Lovers Rock (album)

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Lovers Rock
Studio album by Sade
Released 13 November 2000 (2000-11-13)
Recorded September 1999 – August 2000;
Genre
Length 44:10
Label Epic
Producer
Sade chronology
The Best of Sade
(1994)
Lovers Rock
(2000)
Lovers Live
(2002)
Singles from Lovers Rock
  1. "By Your Side"
    Released: 13 October 2000 (2000-10-13)
  2. "King of Sorrow"
    Released: 12 March 2001 (2001-03-12)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 78/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (neither)[3]
Entertainment Weekly B[4]
Mixmag 5/5 headphones[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 3.5/5 stars[7]
Spin 8/10[8]
Vibe 4/5 stars[9]
Yahoo! Music UK 8/10 stars[10]

Lovers Rock is the fifth studio album by English band Sade, released on 13 November 2000 by Epic Records. The album reached number eighteen on the UK Albums Chart and number three on the US Billboard 200. It has since been certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),[11] having sold 3.9 million copies in the United States by February 2010.[12] On 27 February 2002, the album earned Sade the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album.[13]

According to the booklet, the track "The Sweetest Gift" is dedicated to the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity caring for children who have a life-threatening or terminal illness and their families, both in their own homes and at the Trust's two UK family respite centres.[14]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman, Andrew Hale and Paul S. Denman, except where noted. 

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "By Your Side"     4:34
2. "Flow"     4:34
3. "King of Sorrow"     4:53
4. "Somebody Already Broke My Heart"     5:01
5. "All About Our Love"     2:40
6. "Slave Song"     4:12
7. "The Sweetest Gift"     2:18
8. "Every Word"     4:04
9. "Immigrant"  
  • Adu
  • Janusz Podrazik
3:48
10. "Lovers Rock"     4:13
11. "It's Only Love That Gets You Through"  
  • Adu
  • Podrazik
3:53
Total length:
44:10

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Lovers Rock.[14]

Sade
  • Sade – arrangement, production
  • Sade Adu – vocals
  • Andrew Hale – keyboards, programming
  • Stuart Matthewman – guitar, programming, woodwinds
  • Paul S. Denman – bass
Additional personnel
  • Karl Van Den Bossche – percussion
  • Melissa Caplan – Sade inside photograph
  • Tom Coyne – mastering
  • Andy 'Nipper' Davies – assistant engineering
  • Nick Ingman – string arrangements ("King of Sorrow")
  • Intro – design
  • Sophie Muller – cover photography
  • Andy Nice – cello ("Every Word")
  • Leroy Osbourne – vocals
  • Mike Pela – co-production, recording
  • Janusz Podrazik – keyboards ("Immigrant", "It's Only Love That Gets You Through")
  • Albert Watson – cover photography, all other photographs

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[54] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[55] Gold  
Brazil (ABPD)[56] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[57] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[58] Gold 25,000^
Germany (BVMI)[59] Platinum 300,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[60] Gold 40,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[61] Gold 7,500^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[62] Gold 25,000*
Poland (ZPAV)[63] Platinum 100,000*
Sweden (GLF)[64] Platinum 80,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[65] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[66] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] 3× Platinum 3,900,000[12]
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[67] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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