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 third.
Enigma – Le Roi est Mort, Vive le Roi! (1996)
- Chart Position: 12
- Hits: Beyond the Invisible (26), TNT for the Brain (60)
- Highlights: Morphing Thru Time, TNT for the Brain
Less well known and considerably less successful than either of its predecessors, MCMXC a.D. (1990) and The Cross of Changes (1993), this album was originally intended as the closing point of a trilogy, and is widely celebrated as Michael Cretu‘s finest moment. Although the album introduces few new ideas or even guests, it remains the most enduring album of the Enigma project.
There are some rather sweeping statements in the above paragraph, but a lot that I still agree with. Despite a couple of awful tracks (Third of Its Kind is the most notable) this is a fantastic album. The Beginner’s guide to Enigma is here.