OK, here's the situation: You're having your sweetheart over for a candlelight dinner and all your Bryan Ferry CD's are worn out. Not to fear: Seal is here!
This set of 12 sleek, suave, sensual songs finds Seal ready to assume the mantle of master purveyor of music to get lai - er, music to romance by. With his velvet voice and Trevor Horn's scintillating production, Seal continues to deliver music that fits the night like a glove.
Seal offers his trademark, genre-busting hybrid of R&B, dance, soft rock, and adult alternative. Though nothing here shines on the magnitude of "Crazy" or "Don't Cry", or even "Kiss from a Rose" or "Future Love Paradise," everything shimmers with quality. Highlights include the pulsating "My Vision," the atmospheric ballads "Love Divine" and "Touch," the reggae-flavored "Gold" and the funky "Let Me Roll." Seal's voice and Horn's production breathe life into some tracks that could have been filler on anyone else's record, such as the generic, Carole King-esque "Don't Make Me Wait". Inevitably (as with all Seal records) "Seal IV" eventually simmers down into adult contemporary territory; the last few songs are super-mellow. But by then, Seal's already done his job - the rest is up to you!