Stronger Than Pride

Stronger Than Pride is the third studio album by English band Sade, released by Epic Records in the United States on 5 April 1988 and in the United Kingdom on 3 May 1988. In September 2018, Pitchfork placed the album at number 37 on its list of "The 200 Best Albums of the 1980s".[1] The album spawned five singles.

Stronger Than Pride
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Studio album by
Released5 April 1988 (1988-04-05)
Recorded1987–1988
Studio
Genre
Length47:07
LabelEpic
ProducerSade
Sade chronology
Promise
(1985)
Stronger Than Pride
(1988)
Love Deluxe
(1992)
Singles from Stronger Than Pride
  1. "Love Is Stronger Than Pride"
    Released: 2 April 1988
  2. "Paradise"
    Released: 2 July 1988
  3. "Nothing Can Come Between Us"
    Released: 5 November 1988
  4. "Turn My Back on You"
    Released: 21 November 1988
  5. "Haunt Me"
    Released: February 1989

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [2]
Los Angeles Times    [3]
Pitchfork8.2/10[4]
Rolling Stone     [5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide     [6]
The Village VoiceB−[7]

Kristine McKenna of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "The nine songs on Stronger Than Pride add up to one long plea of desire, and as the album makes its way up the charts—as it surely will—armies of love-struck men will no doubt dream of losing themselves in Sade's quiet storm of passion."[3]

AllMusic's Ron Wynn commented that "Sade demonstrated some intensity and fire on her third release. Whether that was just an attempt to change the pace a bit or a genuine new direction, she had more animation in her delivery on such songs as 'Haunt Me,' 'Give It Up,' and the hit 'Paradise.' Not that she was suddenly singing in a soulful or bluesy manner; rather, Sade's dry and introspective tone now had a little more edge, and the lyrics were ironic as well as reflective. This was her third consecutive multi-platinum album, and it matched the two-million-plus sales level of her debut."[2]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Sade Adu, except "Siempre Hay Esperanza".

No.TitleMusicLength
1."Love Is Stronger Than Pride"
4:16
2."Paradise"
4:01
3."Nothing Can Come Between Us"
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Hale
4:21
4."Haunt Me"
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
5:48
5."Turn My Back on You"
  • Adu
  • Hale
  • Matthewman
6:05
6."Keep Looking"
  • Adu
  • Hale
5:20
7."Clean Heart"
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Hale
3:59
8."Give It Up"
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Hale
3:49
9."I Never Thought I'd See the Day"
  • Adu
  • Leroy Osbourne
4:12
10."Siempre Hay Esperanza"
  • Matthewman
  • Adu
  • Osbourne
5:16
Total length:47:07

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Stronger Than Pride.[8]

SadeEdit

Additional personnelEdit

  • Leroy Osbourne – vocals
  • Martin Ditcham – drums, percussion
  • James McMillan – trumpet
  • Jake Jacas – trombone
  • Gordon Hunte – guitar (tracks 2, 8)
  • Nick Ingman – string arrangements (tracks 4, 9)
  • Gavyn Wright – solo violin (track 4)

TechnicalEdit

  • Sade – production
  • Mike Pela – engineering, co-production
  • Ben Rogan – engineering, co-production
  • Melanie West – engineering assistance
  • Vince McCartney – engineering assistance
  • Franck Segarra – engineering assistance
  • Olivier de Bosson – engineering assistance
  • Alain Lubrano – engineering assistance
  • Jean-Christophe Vareille – engineering assistance
  • Herb Powers Jr. – mastering at Frankford/Wayne Mastering Labs (New York City)

ArtworkEdit

  • Levon Parian – cover photograph
  • Toshi Yajima – inner photograph
  • Graham Smith – design

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Certifications for Stronger Than Pride
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[38] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[39] 2× Platinum 600,000*
Germany (BVMI)[40] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[41] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[42] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[43] Platinum 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[44] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[45] Platinum 300,000^
United States (RIAA)[46] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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