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Human Being [Import]

Seal Audio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (159 customer reviews)
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1. Human Beings
2. State Of Grace
3. Latest Craze
4. Just Like You Said
5. Princess
6. Lost My Faith
7. Excerpt From
8. When A Man Is Wrong
9. Colour
10. Still Love Remains
11. No Easy Way
12. Human Beings Reprise

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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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album Nov. 19 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
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....
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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 of zero substance. How fitting it is that a song on "Human Being" is titled "Latest Craze" for the mindless masses are out in search for the latest craze at the sacrifice of their selves, of originality. People who need a laugh track to tell them when to laugh. So those who are not sheep and slaves to radio and the entertainment powers that be know that this easily ranks up there with Seal's other albums and arguably surpasses them. His others may have sold more, but since when are sales signs of an album's quality? Sales reflect marketing, not quality. And so leave the other albums to the masses while we the wise covet and embrace the silent beauty and wisdom that is "Human Being."
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4.0 out of 5 stars Cool & captivating Oct. 29 2003
Format:Audio CD
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 mixed with electronic beats he made famous with other acts like Yes and Frankie Goes To Hollywood. But here, Seal balances Trevor's production with the album's mix of power-waltz ballads (Just Like You Said), cool techno (Except From, which sounds like an excerpt from something), and soul-searching epics (Lost My Faith). I listened to this more than the other two albums combined. That's saying something...
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5.0 out of 5 stars je ne sais quoi Sept. 16 2003
Format:Audio CD
I find it surprising that so many people (including established music critics) panned this album. The opening track, as the slinky cover art suggests, is dark and forboding with Seal's husky voice soaring above the chaos. The album is thick with texture, thanks in part to the fabulous production of Art of Noise alumni Trevor Horn and the orchestral arrangements of Anne Dudley. There's a lot of "panned" stuff going on that will pop out at you if you listen with headphones.
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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Sadly Overlooked Gem April 10 2003
By A. Eby
Format:Audio CD
Seal has always been an innovative musician and "Human Being", his third album, continues the trend of lush, orchestral music and philosophical lyrics. Overall, this album is quieter than his other two and taken as a whole, it's a little harder to get into. To fully appreciate "Human Being", you need to listen to it song by song. Each song is beautifully crafted and texturally rich. The opener, "Human Beings", is a beautiful, haunting wall of sound - as always, Seal's vocals transport the listener to another realm. "Latest Craze" is more similar in sound to the music of his last two albums; it's got more of a club beat. My personal favorite is "When a Man Is Wrong", an exquisite, gently uplifting if somewhat melancholic song. In this, as in all his best music, Seal creates an introspective, quietly celebratory mood through his vocals and the rich layers of instrumentation that surround them. Seal is one of my favorite artists; he consistently produces beautiful, innovative music. It's a shame a lovely piece of work like "Human Being" is overlooked in our Top 40-saturated culture. Sometimes you need to lower the volume, put on the headphones, and just LISTEN.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seal is more than just a 'Human Being' Feb. 24 2003
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Seal's third CD is a big departure from the chart-topping classics of his first two albums, both of which are among the best of the 1990s. Much darker, and more twilight, and winter in mood, Seal's third album is more of a mix of futuristic trip-hop and a bit of 70s sounding production. There aren't any really commercial sounding songs on the album, probably why this amazing CD didn't sell through the roof like his first and second albums did and it's a shame because while it's not as up there as the former, it still deserves a lot more recognition and attention than what it gets.
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly A Masterpiece ...
This is one of my most beloved cds along with Radiohead's "Ok Computer", Rufus Wainwright 2 cds, Coldplay's "Parachutes" among others.. Read more
Published on Feb. 17 2003 by George Santana
5.0 out of 5 stars Seal sings with the most feeling of anyone I know
Not as commercially successful as the other Seal releases, and appeals to a smaller audience, but it is my favorite. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Remains.
Beutifull. This man has the most dusky, bold and strong voice, and has always helped instill just that type of vitality in me. Read more
Published on Dec 25 2002 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Seal does it again
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 more
Published on Oct. 17 2002 by Madan
5.0 out of 5 stars Seals finest work!
This CD is far superior to his second (most popular) CD. This CD features better vocals, better songs, and is magnificantly produced. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2002 by CHRISTOPHER D FOSTER
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Art Requires Patience!
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 more
Published on Sept. 23 2002 by D. Hawkins
5.0 out of 5 stars The only reason I have a CD player
Well I'm in Britain and I've been listening to Seal since his debut here in 90/91 (can it be that long ago? Read more
Published on Sept. 21 2002 by M. Maguire
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