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Seal (1994)

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Editors’ Notes

The smooth, haunting, and insidiously catchy “Crazy” had been the breakout song from Seal’s 1991 debut, so it makes sense that his 1994 follow-up (eponymously titled, like his debut) would pick up on that note. “Bring It On” and “Prayer for the Dying” re-enter the space carved out in “Crazy,” one of the great singles of the '90s: shuffling and sensual, the songs feature musical notes falling weightlessly through nighttime clouds. As good as those tracks are, Seal’s second album found him drifting away from his techno origins. “Don’t Cry,” “Dreaming in Metaphors,” and “If I Could” are murmuring, intimate torch songs for the 21st century. With their subtle inflections of jazz and folk instrumentations, these tunes present Seal as a male counterpart to Sade (though his sublime vocals aren't as introverted as hers). Whether on the snappy pop of “Newborn Friend” or the textured melodrama of “I’m Alive,” Seal has a voice that rises to the occasion. His presence is dramatic without becoming hefty. “Kiss from a Rose” pointed to his future. As a simple folk tune that builds to an orchestral climax, it's a portfolio of Seal's vocal abilities.

Customer Reviews

THREE REVIEWS????

That's it?! It's unacceptible that this album is that unpopular. This is some of the best music ever written. Seal has got an awesome voice, and he knows how to capture the listener. There's not a bad song of the bunch. I love how Seal is not afraid to be himself and sing from the heart, which is exactly what he does. I can't quite put my finger on it, but this music just takes you to another place entirely. It's so melodic and easy to listen to. Very intelligent, witty lyrics. This is a great album that should be in any true music lover's collection.

Seal is the a true Genius

This album is an absolute MUST to anyone who truly apreciates music. Every.Single.Song. Is amazing and done completely perfectly. Its great music to listen to alone. The lyrics are powerful and poetic, and the jazzy electronica sound will blow you away. My favorites? New Born friend, Kiss from a rose, Prayer for the Dying.

Classic

This album brings back so many memories. Seal is a genius and this is his masterpiece. Just zone out and listen to the music and you're in another place. I really have no clue what genre to even define this music as.

Notable tracks are "Prayer for the Dying", "Dont Cry", and "Kiss from a Rose".

Biography

Born: February 19, 1963 in Paddington, London, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Seal emerged from England's house music scene in the early '90s to become the most popular British soul vocalist of the decade. Although his earliest material still showed signs of acid house, by the mid-'90s he had created a distinctive fusion of soul,...
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