Love Deluxe

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Love Deluxe
Sade - Love Deluxe.png
Studio album by
Released26 October 1992 (1992-10-26)
Recorded1992
Studio
  • Condulmer (Venice, Italy)
  • Ridge Farm (Surrey, England)
  • The Hit Factory (New York City, New York)
  • Image Recording (Los Angeles, California)
Genre
Length45:47
LabelEpic
Producer
Sade chronology
Stronger Than Pride
(1988)
Love Deluxe
(1992)
The Best of Sade
(1994)
Singles from Love Deluxe
  1. "No Ordinary Love"
    Released: 8 October 1992
  2. "Feel No Pain"
    Released: 28 November 1992
  3. "Kiss of Life"
    Released: 12 April 1993
  4. "Cherish the Day"
    Released: 31 July 1993

Love Deluxe is the fourth studio album by English band Sade. It was released in the United States on 26 October 1992 and in the United Kingdom on 1 November 1992 by Epic Records.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauB–[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB[1]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[4]
NME7/10[5]
Pitchfork9.3/10[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[7]
The Village VoiceB−[8]

In a contemporary review for The Village Voice, music critic Robert Christgau felt that half of the album cannot qualify with Sade's most memorable songs and particularly panned the lyric about a Somali woman who "hurts like brand-new shoes" on the song "Pearls".[8] Amy Linden of Entertainment Weekly stated that the album "surges with emotion, but the mostly lush ambient music on Love Deluxe is low on the oomph meter."[1] In a retrospective review, AllMusic's Ron Wynn wrote that it "marked a return to the detached cool jazz backing and even icier vocals that made her debut album a sensation" with an "urbane sound."[2]

Commercial performance[edit]

Love Deluxe peaked at number 10 on the UK Albums Chart,[9] and was certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) on 1 June 1993.[10] In the United States, the album peaked at number three on the Billboard 200,[11] and as of May 2003, it had sold 3.4 million copies.[12] The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified it four-times platinum on 9 November 1994, denoting shipments in excess of four million copies.[13] The album was also commercially successful elsewhere, reaching number one in France and the top 10 in Belgium, Italy, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.[14][15][16][17]

Aftermath[edit]

Following the release of Love Deluxe, the band had a seven-year hiatus, during which Sade Adu came under media scrutiny with rumours of depression and addiction and later gave birth to her first child.[18] During this time, the other members of the band, Matthewman, Denman, and Hale, went on to other projects, including Sweetback, which released a self-titled album in 1996. Matthewman also played a major role in the development of Maxwell's career, providing instrumentation and production work for the R&B singer's first two albums.[19]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."No Ordinary Love"7:20
2."Feel No Pain"
  • Adu
  • Andrew Hale
  • Matthewman
5:08
3."I Couldn't Love You More"
3:49
4."Like a Tattoo"
  • Adu
  • Hale
  • Matthewman
3:38
5."Kiss of Life"
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Hale
  • Denman
5:50
6."Cherish the Day"
  • Adu
  • Hale
  • Matthewman
5:34
7."Pearls"
  • Adu
  • Hale
4:34
8."Bullet Proof Soul"
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Hale
5:26
9."Mermaid"
  • Hale
  • Adu
  • Matthewman
  • Denman
4:23

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Love Deluxe.[20]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[41] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[42] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[43] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[44] Gold 250,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[45] Platinum 200,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[46] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[47] Gold 7,500^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[48] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[49] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[50] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] 4× Platinum 3,400,000[12]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

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