One of my favorite pop acts of the early 90's was The Beloved. After commercial and critical success with the album Happiness and the singles "Hello" and "The Sun Rising" expectations for the follow-up were high. The lead single from Conscience was the laid back "Sweet Harmony" and while it was decent (reaching the Top Ten in the UK), it was clear that the music scene had moved on from the rave/dance culture the band embraced. The album, and subsequent singles, failed to replicate earlier success, and some of the blame was (unfairly, I think) directed at Helena Marsh, who replaced Steve Waddington in the band and happened to be the wife of Jon Marsh, the other remaining member.
As is the case with a lot of the music I like, it's the less commercial stuff that holds my interest. Second single "You've Got Me Thinking" remains an all-time favorite due to the beautiful interplay between acoustic guitar and an electronic beat - while it may not be my favorite track of all time (step forward, "Blue Monday"!) it is probably the best track I can point to as an example of the type of music that I will always prefer. Other standout tracks include the trippy "Outerspace Girl" and the slightly ironic "Rock To The Rhythm of Love".
The video for "Sweet Harmony" is worth mentioning, as it features lots of tasteful nakedness, and I tracked down a "making of" segment that discusses the video and is quite interesting I think.
The Beloved - Conscience (1993)
- Sweet Harmony
- Outerspace Girl
- Lose Yourself In Me
- Paradise Found
- You've Got Me Thinking
- Celebrate Your Life
- Rock To The Rhythm Of Love
- Let The Music Take You
- 1000 Years From Today
- Dream On
The Beloved - Sweet Harmony CD Single
- Sweet Harmony
- Sweet Harmony (Live The Dream Mix)
- Motivation (Exercised)
- Sweet Harmony (Love The Dub Mix)
Official Website - includes an extensive downloads section