Seal IV Import
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After five years and one do-over later, Seal presents a fourth album that finds the singer growing with his audience. The discs opener, "Get It Together," melds a quiet "live" moment into a horn-and-string disco number, setting the stage for the rest of the disc, which is largely a nod to Detroit- and Philly-R&B. The British-born musician pulls it off. His rasp and emotive, positive vocals are well suited for the retro stylings he attempts. "Waiting for You" will flood the dance floor, and hes unafraid to dig deep for the ballads--Marvin Gaye would approve. The funk is real, but saddled with a pop safety net, and the upbeat tracks need a helping hand from a good remixer before they are as compelling as his seminal singles "Killer" and "Crazy." Seal never goes all out in any direction and this coolness, combined with Trevor Horns perfectionist production, plants the album inescapably in the realm of adult contemporary (although this is as good as adult contemporary gets). On "Let Me Roll" Seal salutes the albums influences by proclaiming hes "not too proud to beg." If that were actually true, the songs would have been that much better for it. --Beth Massa
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From the opening notes of piano and Seal's voice on "Get It Together" it is easy to hear this album is worthwhile. Starting with the upbeat dance feel tune of vocal gymnastics, Seal rushes back to the scene. "My Vision" is classic Seal letting his voice carry the beginning of the tune, as the accompaniment is barely noticeable before they jump in with force. The music experiments with different levels of intensity all held together by Seal's voice. He gets back into more R&B sounds with "Let Me Roll." His slow stuff is good too, but how could it not be with a voice like his. "Don't Make Me Wait" is soft yet powerful, and "Love's Divine" follows suit.
Let's face it, we buy Seal albums for his voice. His is one of the best in the business, and even if he played the same music over and over and only changed how he sang, we'd buy it too. The music is the canvas on which he uses his voice to paint vivid pictures of soul and feeling. If you're a Seal fan, this album is definitely worth it.
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!
I thought "Human Beings" was a tad boring, but THIS disc starts off with four solid tunes straight off the top.
Seal and Trevor Horn have a relationship like Michael Jackson & Quincy Jones...a particular producer who brings out only the best of a particular performer.
"Get It Together", "My Vision"...heck, it ALL soars like great Seal records should.
If you're wondering where our new Marvin Gaye, our new Stevie Wonder, our new male classic R&B soul god is, he's right here.
This isn't the best place to start if you're curious about Seal as an artist (try albums #1 or #2), but I guarantee you that if you are interested in ANY of his works, you'll like this one.
You'll need this one.
Alas, unless you can be satisfied only upon hearing a good voice, regardless of how poor the songs are, this is hardly enough.
This is an album filled with overwhlemingly boring ballads aimed i'm not sure at whom. The overall result is like the music you hear when you're pacing through the isles of a supermarket.
Occasionally, even in a supermarket you'll hear a good tune but you are there to shop and the tune is there to assist you:
"relaaaaaaaaax, buy that can of tuna and that new improved -but not really- detergent"..
Much the same is the offering here. Relax. Buy the new improved -but not really- Seal album.
Sad, when one remembers those flashes of brilliance like in Seal's debut album with "Killer" and "Crazy" but also a few shinings here and there in the subsequent albums. It seems that those moments are buried like a hatchet and I'm not so sure Seal knows where the burial site is...
Most recent customer reviews
Seal's 4th album "Seal IV" is his first since "Human Beeing" in 1998 but it's far from as good as previous albums. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by Josephll
I can highly recommend this CD to everyone. It is an amazing mix of ballads and more upbeat songs that plays wonderfully in the background at dinner time and at partys or just for... Read morePublished on June 17 2004 by Amazon Customer
Seal returns with several phenominal tracks on his "IV" album, but there are also many flat, detached pieces as well. Read morePublished on June 9 2004 by Robert T.
In rating this album, I was between 3 - 4 stars. It isn't a 3 star album because it does have some great songs on it, yet it barely (for me at least) scores a perfect 4 star... Read morePublished on June 6 2004
i am 1 of seal henry samuels biggest admirers and i must admit i submitted my 1st review too hastily.i was expecting,as always,every song to be an equal to any on seal 1. Read morePublished on May 25 2004 by the mook
I own over 1000 Jazz, Rock and World Music Cds. This album ranks in my top 10 finds for the year. The band is tight! Read morePublished on May 20 2004 by Daniel Kiefer
After listening to one or two of Seal's songs, I decided to check out more of his music ... I've just been listening to this cd online, but I know that I'll buy it asap. Read morePublished on May 18 2004
There's something about this album that makes you want to get up and face the world. It touches that part of you that will never be jaded, that you may have forgotten existed. Read morePublished on April 29 2004 by bravegal