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Seal IV [Import Bonus Track]
     

Seal IV [Import Bonus Track]

by Seal
 

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Besides taking his usual multi-year hiatus before releasing Seal IV, the artist scrapped a whole album's worth of material, feeling he couldn't stand behind the strength of the songs (should this be Seal IV.I?). It's disappointing, then, that the songs on Seal IV lack any of the Grammy-grabbing flair of his earlier releases. What saves it is a

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Besides taking his usual multi-year hiatus before releasing Seal IV, the artist scrapped a whole album's worth of material, feeling he couldn't stand behind the strength of the songs (should this be Seal IV.I?). It's disappointing, then, that the songs on Seal IV lack any of the Grammy-grabbing flair of his earlier releases. What saves it is a conviction that is high enough to overcome, a voice that is more driven than usual, and some genuine moments of songwriting inspiration. "Let Me Roll" has a cool swagger and fun wordplay, and the yearning ballad "Loneliest Star" is only a few steps away from "Kiss from a Rose." Opener "Get It Together" offers an Up With People understanding of the state of the world with its "everyone is beautiful" sentimentality, but it's the funky backbeat and gritty vocals that make it more Al Green than Lee Greenwood. A re-recording of Seal's collaboration with Jakatta, "My Vision" is given new life through more restrained than usual production from Trevor Horn. The absence of Horn's usual bombast throughout the album allows Seal's voice (in every sense of the word) to be the focus. It's a good move, and if the totally solid Jakatta-sourced track is any indication, a break from Horn might be beneficial next time. Despite being heavy with unexceptional tunes, Seal IV

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0093624854128
catalogNumber:
313474

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Seal   Primary Artist,Bass,Guitar,Keyboards
Ian Thomas   Drums
Chris Bruce   Bass,Guitar
Tim Cansfield   Guitar
Alan Griffiths   Guitar
Earl Harvin   Drums
Trevor Horn   Bass,Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Luis Jardim   Percussion
Jamie Muhoberac   Bass,Piano,Keyboards
Tessa Niles   Background Vocals
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Carlos Rios   Keyboards
Gavyn Wright   Horn,Leader,Choir Master
Mark Batson   Organ,Bass,Piano,Keyboards
Gus Isidore   Guitar
Pete Murray   Piano,Keyboards
Heitor Teixeira Pereira   Guitar

Technical Credits

Seal   Composer,Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Robert Maxwell   Cover Photo
Alan Griffiths   Composer,drum programming
Trevor Horn   Producer
Thomas Newman   Composer
Steve Sidwell   Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Tim Weidner   Engineer
Gavyn Wright   String Conductor
Mark Batson   Composer,Producer,drum programming
Jeri Heiden   Art Direction
Jill Sinclair   Executive Producer
Jason Blum   Producer,Remixing
Dan Vickers   Engineer
Tim Lambert   Engineer
Jeremy Heiden   Art Direction
Robert Orton   Engineer
Nick Ingham   String Arrangements,Orchestral Arrangements,Choir Arrangement
Ric Salmon   Composer
J. Scott G.   Producer,Remixing
Dan Gautreau   Pro-Tools
Charlie Russell   drum programming
Steve Price   Engineer

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