Terence Trent D'Arby's Symphony or Damn* (*Exploring the Tension Inside the Sweetness) is the third studio album by Terence Trent D'Arby, released in 1993 through Columbia Records. This album marked something of a comeback after the disappointing performance of his previous album "Neither Fish Nor Flesh", and was generally well received by many critics, with Q Magazine rating it five stars upon its release.
The album peaked at #4 on the UK album charts and was boosted by four Top 20 UK singles, "Do You Love Me Like You Say?", "Delicate", featuring Des'ree (both tracks peaked at #14 in the UK charts), "She Kissed Me" (#16 on UK Charts) and "Let Her Down Easy" (#18 on UK Charts).
Two more tracks were released but not as successful as the aforementioned tracks. "Turn the Page" failed to chart, while "Neon Messiah" was released as an EP in Japan only. This included a number of B-sides and is a widely sought-after collector's item.
The album is heavier in sound to D'Arby's smash hit debut album, which was essentially a mix of pop, soul and gospel. However "Symphony or Damn" contains several guitar oriented songs, such as "Do You Love Me Like You Say?", "Castillian Blue", "Are You Happy?" and the out-and-out rocker "She Kissed Me". The latter is an up-tempo hard rock song, that features the line "she likes rap and metal really loud", alluding to the subject's love of rock and heavy metal music. However, "Castillian Blue" and "Are You Happy?" have a blues guitar sound, with the former sounding dark and brooding and the latter featuring a far more upbeat pop/soul/blues sound. The drum sound throughout most of the album is also of a heavy nature.