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Seal [CD]

Seal Audio CD
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‘Soul 2’ sees Seal joining forces once again with legendary producer Trevor Horn who shares production duties on the album with ‘Soul’ producer David Foster. This time Seal brings his silky, inimitable voice to a lush collection of romantic soul classics primarily from the ’70s, including those by Marvin Gaye, Bill Withers, Al Green and Teddy ... Read more in Amazon's Seal Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Oct 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner
  • ASIN: B0000073O7
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bring It On
2. Prayer For The Dying
3. Dreaming In Metaphors
4. Donít Cry
5. Fast Changes
6. Kiss From A Rose
7. People Asking Why
8. Newborn Friend
9. If I Could
10. Iím Alive
11. Bring It On (Reprise)

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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 sumptuous 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

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CD ZTT, 4509-96256-2, 1994 11 Track

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
To most people,mention the name "Seal" & you are more or less guaranteed that two of his songs will be vaguely familiar ..."That Adamski Killer Thing!",& maybe even the single "Kiss from a rose"........
The latter features on this album & is an indication of the quality song writing that`s on offer with every track here.
This could have so easily been one of those album`s, that has one good song, (that was released as a single) & ten instantly forgettable other`s.
It is not.
This guy is good,..& I mean very,very,good.
Any band or solo artist of note,will,at some point,produce what is considered to be their seminal album,A time in their career when they are at their finest,& most inspired.
This documents that time for Seal.
It astounds me that this CD continues to be one of the best kept secret`s around.
Every home should have one!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A really solid album. 26 Oct 2006
By C. Porter VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
This album, Seal's second, may be his best. The production work by Trevor Horn remains among his best work - the two artists seem designed to compliment each other.

It's a bit of a contradictory piece of work, though, because on the one hand you have lyrical whimsy which waftily alludes to drug-taking and paints Utopian dreamscapes - and on the other have po-faced social commentary, like "Prayer for the Dying". Would the real Seal please stand up?

I think he's the folky troubadour who got all danced-up by Mr Horn, first and foremost. Not that this is a dance album. Far from it. In fact there is very little here that is up-tempo.

What there is, though, is some really interesting song-writing, some great musicianship, first class production, and that velvet, beautiful vocal. It would be a fascinating thing indeed to hear what a different producer would do with his work over the course of a whole album.

My main gripe, and the thing which stops it getting 5 stars, is the fact that there are no individual great songs on it, for me. The album, as a homogenic whole, is a wonderful listen - but I don't always want to listen to a whole album, I sometimes want to cherry-pick a few tracks - and these don't seem to stand up to that too well. They're interesting, sure - but classic? There's no 'Crazy' on this album.

Having said that, my favourite track (though not quite classic) would have to be the duet with Joni Mitchell, "If I Could", which is beautifully realised - the two husky voices playing off each other to great effect.

As an album, then - fabulous. The tracks individually? Less so. The production? Pretty peerless. Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A truly amazing album! 19 July 2004
Format:Audio CD
This was the first album i ever brought. And i have only recently got into it again, but my gosh, what a true gem i've been missing out on for the last 10 years! "Don't cry" and "Prayer for the dying" are the stand out tracks. The instrumentation and orchestration are amazing. And the lyrics are really meaningful, something we all could learn something from! Magnificent!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece 12 Sep 2007
Format:Audio CD
This album, Seal's best by far, is among my personal favourite albums of all time.

The songwriting is first-class and is bettered, perhaps, only by the production. Let me make this quite clear: the production on this album is on a par with any album *ever* in my opinion (yes, even Thriller). The way the (almost entirely acoustic) instruments play off against each other and complement Seal's wonderful, husky vocal is never anything less than perfection.

This is an almbum-listener's album; as other commentators have said, there is no individual 'stand out' track, but as a whole the album fits together perfectly and provides a beautiful, smooth, emotive and perfectly-paced musical journey.

Quite simply, a masterpiece.
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18 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Emotionally Appealing Music 30 Mar 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Seal is a fantastic artist. I think he is very underated. This album took two years and 6 months to write and it shows. The amount of depth and accuracy with the instruments and vocals is astounding.
What an entrance to the album with "Bring it on". A fantastic start with great vocals and power. A great beat, which gets you going and puts some umpf in to your step. It's all about an introvert who is changing to become an extrovert.
The second song starts beautifully mellow and whisks you away to cloud 6. Once the beat gets going you will move on to Cloud 9. Seal sings this as if he is all the dying people in the world. Great vocals again.
The third song has a bit of a bassy beat which is fine because it relates to what the song is about. It is about someone that can never see things in reality and never understands the reason why.
The fourth song is about a man talking to his partner about the troubles throughout their life. Starts very mellow and builds up slowly to a fascinating vocal contribution.
The fifth song has a fascinating mix of instruments. It gels so well and has an air of retorical speech about it. Seal talks to himself in this and wants you to hear.
The sixth song is the Batman song, mind you if the song was not written for the movie then it still would have been a hit!
The seventh song is a ballad really. Fantastic piano playing at the beginning that gives the song definition. This leads to a song that is powerful about one question: "Why do people ask why?"
The eighth song is a bit more of a dance song that has a slower tempo than your average dance song. Talks about how a man is turning over a new leaf.
The ninth song sounds surreal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
I have been adding to my back catalogue and this was a CD I always meant to buy - it did not disappoint. SUPERB !!!
Published 5 months ago by Ian Alexander
5.0 out of 5 stars seal
didn't know much about Seal but found this a really good CD and love listening to it as do family.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs. S. Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this album when I was a youngster and at college... amazing how...
It seems a very long time ago since I purchased this product and to be honest I cannot say that it has stayed in the memory especially, but I don't recall any issues with it.
Published 7 months ago by Stuart King
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't beat it!
I love this album, Seal is very talented and this seems to be one of his best, with classics like 'kiss from the rose' and many other excellent ones!
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional music
I have said it before on reviews, this man can sing. Feel good music, beautifully produced, would highly recommend for any collection.
Published 11 months ago by Darin Mulcahy
5.0 out of 5 stars a Seal music fan
got this for . a friend of mine and he was thrilled to see I had bought him this particular c.d,
Published 21 months ago by rose conroy
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic timeless album
This was Seal debut album which I always treasure. The sounds within this album are unique, Mr Seal is an amazing artist.
Published on 28 Nov 2011 by Stefano Pedditzi
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album!
I have been aware of this album since the mid-90s but never got round to buying it. Being a big fan of the first album at the time, this one came as a bit of a disappointment when... Read more
Published on 11 Nov 2011 by C A Huant
4.0 out of 5 stars new for me
Bought this album from list of other Amazon users who rated it well. It was also very cheap so I thought worth a listen at that price. Turns out to be more than worth a listen. Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2005 by Mr. K. Watton
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