Comprising brothers Prince Be
) and DJ Minute Mix
), the early-'90s group P.M. Dawn
straddled the gap between hip-hop and smooth '70s-style soul, creating an innovative urban R&B that owed as much to pop as it did to rhythm & blues. The brothers recorded their debut single, "Ode to a Forgetful Mind," in 1988, but P.M. Dawn
didn't release a full-length album until 1991. The record, Of the Heart, of the Soul, of the Cross: The Utopian Experience, was an immediate hit, thanks to the single "Set Adrift on Memory Bliss," which sampled Spandau Ballet
's new wave hit "True." Both the album and the single received glowing reviews, as did the 1993 follow-up, The Bliss Album?
, which featured the hit singles "I'd Die Without You" and "Looking Through Patient Eyes." In 1995, P.M. Dawn
returned with Jesus Wept
, which received strong reviews but weak sales. Dearest Christian, I'm So Very Sorry for Bringing You Here. Love, Dad followed in 1998; by this time, the group had virtually dropped out of sight as a commercial force, even though most corners continued to praise the artistic quality of their work. A greatest-hits compilation, The Best of P.M. Dawn, appeared in the summer of 2000. After experiencing a number of health problems (including diabetes) for many years, Prince Be
died in June 2016 at the age of 46.