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Sade - Is It A Crime? (1986)

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"Is It a Crime?" is a song by English band Sade from their second studio album, Promise (1985). It was released in 1986 as ...

"Is It a Crime?" is a song by English band Sade from their second studio album, Promise (1985). It was released in 1986 as the album's second single. The song was written by Sade Adu, Stuart Matthewman and Andrew Hale.

Reception

Tanya Rena Jefferson of AXS stated, "'Is It a Crime' is a smooth jazz filled song that fills up your brain with soulful joy. Sade sings in confidence on how she is in love, and she is so in love that she wonders if it is a crime that she loves her lover so. The romantic mellow song has a great tempo that fills your ears with sudden relaxation and ease." Sophie Heawood of The Guardian commented that "Sade's penchant for the epic was fully indulged on this six-and-a-half-minute 1986 single, from its length to its metaphors: her love here is 'wider than Victoria Lake ... taller than the Empire State' – and, unsaid, clearly able to traverse half the globe as well." Frank Guan of Vulture commented, "The alternation between low/slow verse and high/loud chorus is so effective here you wonder if the Pixies hadn't learned a thing or two from this track. There's a kind of subtle but forceful politics in her assertion of the scale of her love: it exceeds all imperial figures."

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