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Hits

Review The multiplatinum selling, Grammy winning, critically acclaimed Seal brings together his best on Hits. Spanning his nearly 20 years on record, from 1990's Seal to 2008's Soul, Hits offers all of his major pop hits and all seven of his Top 20 Adult Contemporary charters plus two new recordings, led by the soulful single 'I Am Your Man.'
Soul

Review Seal's debut album created an instantaneous worldwide sensation. Seal's second album shows a heightened artistic maturity and a deepening of his already-prodigious vocal and songwriting skills.

Certified 4 times platinum by the RIAA. (5/96)


Soul 2

Review A far deeper, more enduring outing than his spectacular 1991 debut. Producer Trevor Horn calls on a cast of dozens (including Joni Mitchell who duets on the lovely "If I Could" and the ubiquitous Jeff Beck) and channels his famous, over-the-top tendencies into a sumptious bed of sound that makes Tears for Fears sound minimal. Soulful first single "Prayer for the Dying" will set the pace, while "Kiss From A Rose" is a huge ballad. --Jeff Bateman
7

Review 2012 album from the British vocalist. After the success of his platinum-selling album Soul, Seal has now turned his attention to classic '70s Soul records for this follow-up. Bringing his recognizable voice to tracks such as Rose Royce's 'Wishing On A Star' and Bill Withers' 'Lean On Me', Seal brings soul back to Soul music.
Seal

Review 2010 release, the sixth studio album from the British vocalist. This highly-anticipated album was produced by David Foster. While showcasing Seal's one-of-a-kind husky baritone, ear for unforgettable melodies, and unique lyrical point of view, songs such as "Secret," "The Weight of My Mistakes," "Best of Me," and "If I'm Any Closer," delve into the emotions surrounding love, family, and commitment, hence the title. "Everything about my life is fully committed," he says. "I've never felt more focused on the matter at hand: My wife, my children, the family in general, my own well-being, and of course music and my career. Each one of these songs has personal meaning for me. I dug very deep and all I can hope for is that the music strikes a chord with people."
Best: 1991-2004

Review In a remarkable career that spans more than two decades, Seal has garnered countless accolades along with three Grammy Awards and has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. Known for his one-of-a-kind soaring, husky baritone voice and classic songwriting, Seal has seen success across numerous genres of music. His emotional, romantic love songs, such as 'Prayer For the Dying,' the Grammy Award-winning 'Kiss From A Rose,' and 'Don't Cry' (all from 1994's Seal II), and 'Love's Divine' (from 2003's Seal IV), delighted fans and earned him critical acclaim. But Seal has also seen great success in the dance/pop music world beginning with his roots in Britain's house music/rave scene. Early in his career he scored two hits with legendary producer Trevor Horn, 1990's 'Killer' (with techno artist Adamski) and 1991's U.S. Top Ten single 'Crazy,' from his eponymous debut album - a genre-defying fusion of soul, pop, rock, R&B, and propulsive grooves that announced the arrival of an innovative new talent. His fifth studio album in 2007, System was a nod to those roots with shimmering melodies, glistening layers of synths and acoustic guitar, and up-tempo electronic beats. Now the London-born Seal is preparing to release his sixth studio album, what many consider the tour-de-force of his career. Produced by renowned music maestro David Foster, SOUL, due in November from Warner Bros. Records is a stunning compilation of the best classic soul songs ever created, with Seal's unique, signature touch. The songs each evoke an era when soul music vividly captured emotion, drama and romance. Seal has said, 'What I care about now is the same thing I cared about in the beginning of my career, which is songs.
6: Commitment

Review Certified at 4 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)
Seal (1st Album)

Review A great voice singing great songs recorded by a great producer. That is 'Soul', the sixth studio album from multiplatinum selling, Grammy-winning, critically acclaimed Seal. Each song is a stone-cold soul classic, from Sam Cooke's 'A Change Is Gonna Come', Ben E. King's 'Stand By Me', and Ann Pebbles' 'I Can't Stand The Rain' to Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes' 'If You Don't Know Me By Now' and Otis Redding's 'I've Been Loving You Too Long'. Produced by David Foster, 'Soul' is the perfect coming together of man, material and moment.
System

Review (Amazon.co.uk Review) Soul is a confusing beast. We know Seal has a great voice and can easily imagine him being covering golden oldies with aplomb. Yet this collection of soul favourites is frustratingly patchy. Opener "A Change Is Gonna Come" is impassioned and beautifully arranged (the album is helmed by David Foster of Celebrity Duets fame, who has made sure it sounds fresh and compelling), and even though it could never compare to Sam Cooke's original, it's ultimately a successful reworking. Seal applies his sandpapery tones to James Brown's "It's a Man's Man's Man's World", Al Green's “Here I Am" and “I'm Still in Love With You", and Ben E King's “Stand By Me"--all of them with decent results. Decent, yet hardly overwhelming. And here's where the confusion kicks in: Why cover a bunch of songs that have already been done to death? Christmas being right around the corner is perhaps one good reason in commercial terms. But when you listen to the singer transform less well-trodden territory like Deniece Williams' “Free" or Ann Peeble's “I Can't Stand the Rain", it's hard not to feel this play-it-safe option--while undoubtedly a wonderful Xmas gift--is also a lost creative opportunity. --Danny McKenna
The Best of Sade

Review This Single CD edition features original album versions of 12 of his hits and best loved tracks plus a cover song newly recorded by Seal "Walk on By."
Seal IV

Review It's fair to assume that if you're a Seal fan, you prefer your pop shot through with substance. Using that as a guiding principle, you'll want to glide right into Best: 1991-2004 where you will encounter, throughout two discs and 27 songs, scarcely a second of musical fluff. All the expected goosebump-raisers come on disc one--"Don't Cry" follows "Prayer for the Dying" follows "Kiss from a Rose" follows "Crazy"--and they're interspersed with deeper cuts from Seal IV such as "Get It Together" and "Loves Divine" as well as a couple of covers that, in a lesser vocalist's hands, might have been catastrophic. Seal plays it subtle and sweet and Burt Bacharach's "Walk on By," sidestepping any instinct to belt, and the help he gets from Mikey Dread on Echo & the Bunnymen's "Lips Like Sugar" settles the song into a snazzified reggae-pop celebration. (Also included is Seal's soaring cover of Steve Miller's "Fly Like an Eagle," which proved his prowess as a cover artist with its chart success). Though "best" collections aren't normally upheld for their surprise elements--nobody likes a package that challenges with armloads of new stuff--disc two pulls off a neat stunt. It's a complete acoustic album, again encompassing the major radio hits but stretching to include tracks like the impossibly tender "Touch" and the meltingly gorgeous "Colour." Their unplugged presentation, with the artist on guitar, sets an up-close-and-personal tone that suits Seal. More to the point, it suits his fans, who'll take all the intimacy with the singer-slash-heartthrob they can get. --Tammy La Gorce
Seal

Review On7, Seal explores love and all of its implications, idiosyncrasies, and intricacies -subject matter he began to delicately approach as early as 2013, knowing exactly where he wanted to go."The album concerns the most sung about, most talked about, and most documented emotion-love,"Seal says."I tried to capture all of the wonderfully different dynamics of love, whether it's the anger, the acceptance, the bliss, the sadness, the elation, or the recklessness. It's this emotion and the ways it makes us feel. It's about the extreme joy and the extreme regret as well as all of the crazy things love makes us do."
Seal (1st Album)

Review Certified gold by the RIAA. (1/99)
Soul

Review Why is it that Seal's albums seem to be readily disposable at first listen but always prove to be more timeless than could be predicted? On Human Being, Seal's third release (and first with a title other than his name), several of the tracks are layered with prominent, syrupy strings, and his predictable vocal crescendos veer dangerously into the land of forgettable grocery-store-intercom adult contemporary. But hang in there; there's a lot more substance here than what will first reach your ear. This complex release is a little harder to categorize than his debut record (the dance album) or his second disc (the power-ballads album). The first two tracks hint that--oh, no--it's going to be another late-'90s trip-hop album, but thankfully, Seal doesn't go there. Listen a couple of times--you'll hear everything from orchestral swells to tinny rhythm guitar, experimental keyboard effects to late-night jazz piano accompanying Seal's standard "Can't we all just get along?" lyrical message. These tracks are heavily produced and thickly layered but at the same time his most intimate and personal songs to date. The album's cover art is a good metaphor for its mood: Seal is naked and crouched over--cowering or ready to strike? So, too, the songs lash out, then plead, then sting, then soothe. Start counting; this album has a long shelf life. --Beth Bessmer
Human Being

Review The multiplatinum selling, Grammy winning, critically acclaimed Seal brings together his best on Hits. Spanning his nearly 20 years on record, from 1990's Seal to 2008's Soul, Hits offers all of his major pop hits and all seven of his Top 20 Adult Contemporary charters plus two new recordings, led by the soulful single 'I Am Your Man.'
Hits

Review Seal's debut album created an instantaneous worldwide sensation. Seal's second album shows a heightened artistic maturity and a deepening of his already-prodigious vocal and songwriting skills.

Certified 4 times platinum by the RIAA. (5/96)


Seal IV

Review A far deeper, more enduring outing than his spectacular 1991 debut. Producer Trevor Horn calls on a cast of dozens (including Joni Mitchell who duets on the lovely "If I Could" and the ubiquitous Jeff Beck) and channels his famous, over-the-top tendencies into a sumptious bed of sound that makes Tears for Fears sound minimal. Soulful first single "Prayer for the Dying" will set the pace, while "Kiss From A Rose" is a huge ballad. --Jeff Bateman
System

Review 2012 album from the British vocalist. After the success of his platinum-selling album Soul, Seal has now turned his attention to classic '70s Soul records for this follow-up. Bringing his recognizable voice to tracks such as Rose Royce's 'Wishing On A Star' and Bill Withers' 'Lean On Me', Seal brings soul back to Soul music.
Soul 2

Review 2010 release, the sixth studio album from the British vocalist. This highly-anticipated album was produced by David Foster. While showcasing Seal's one-of-a-kind husky baritone, ear for unforgettable melodies, and unique lyrical point of view, songs such as "Secret," "The Weight of My Mistakes," "Best of Me," and "If I'm Any Closer," delve into the emotions surrounding love, family, and commitment, hence the title. "Everything about my life is fully committed," he says. "I've never felt more focused on the matter at hand: My wife, my children, the family in general, my own well-being, and of course music and my career. Each one of these songs has personal meaning for me. I dug very deep and all I can hope for is that the music strikes a chord with people."
7

Review In a remarkable career that spans more than two decades, Seal has garnered countless accolades along with three Grammy Awards and has sold more than 15 million albums worldwide. Known for his one-of-a-kind soaring, husky baritone voice and classic songwriting, Seal has seen success across numerous genres of music. His emotional, romantic love songs, such as 'Prayer For the Dying,' the Grammy Award-winning 'Kiss From A Rose,' and 'Don't Cry' (all from 1994's Seal II), and 'Love's Divine' (from 2003's Seal IV), delighted fans and earned him critical acclaim. But Seal has also seen great success in the dance/pop music world beginning with his roots in Britain's house music/rave scene. Early in his career he scored two hits with legendary producer Trevor Horn, 1990's 'Killer' (with techno artist Adamski) and 1991's U.S. Top Ten single 'Crazy,' from his eponymous debut album - a genre-defying fusion of soul, pop, rock, R&B, and propulsive grooves that announced the arrival of an innovative new talent. His fifth studio album in 2007, System was a nod to those roots with shimmering melodies, glistening layers of synths and acoustic guitar, and up-tempo electronic beats. Now the London-born Seal is preparing to release his sixth studio album, what many consider the tour-de-force of his career. Produced by renowned music maestro David Foster, SOUL, due in November from Warner Bros. Records is a stunning compilation of the best classic soul songs ever created, with Seal's unique, signature touch. The songs each evoke an era when soul music vividly captured emotion, drama and romance. Seal has said, 'What I care about now is the same thing I cared about in the beginning of my career, which is songs.

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