Soldier of Love

Common Sense Media says

Smooth as silk, strong as steel, but best for older kids.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Strength amidst struggle is a major theme of the album, from the militaristic title track to "The Safest Place," with lines such as "your love's in a sacred place, my heart has been a lonely warrior who has been in war before so you can be sure, in my love your heart has found, the safest hiding place."

Positive role models

Sade presents a strong role model as a woman who has courage and determination. She doesn't let guys push her around or victimize her. In fact, she portrays herself as a warrior who fights for things she loves. On "Bring Me Home," however, this resolve weakens and the narrator contemplates letting go of everything. "The ground is full of broken stones, the last leaf has fallen, I've nowhere to turn now...turn my sword against my heart, let the tide take me I won't fight."

Violence

A song called "Bring Me Home" 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.

Sex

Most of the album is comprised of songs about love. "Babyfather" is a "how I met your mother" style track that discusses the conception of a child: "He had the whole street set ablaze...the baby gonna have your smile for sure, so love grew, a flower, a flower that is you."

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.

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Kids say

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?

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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.

Families can talk 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?

Music details

Artist:Sade
Release date:February 12, 2010
Label:Sony Music
Genre:Adult Contemporary
Parental advisory:No
Edited version available:No

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Adult Written byShovia March 11, 2010
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17
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Perfect for all.

I think it is excellent. We all should be a soldier for love in this day and age. There is so much anger and stress in the world and everyone is lashing out. Love is what we need. I know I am a soldier of love. I would never let a bad relationship stunt my growth of love.
What other families should know
Great messages
Teen, 14 years old Written bylovealloverme1234 March 30, 2011
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17
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love it
What other families should know
Great role models
Kid, 12 years old March 27, 2010
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10
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Perfect song

The song is perfect for any age
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models

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