Diamond Life (studio album) by Sade

Diamond Life by Sade
Year: 1984
Overall rank: 860th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
79/100 (from 300 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1984 (17th)
Award Top albums of the 1980s (130th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (860th)

Sade bestography

Diamond Life is ranked as the best album by Sade.

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  Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 81 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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79/100 (from 300 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 79.0/100, a mean average of 77.9/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 79.2/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.0.

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From 07/20/2022 03:26
An influential R&B classic, Sade burst onto the scene with this sleek debut, mixing glossy 80s production with soulful songwriting. Songwriting duo Sade Adu and Stuart Matthewman (singer and guitarist/saxophonist for the band, respectively) offer everything from smooth jazz-inflected pop ('Your Love is King', 'Frankie's First Affair', 'Sally') to funk ('Cherry Pie', 'Hang On To Your Love', 'Why Can't We Live Together'). Every track feels like a classic or near it. Breakout single 'Smooth Operator' is often considered their signature song, and for good reason. This record is ripe with bright keyboards, colorful saxophone solos, and slinky (but FAT) basslines.

Essential tracks: Smooth Operator, Your Love Is King, Hang On To Your Love, When Am I Going to Make a Living

Underrated gems: Frankie's First Affair, Cherry Pie
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90/100
From 01/30/2022 17:00
A groundbreaking album in the smooth soul genre. I love it.
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From 01/03/2022 18:15
smooth pop songs by a superior vocalist
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From 03/18/2021 22:08
Muito sofisticado, vale cada ouvida!
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From 12/05/2020 03:40
It's like my 15YO said in response to Hang On to Your Love, "This song's a vibe." Smart kid.
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From 10/31/2019 07:56
The velvet and very sexy voice
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From 02/15/2018 01:22
A voice like honey. Very sexy music but also good listening on your own.
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85/100
From 02/04/2018 02:07
Sade's premiere is crisp and inviting abet the occasional hiccup.
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From 09/07/2016 16:39
A classic r'n'b record. Super smooth and slick, it's got some really good songs on it with the absolutely brilliant Smooth operator easily the best track. Your love is king and Sally are also quality cuts.
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Best Albums of 1984
1. Purple Rain by Prince And The Revolution
2. The Smiths by The Smiths
3. Ride The Lightning by Metallica
4. Born In The U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
5. Let It Be by The Replacements
6. Hatful Of Hollow by The Smiths
7. Double Nickels On The Dime by Minutemen
8. Stop Making Sense by Talking Heads
9. Treasure by Cocteau Twins
10. Zen Arcade by Hüsker Dü
11. Legend by Bob Marley & The Wailers
12. Powerslave by Iron Maiden
13. Ocean Rain by Echo & The Bunnymen
14. The Unforgettable Fire by U2
15. Reckoning by R.E.M.
16. 1984 by Van Halen
17. Diamond Life by Sade
18. Meat Puppets II by Meat Puppets
19. Rattlesnakes by Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
20. Arvo Pärt: Tabula Rasa by Keith Jarrett / Gidon Kremer; Dennis Russell Davies / Staatsorchester Stuttgart; The 12 Cellists Of The Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra; Saulius Sondeckis / Lithuanian Chamber Orchestra / Alfred Schnittke
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