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Mr Samuel's Very Best Work,
This review is from: Seal 6: Commitment (Audio CD)
My first encounter with Mr Samuel took place in a club of fairly
low repute in Toulouse in 1991; the sort of place frequented by
nocturnal creatures whose natural bent leads them to seek solace
in the shadows. The music video of 'Crazy' I witnessed there was
a revelation! The statuesque, wild-haired, leather-clad young man
was a new kind of artist and a breath of fresh air to help blow
the cobwebs enveloping the previous decade back into oblivion.
The song had a primal, essential, energy which is still as fresh
as a daisy nearly twenty years on.
Since then Mr Samuel's career has inevitably had some ups and
downs. (It took me a while to recover from the pseudo-medieval
fairy tale shenanigans of 1994's 'Kiss From A Rose'!)
His last album, 2008's 'Soul', was a credible and creditable
excursion into classic soul territory. This man really can sing!
His new album 'Commitment' retains all the hallmarks of his
distinctive vocal style. The voice : husky, still powerful but
distilled by the passing years into an instrument capable of
expressing a wide range of light and shade and subtle emotion.
There are eleven songs in the set and they are all very good.
David Foster's masterful production brings enormous richness to
the arrangements. The epic ballad 'Silence', for example, may well
be one of the finest performances of Mr Samuel's career so-far.
It is a truly beautiful composition, sung from the heart and
destined to warm many more. It made an Old Wolf go all moist-eyed
and shivery! (I know, I know, I can be a bit soppy sometimes!)
The gorgeous 'I Know What You Did' comes a very close second.
When the last note falls away into nothingness we are left with the
echoes of someone else's doubt and pain still ringing in our ears.
'Weight Of My Mistakes' starts quietly with the breathy vocal coaxing
the fragile melody to life before the big, jazzy, swinging beat kicks in.
A song to snap your fingers to (I have some difficulty with this
but doubtless those of you without claws will have far less trouble!)
In a largely slow to mid-paced collection there is more than a little
room for our hero to shine and shine he does. The album leaves me
certain that this consummate performer is still a force to be reckoned with.
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Initial post: 9 Nov 2011 11:19:42 GMT
John H. Marshall says:
Shame about the Autotune...And the strings...and the drum sound!
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