A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this music.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this popular album is mostly fine for older kids, although most won't be interested. The main concern is a song called "Bring Me Home," which is a little depressing and discusses nobly ending one's existence. Although suicide is not directly implied, there are references to "a sword against my heart" and letting the tide take the narrator away. Also, "Babyfather" is a sentimental but not graphic song about paternity. Most of the other songs portray a strong-hearted woman who doesn't let a little heartbreak bring her down. And despite Sade's sensual voice, there's very little sexy talk here.
What's the story?
Most artists that are away from the music scene don't generally make their return debut atop the album charts. But that's just what Sade has done with SOLDIER OF LOVE. Keeping with her trademark sound, the British/Nigerian soul singer tackles love and relationships with a newfound aggressiveness. Here drums that sound straight out of a marching army and themes of war, safe places, and warriors give this album a kick-butt attitude.
Is it any good?
Sade has always been a flawless singer, a smooth vocalist who never stooped to the level of high-pitch tricks to get her sensuous point across. But with this new album, the soul singer makes the leap from legendary lounge singer to mythic force. These are epic songs, not just love ballads, and like a classic Greek myth they rise to iconic status at the same time they languish in the reality of human nature. Check out "Babyfather," which breaks out of the "soldier" theme with a sentimental song about paternity, and "The Moon and the Sky" for an enchanting musical voyage. Most teens may not be interested, but those who give it a chance will find lots to enjoy.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about depression and positive ways to react to bad situations. Sade sings about giving up on life on one track. Do you ever feel hopeless about your life? Who should you talk to when you're feeling sad? Has there ever been a situation that has made you feel overwhelmed and depressed? What can you do to avoid negative situations online?
Talk about celebrities in the spotlight. Sade has surprisingly avoided media attention and is known for her private nature. How does this differ from other celebrities? Why do you think some celebrities court the media and others try to be more private?
Talk about music that is topping the download charts. Why do you think some albums become so popular? Did you expect Sade's album to be as popular as it is? Why do you think so many people have downloaded the album? When an album is very popular, do you become more interested in it?
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