Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, James Brown, Al Green, Ben E King, Curtis Mayfield... obviously these names belong on every list of great artists. But Seal? errr, no.
At his best, he may have a pretty good and fairly distinctive voice, but he seems to be somewhat below his best here. These one-dimensional & over-produced versions sound incredibly bland in comparison to the originals. They ARE still great songs though and if you're unfamiliar with any of the original versions, do yourself a favour and look them up: I guarantee you won't be disappointed - and you probably won't play this CD again either.
I could have given this 2-stars, but it gets an extra star for the possibility that it may introduce a new generation of listeners to the world of REAL soul music. Well I can dream can't I?