11 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s something unreal about Seal. His instantly recognizable voice only gets stronger and more charismatic with age. On 7 he reunites with producer Trevor Horn, the architect of “Crazy” and “Kiss From a Rose.” Together they enjoy after-hours scenery on “Padded Cell,” “Monascow,” and “Life on a Dancefloor”—all outfitted with contemporary curves. That's well and good, but it’s ballads people expect and Seal delivers: “Half a Heart” and “The Big Love Has Died” are self-referential showstoppers, with Horn building an epic battleground for Seal’s emotional fight songs. “Love” wraps up past lessons learned to a spare track with trademark intensity. 7 shows that Seal exists on an elevated plain separating extraordinary balladeers from ordinary ones.

EDITORS’ NOTES

There’s something unreal about Seal. His instantly recognizable voice only gets stronger and more charismatic with age. On 7 he reunites with producer Trevor Horn, the architect of “Crazy” and “Kiss From a Rose.” Together they enjoy after-hours scenery on “Padded Cell,” “Monascow,” and “Life on a Dancefloor”—all outfitted with contemporary curves. That's well and good, but it’s ballads people expect and Seal delivers: “Half a Heart” and “The Big Love Has Died” are self-referential showstoppers, with Horn building an epic battleground for Seal’s emotional fight songs. “Love” wraps up past lessons learned to a spare track with trademark intensity. 7 shows that Seal exists on an elevated plain separating extraordinary balladeers from ordinary ones.

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