Long before this blog ever existed, some time around late 2000 or early 2001, I started compiling a list of essential albums. There were just six entries, and this was the first.
The Beloved – X (1996)
- Chart Position: 25
- Hits: Satellite (19), Ease the Pressure (43)
- Highlights: Deliver Me, A Dream Within a Dream, Missing You
Widely ignored fourth album, which was almost a disaster. On the strength of the first single, Satellite, it just scraped into the top 30. The album is characterised by late 90s house rhythms and drifting soundscapes courtesy of veteran electronic musician Robert Fripp. It received poor reviews at the time of its release but in retrospect is probably their finest hour, contending against 1990’s more raw sounding Happiness.
Throughout the late 1990s, X remained my favourite album ever, and to this day I would still maintain that it’s The Beloved‘s finest. It’s such a shame that it remains their last to date. The album is also reviewed here, and the Beginner’s guide to The Beloved is here.