Sade's fourth album was released in 1992, a full four years following `Stronger than Pride' but nevertheless retaining the band's classy and distinctive style. It was (and still is) seen by many as the band's best, a high-point in a career with many high-points.
The album is full of heart-felt mood pieces with Sade's breathy vocals supported by the band's virtuoso musical backing, no one element dominating the rest and nothing out of place. Paul Spencer-Denman's deep bass is the foundation of the soundscape, and Stewart Matthewman's sax solos in particular are delivered with delicacy and finesse which often sends shivers down the spine. Production, as ever with this band's output, is an object lesson in faultless perfection.
`Love Deluxe' spawned four hit singles and each in turn a music video. `No ordinary Love' is the best known because it won the 1994 Grammy for Best R&B performance, and was featured on the soundtrack of the 1993 Hollywood movie `Indecent Proposal'. `Cherish the Life', `Feel no Pain' and `Kiss of Life' were the other three single releases, each a minor but enduring masterpiece.
Sade's music has a kind of classic status because it never seems to age; it's of its time, but for all time. `Love Deluxe' was the band's only release (apart from a compilation album `Best of Sade') in the 1990s decade, and has never been bettered.