Love Deluxe

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This article is about the Sade album. For the British group, see Love De-Luxe.
Love Deluxe
Sade - Love Deluxe.png
Studio album by Sade
Released 26 October 1992 (1992-10-26)
Recorded
Genre
Length 45:07
Label Epic
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 (1992-10-08)
  2. "Feel No Pain"
    Released: 28 November 1992 (1992-11-28)
  3. "Kiss of Life"
    Released: 12 April 1993 (1993-04-12)
  4. "Cherish the Day"
    Released: 31 July 1993 (1993-07-31)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B−[2]
Entertainment Weekly B[3]
NME 7/10[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[5]

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.

Commercial performance[edit]

The album peaked at number three on the US Billboard 200[6] and has sold 3.4 million copies in the United States.[7] The album was later certified four times platinum by the RIAA for shipments of four million copies.[8] The album was also commercially successful else where reaching number one in France,[9] and reaching the top ten in New Zealand,[10] Sweden,[11] Switzerland[12] and the UK.[13] The album went on to be certified Gold in the United Kingdom.

Critical reception[edit]

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 Somalian woman who "hurts like brand-new shoes" on the song "Pearls".[2] 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."[3] 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."[1]

Aftermath[edit]

Following the release of Love Deluxe the band would embark on a eight year hiatus, during this time she came under media scrutiny with rumors of depression and addiction and later went on to give birth to her first child.[14] During this time the other members of the band Matthewman, Denman, and Hale went on to other projects, including the low-key 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.[15]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(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"  
  • Adu
  • Hale
  • Matthewman
  • Paul S. Denman
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.[16]

Sade
  • Sade – arrangement, production
  • Sade Adu – vocals
  • Andrew Hale – keyboards
  • Stuart Matthewman – guitar, saxophone
  • Paul S. Denman – bass
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[34] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[35] Platinum 100,000^
France (SNEP)[36] Platinum 578,500[36]
Germany (BVMI)[37] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[38] Gold 50,000^
Sweden (GLF)[39] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[40] Gold 25,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[42] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

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

References[edit]

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