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Seal [1991]

Seal [1991]

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by Seal

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Seal launched his career in 1990 with "Crazy," a seductive single that combined a futuristic dance groove with a commanding, soulful vocal -- and a hook that's hard to shake after even the briefest exposure. "Crazy" was the result of a collaboration between Seal and producer Trevor Horn, best known for masterminding Frankie Goes


Seal launched his career in 1990 with "Crazy," a seductive single that combined a futuristic dance groove with a commanding, soulful vocal -- and a hook that's hard to shake after even the briefest exposure. "Crazy" was the result of a collaboration between Seal and producer Trevor Horn, best known for masterminding Frankie Goes to Hollywood's '80s epic, "Relax." But unlike Frankie, Seal was a talent with depth, emotion, and tremendous charisma. Seal's performances are striking against Horn's meticulously manufactured settings, but it's clear his vocals would have the same effect if he were accompanied only by an acoustic guitar. This album, not to be confused with his more gently atmospheric follow-up, also called Seal, contains "Killer," a track Seal originally recorded with dance act Adamski -- and which first brought the singer to Horn's attention. "Future Love Paradise" is in some ways superior to "Crazy"; it's a haunting track with a downright messianic vocal performance. All this could simply have been trendy ear-candy with a lesser singer, but Seal brings warmth, heart, sophistication, and tremendous personality to all the high-tech splendor.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - MacKenzie Wilson
London singer/songwriter Seal certainly made a name for himself with his eponymous debut despite the comparison to fellow London mate, the raspy soul Terence Trent D'Arby. But Seal is more relaxed, and his craftsmanship is delicate and well defined. Lyrical depictions are light, songwriting is personal, and production credits are most impressive. With star-studded work from both Trevor Horn (Tina Turner, the Art of Noise, Rod Stewart) and Trevor Rabin (Yes, John Miles), Seal is surely a critical hit. Becoming a mainstream radio mainstay for the summer of 1991, the single "Crazy" carried heavy notoriety for Seal and instantly made him a household name. His collaborative effort with Adamski for "Killer" was a massive club hit thanks to its Hi-NRG strength, but house elements are showcased other album tracks such as "The Beginning." Seal is not necessarily a dance innovator, but he makes for a select crossover artist with impeccable talent worthy of heavy acclamation and critical recognition. The general mood captured on his debut album is refreshing for the early-'90s mediocrity of post-hair metal and manufactured synth bands. His music was a major force throughout the decade and well into the new millennium. With Trevor Horn at his side, it's undeniable. Together they go for exactly what Seal is looking for: the beauty, desire, and simplicity in creating a new sound. Seal is the face and Horn is the face behind it all.

Product Details

Release Date:
Sire / London/Rhino


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Seal   Primary Artist,Guitar,Vocals
Trevor Rabin   Guitar
Mars Lasar   Keyboards
Curt Bisquera   Drums
Paulinho Da Costa   Percussion
Andy Duncan   Saxophone
Luis Jardim   Percussion,Drums
Pino Palladino   Bass
John "J.R." Robinson   Drums
Bruce Woolley   Keyboards

Technical Credits

Trevor Rabin   Contributor
Keith LeBlanc   Contributor
Maria Vidal   Contributor
Anne Dudley   Arranger,String Arrangements
Mars Lasar   Programming
Curt Bisquera   Contributor
Paulinho Da Costa   Contributor
Richard Cottle   Contributor
Andy Duncan   Contributor
Denny Fongheiser   Contributor
Robin Hancock   Engineer,Contributor
Trevor Horn   Producer,Contributor
Guy Isidore   Contributor
Randall Jacobs   Contributor
Luis Jardim   Contributor
Chester Kamen   Contributor
Steve MacMillan   Engineer
Mark Mancina   Contributor
Gary Maughn   Contributor
Ian Morrow   Contributor
Jamie Muhoberac   Contributor
Steve Pearce   Contributor
Tony Phillips   Engineer
John "J.R." Robinson   Contributor
Chrissie Scheft   Contributor
Chrissy Shefts   Contributor
Guy Sigsworth   Contributor
Ren Swan   Engineer
Tim Weidner   Engineer
Doug Wimbish   Contributor
Bruce Woolley   Contributor
Gota Yashiki   Contributor
Mac Mill   Engineer
Kenji Suzuki   Contributor
Gregg Jackmann   Engineer
Seal Henry Samuel   Composer

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Seal [1991] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the strongest..most original debut albums I have ever heard..great acoustic guitar, piano and bass throughout!
Guest More than 1 year ago
His soulful voice gives a new meaning to good music.all three of his albumns have a meaningful up tempo and he should be given the proper recpect for sanging them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A true masterpiece from start to finish. This man has more soul pound for pound than any singer around, and his compositions of love and loss make for an ethereal experience with no peer.
Guest More than 1 year ago
very very very very NICE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although Seal has come out with some excellent albums in recent years, his first album is his best. His first hit single, Crazy, beautifully blends futuristic effects and beats with his Godlike, earthy voice, and Whirlpool is deserving of airplay. Every song on the album makes the listener want to hear it again. This is one disc that no music lover can go without.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are very few cd's I have that I love to hear from start to finish, over and over but this is definitely one of them! I knew the first time that I heard this cd that Seal would be big and I was quite surprised that he didn't become a more prominent person in the limelight of MTV, VH1 and the music generation of the early 90's. I think if he hadn't been so shy, he would have been. Thank goodness he never sold out for the big bucks though because his words are like ear candy for the soul. You can truly relate to the feelings he expresses and his eloquence blends perfectly with the structure of his melodic, sometimes techno, upbeat rhythms. Often he recounts times that were difficult for him in his life and speaks of mans inhumanities and injustices in the world which, I think most people can relate to in some way or another. I truly believe that he contemplates his music with great forethought before he's able to put pen to paper and this is part of the reason his albums take so long to get to the store shelves. Who cares! The wait is worth it to me! Simply put, his songs are poetry put to music. There's not a single song on this cd that I don't like. It's everything an album should be, it's thoughtful, innovative, up beat, encouraging, soulful, spiritual, and it satisfies but still leaves you with that feeling of exhiliration and anticipation because you can't wait to see what he does next!