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  • Audio CD (June 11, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sire / London/Rhino
  • ASIN: B000002LPP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Distant Voyageur on September 12, 2003
Format: Audio CD
There are quite a good number of fantastic debut albums that have always been the best album by a lot of artists but to me, Seal's self-titled debut album is arguably the best debut album by any artist in my opinion. Released in 1991, this album pushed the boundaries of dance/pop/soul and even some hip hop and resulted in what I consider the most innovative, sophisticated dance album ever made and this album is fighting head to head against it's 1994 follow-up oddly also entitled "Seal" as Seal's strongest collection of music. It's still impossible to believe that this album was actually released in 1991 as every song is so many years ahead of it's time and this album hasn't dated one bit even in 2003! Talent has become exceedingly rare these days but even back in 1991 when talent and music was far better, Seal's debut stood so many miles above all other albums around this time for many reasons: It's blend of dance, rock, and pop perfectly suits the mainstream crowd yet at the same time, it also has the maturity and brilliance that makes it last all the way to this very day. This album has defined a long period in my life from 1992 onwards. This album stands out in so many ways from any other album from this time and even from his other albums. One reason is its rich atmospheric mood; another is its urban dance vibe, and just the general mood of this album: Dark, moody, yet highly energetic and edgy.
"The Beginning" is the most appropriate title for the opening track on this album. This is a fabulous blend of dance, techno, pop, and soul with a slightly orchestral sound to it and aggressive driving rhythm. "Deep Water" is like two songs in one.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By PhiloNine on October 6, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Im usually one for the heavier stuff, but you will be surprised how compelling Seal's debut album really is. The choice of studio musicians are also very interesting - Trevor Horn and Trevor Rabin? The mode is primarily dance, specifically house music, which means you get big thumping uptempo beats and lush synth work. At that its admirably good, with Seal's scratchy-yet-smooth voice crooning over the top giving each of the tracks an erotic, sensual vibe that you just don't usually get with typical dance music. Not my style, but anywhere there's a Chapman stick involved, I am on the scene. Then there's also some acoustic guitar textures and other good stuff thrown in for good measure to "seal" the deal. Contains the hallucinatory hit "Crazy", the positive credentials of which are without question, but check out "Killer" (a dance tune which just BARELY flirts with industrial) and the pretty ballad "Show Me".
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Morado on March 20, 2000
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Thank the dudes from Art of Noise and ZTT Records for helping Seal craft a perfect CD. There is a plethora of styles, textures, layers, and moods. Seal's wonderful voice adds so much depth to a record so rich with demension. I loved it all, but if I had to pick some favorites: "Whirpool"-Gotta hear it. Flows like Champagne. "Future Love Paradise"-Builds to a rockin' crescendo. "Violet"-Soothing, dreamy. "Killer"-Jammin, jammin. I have never heard anything else that quite matches the groove of this debut. A must for your collection.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Wilson on February 19, 2001
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I don't know what instruments Seal plays -- maybe he sticks to composition and vocals. Anyway, Seal first received acclaim for his work on the outstanding single 'Killer', which was credited entirely to the keyboardsman/club DJ Adamski. Strangely -- or perhaps not so strangely if you've heard the album that Adamski recorded to puff out the single -- it is Seal who has had much the more successful career.
Thankfully it was the controversial ZTT production team, led by former Yes and Buggles man Trevor Horn, who signed up Seal, adn the rest is history. ZTT brought a heavy production technique to all the artists they worked with in the 80s and 90s -- you only have to listen to any Art of Noise record to hear the range of ideas they bring to bear when they have no artist but themselves to work on. Because of their weighty, almost Spector-like production layering, they selected only the strongest, most distinctive new artists for the label -- people like Grace jones, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and Seal, who would shine through even Horn and Anne Dudley's editorial gloss.
We need also to mention the influence of Guy Sigsworth -- he of the bass in Bomb the Bass -- who co-wrote with Seal two of the stand-out tracks on this wonderful album: the stonking opener, 'The Beginning', and the beautiful finisher 'Violet'. I cannot write too highly of 'Violet' -- the percussion is simply gorgeous, starting off with a simple electronic beat and culminating in a full Latin chorus. (Any record featuring the marvellous Paulinho Da Costa is usually well worth the money.) But I'd love to know which film or TV programme the voice samples on this track come from. Any ideas?
Other outstanding tracks include 'Crazy' and a re-working of 'Killer' which features Yes's Trevor Rabin on guitar.
After recording this and his second album, it appeared that Seal could do no wrong. We just want you to record a few more, Henry.
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