SLEEVE: VG+ MEDIA: VG+ YEAR: 1985 ORIGIN: Yugoslavia EXTRAS: Gatefold
'Diamond Life' is the debut studio album by English artist Sade. It was first released in the United Kingdom on 16 July 1984 by Epic Records and in the United States on 27 February 1985 by Portrait Records.
Recording for the album began in 1983 at The Power Plant in London and took a total of six weeks to complete. The album's content was written by the group Sade whilst the production was handled by Robin Millar. A total of fifteen songs were recorded for the album with the use of live instruments that used sonically experimental material. The album contained a variety of musical elements including soul, jazz and sophisti-pop, with lyrics revolving mainly around themes of love and relationships.
Upon release, 'Diamond Life' was met with acclaim from music critics and went on to win the Brit Award for Best British Album in 1985. Commercially the album was a success charting highly in the UK and US, and was later certified multi platinum in both regions.
The album spawned four singles including the hit singles "Your Love Is King" and "Smooth Operator".