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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 disc’s 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 he’s 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 Horn’s 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 album’s influences by proclaiming he’s "not too proud to beg." If that were actually true, the songs would have been that much better for it. --Beth Massa

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Let Me Roll
  2. Get It Together
  3. Love's Divine
  4. Waiting For You
  5. My Vision
  6. Don't Make Me Wait
  7. Touch
  8. Where There's Gold
  9. Loneliest Star
  10. Heavenly...(Good Feeling)
  11. Tinsel Town

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 9, 2003)
  • Original Release Date: 2003
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B0000AA489
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (231 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,449 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By halax64 on November 15, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Seal IV is growing on me. When I read that Trevor Horn and Seal would be working together again, I waited with anticipation, and had hoped of the same magic wrought from Seal's landmark debut. Seal I was/is one of my top 5 works of all time. Unlike some others, I love the rich textured danceable production often found on Trevor Horn produced tracts.
Which brings us to the present. The rich textures are definitely in effect on Seal IV, but the sound has matured. At first I was hoping for the energy of "Crazy" (My personal theme song if I decide to become a super hero), or the raw power of "Killer," but then it dawned on me that I have aged and so has Seal. The sound, the words, and the music have aged in a graceful soulness that slowly seeps into your musical psyche as you listen to this CD. I no longer want to just groove to Seal, I am now listening. Instead of pumping this through my tower speaks, I'm grabbing my headphones, dimming the lights, and sipping something smooth and mellow.
Cuts that I'm looping over and over again are: "Loneliest Star" (my favorite cut), "Heavenly...(Good Feeling)", "Tinsel Town", "Touch", and "Love's Divine." Not to say the other songs aren't impressive, but these five touch me deeper than the other cuts. I'm sure we all have songs that move us in a way, and these are mine. Seal fans will be happy with this one. New Seal fans will want to explore some of his previous works after listening to this new production. Add Seal IV to your collection.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By David Todd Johnson on September 24, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Let's be honest: Seal could sing the phonebook and we'd all still listen. His voice is soulful, distinctive, and a welcome breath on the radio from the usual vocal gymnastics and overblown production. True, Seal IV isn't as complete as his first two CDs or as moody yet atmospheric as Human Beings. But this is still great Seal. The Motown sound suits his smoky vocals well. The 1-2-3 punch of Get It Together, Love's Divine, and Waiting For You is a promising beginning. The CD does seem to lag toward the middle, while remaining enjoyable. Luckily, Heavenly is reminiscient of Violet (one of my favorite Seal tracks) and Tinsel Town ends the CD on a smooth note. Not innovative Seal. But well worth the wait, like an old friend coming home.
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful By N. D. A. Grie on February 7, 2004
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Like millions of others, I was seduced by "Kiss From a Rose", but otherwise had not been a follower of Seal's career until hearing this CD, and wow! These songs just boil with sweat and conviction. None of them have the melodic complexity of "Rose", with its Beethovenesque shifting of major and minor, but many are equally memorable and may prove more durable. The songs of "Seal IV" range from tough and gritty ("Waiting for You", "Let Me Roll"), to exquisitely romantic ("Touch", "Love's Divine", "Tinsel Town"). Seal draws from the American R&B tradition ("Get It Together"), and also from reggae ("Where There's Gold") but some songs are impossible to classify, and seem to just well up from inside him, like "My Vision" and "Heavenly". My two favorites are almost polar opposites of each other, the soul-shouting "Let Me Roll" and the delicate, aching "Touch", tracks 6 and 7. Although Seal IV is expertly mastered, wrapping Seal's sound with polished competence, Seal himself is hot, sizzling right through his packaging to emerge as a passionate performer who puts his brains, heart and guts into every song. I'm not sure who Seal's core audience is, but this is a major achievement and I hope it gets the recognition it deserves.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 2003
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I have been a Seal fan since the first album. I will say that upon my first listen of Seal IV I was a bit disappointed. I guess after waiting for 5 years for this new release I was expecting something different. After listening to this disc over and over in the car and on headphones it has grown on me to the point that I just love it. I enjoy almost every track (except #5- it just has yet to grab me -thats why I give 4 1/2 star rating). Especially outstanding and now one of my all time fave Seal tunes is track#10 'Heavenly'. I do also love to listen to Seal on headphones to capture the crisp and clear production and subtle nuances of Trevor Horn. I don't know why some have given such negative reviews but to each his /her own. Overall if you like Seal I recommend getting this CD. He still has that voice
we all love. Just give it several listens and let it grow on you if at first you have mixed feelings.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By DarkCloak on September 12, 2003
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After a 5 year hiatus, at long last the one and only Seal returns and to form with the melodically alluring and captivating "Seal IV". To begin, this seems to be his most diversified and eclectic collection of songs yet. Seal maintains his hallmark orignality and engages in some musical experimentation...all to good results. He gets points for his uplifting, lucid, and spiritually genuine lyricism alone. As with previous releases from him, this is truly a collection that just ripens with repeated listenings. Not a bad one in the bunch though the standouts from my vantage point are the funk inflected "Get It Together", the enchanting "Love's Divine" and "Touch", the forlorn and subdued "Lonliest Star", the smooth pop punch of "Waiting for You" and "My Vision"(there is another version of this tune featuring a singer named Jakatta that is more dance oriented), and the absolutely heavenly and hypnotic "Heavenly(Good Feeling)". The aforementioned tune is worth the price of admission alone, with Seal in his element and in full force with his vocal stylings juxtaposed against an atmospheric synthesized cacophony of sonic delight. An unbeatable combination of meticulously produced tunesmithing with an evocative soulful vocal delivery...Seal is second to none. In the dozen years I've listened to him, he has yet to disappoint. A true diamond in a field of present day musical mediocrity, don't deny yourself another minute of missing out on this most unique and legitimately gifted performer.
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