple-directed musical film Absolute Beginners. The film starred a few other musicians including David Bowie, Ray Davies, and Patsy Kensit. Kensit started out acting, but then fronted the UK band Eighth Wonder beginning in 1983. The movie would go on to be a bit of a box office bomb, but the soundtrack did much better reaching #62 thanks to Bowie's #9 Rock/#53 Pop title track. As for Sade, besides videos for her music she never acted in another film.


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