i worship sade, there is really nothing negative to be said about her until love deluxe. if you have ever lost yourself in the city lights, you know sade. if you have ever touched a woman, you know sade. if you have ever dreamt of a turquoise sea you know sade. you know sade, craner, and she knows you. you need to listen to stronger than pride.
she also had a genteel charm that i thought was rare for a performing artist, the opposite of this aggressive madonna-type femininity. if you see her expression in smooth operator it is a kind of shyness or reservation, really conservative in a way. the music is probably not very good but it was always more about mood or ambience than proper music, that was the point.