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|10. Still Love Remains|
|11. No Easy Way|
|12. Human Beings Reprise|
Certified gold by the RIAA. (1/99)
Why is it that Seal's albums seem to be readily disposable at first listen but always prove to be more timeless than could be predicted? On Human Being, Seal's third release (and first with a title other than his name), several of the tracks are layered with prominent, syrupy strings, and his predictable vocal crescendos veer dangerously into the land of forgettable grocery-store-intercom adult contemporary. But hang in there; there's a lot more substance here than what will first reach your ear. This complex release is a little harder to categorize than his debut record (the dance album) or his second disc (the power-ballads album). The first two tracks hint that--oh, no--it's going to be another late-1990s trip-hop album, but thankfully, Seal doesn't go there. Listen a couple of times--you'll hear everything from orchestral swells to tinny rhythm guitar, experimental keyboard effects to late-night jazz piano accompanying Seal's standard "Can't we all just get along?" lyrical message. These tracks are heavily produced and thickly layered but at the same time his most intimate and personal songs to date. The album's cover art is a good metaphor for its mood: Seal is naked and crouched over--cowering or ready to strike? So, too, the songs lash out, then plead, then sting, then soothe. Start counting; this album has a long shelf life. --Beth Bessmer
Top Customer Reviews
Although the album is heavy with strings, it also has acoustic flavorings smartly mixed in with the rest (the liner notes include a heated conversation Seal had with his producer concerning the inclusion of the acoustic). "Latest Craze" is a dance groove with an intoxicating guitar riff on the chorus that will float in and out of your dreams in you're not careful.
Much of the album centers on the quest for love and the longing for love lost. "Just Like You Said" is my favorite. The acoustic guitar carries the weight, but the lyrics speak of profound sadness and nostalgia ("say if you can its OK/just like you said way then"). Another gem is "No Easy Way", the last song (excluding the "reprise") and a fitting lyric for the finale. When Seal sings "if I see a tear in your eye, it's an easy way to goodbye", it seems as if the person who's the focus of his lyrics is walking away from him as he sings.
Find yourself a good chair, turn the lights low, and really concentrate of what you are hearing, lyrically and vocally. This album will grow on you; I guarantee it.
This album has more of a twilight mood as opposed to the brighter, more up-tempo mood of the 1994 album and the club-oriented self-titled debut album. However, Seal's passionate, soaring vocals are definitely present and it definitely makes "Human Being" almost as grabbing as the other two, even with a couple of weak songs.
HUMAN BEING A+ This is a fantastic opener with a dark, intense atmosphere and Seal's soaring vocals blending with a dark, yet uplifting song. It starts off as a dark and ominous minor note song and blasts into an uplifting major note song but keeping its dark undertone mood. Another classic from one of the most underrated singers of our time.
STATE OF GRACE B+ This is a mellow and very twilight sounding song with strange wobbly guitars and a very subdued, down-tempo mood to it. A nice song.
LATEST CRAZE A+ Seal goes trip-hop and it works very well. It's a very trippy, semi-danceable song with a dark and futuristic twilight mood to it. It also has a bit of a bluesy sound to it as well. The electronic sound effects are bubbly and not sounding like a video game in the background and it works so well.
JUST LIKE YOU C This song is a mellow and very quite in mood.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Everytime I hear this album I am amazed on how bad it did in sales. One of the greatest collections of songs to ever grace a plastic disk!!! Deep, soothing and simply amazing....Published on Nov. 18 2003
This is heavily panned because it's an album for the wise, for those who know true music in this time in which the likes of Britney Spears and her ilk still reign, and TV news is... Read morePublished on Nov. 11 2003
Someone else called it "A sadly overlooked gem" and I couldn't agree more. An album which some might call more of a Trevor Horn album with his trademark sweeping orchestral sound... Read morePublished on Oct. 28 2003 by James Simon
This is one of my most beloved cds along with Radiohead's "Ok Computer", Rufus Wainwright 2 cds, Coldplay's "Parachutes" among others.. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2003 by George Santana
Beutifull. This man has the most dusky, bold and strong voice, and has always helped instill just that type of vitality in me. Read morePublished on Dec 25 2002 by Amazon Customer
After taking a long break from his work, Seal's back with Human Being, which i think is probably his most spiritual work to date. Read morePublished on Oct. 17 2002 by Madan
This CD is far superior to his second (most popular) CD. This CD features better vocals, better songs, and is magnificantly produced. Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2002 by CHRISTOPHER D FOSTER
I wonder if one of the definitions of a "work of art" is something that doesn't immediately appeal to you, but grows on you over time, like a fungus. Read morePublished on Sept. 22 2002 by D. Hawkins