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Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi!

Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi!

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Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi! was the third album released as part of Michael Cretu's Enigma project. It's style built on and extended the first two releases, offering a well-crafted album with mysterious sounds, original ideas, and philosophical lyrics. The title is French and translates to The King Is Dead, Long Live The King, foreshadowing some of the texts contained within. The most recognized song from this release was Beyond The Invisible, though Michael Cretu has stated that his favorite track on the album is actually Morphing Thru Time.

Outside of the music, Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi contained a very unique album design and inserts created by Johann Zambryski, which was subsequently nominated for best recording package at the Grammy awards. The third album, like it's two predecessors, sold millions of copies and won numerous gold and platinum awards, though it still did not manage to reach quite the same heights as either of them. Given the success, this is probably more of a testament to the enormous popularity of MCMXC a.D. and The Cross of Changes than anything else.


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Le Roi Est Mort, Vive Le Roi! was released in 1996.