While movie critics aren’t sure what to make of new release “A Wrinkle in Time,” music critics are gently pleased with Sade’s song for that movie, “Flower of the Universe.” It’s the band’s first new release in eight years, since “Soldier of Love,” the 2010 album.
The song is “all it needs to be: a new Sade song,” Spin opined.
Rolling Stone cites a “scratchy beat, elegant, melancholy guitar and singer Sade Adu’s polished, imposing vocals.”
The film director, Ava DuVernay, announced on Twitter that Sade would contribute a song. “I never thought she’d say yes, but asked anyway. She was kind and giving. A Goddess.”
Sade is both the name of the group and its singer, Sade Adu. The band made its name in the 1980s, selling more than 50 million albums since.
Adu, born in Ibadan, Nigeria in 1957, has been mostly out of the recording picture for nearly 20 years while raising a child. “Diamond Life,” a 1984 release, became widely popular in both soul and pop circles, along with the single “Smooth Operator.”
“Soldier of Love,” the 2010 release album, “sucked the grooves out of their sound in favor of a stillness that conveyed both the vulnerability and strength inherent in isolation,” Spin said.
The movie, a live-action adaptation by Walt Disney Pictures, stars Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Mindy Kaling and Chris Pine, is based on the 1962 science fiction novel by Madeleine L’Engle.
Other music in the soundtrack is by DJ Khaled and Demi Lovato, among others.
“Flower of the Universe” is a quiet song about a mother’s love, and is backed by acoustic guitar. A B-side adaptation by No I.D. includes a drum track.