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2012 album from the British vocalist. After the success of his platinum-selling album Soul, Seal has now turned his attention to classic '70s Soul records for this follow-up. Bringing his recognizable voice to tracks such as Rose Royce's 'Wishing On A Star' and Bill Withers' 'Lean On Me', Seal brings soul back to Soul music.

1. Wishing On A Star
2. Love T.K.O.
3. Ooh Baby Baby
4. Let's Stay Together
5. What's Going On
6. Love Don't Live Here Anymore
7. Back Stabbers
8. I'll Be Around
9. Love Won't Let Me Wait
10. Lean On Me
11. Oh Girl

Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 24, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reprise
  • ASIN: B005P3NPXG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,779 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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30 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Jason Stein VINE VOICE on February 9, 2012
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If you had told me in the summer of 1991, in the midst of listening to Seal's "Crazy" and his self-titled debut, that one day he would devolve into schmaltz I would have said fat chance. Yet, 20 years on, here is the nadir of Seal's career. His third dud recording in a row. This, and his previous two albums "Commitment" and "Soul" are void of anything interesting. It's as if Seal has been castrated, or an imposter put in his place--some robot on autopilot. His last good album was "System". Why? Well, Seal should always be surrounded by electronics--that's where he sounds best. Forget schmaltz master producer David Foster--I mean look what he did to Chicago in the 1980's. He killed a once great band dead with his balladry and sterile production values.

If Trevor Horn did much on "Soul 2" it's not evident. It feels like David Foster through and through. The only good thing about "Soul 2" is Seal's vocals. I particularly thought he handled "Ooh Baby Baby" and "What's Going On" extremely well in terms of how controlled his vocals were.

The problem here will be beaten to death--these cover versions do nothing. Why even make them? I mean, really? They are worthless. They do not even come close to the originals, and no one tried to do something unique with any of them. Cue Starbucks background music now. That's what Seal's music has become--a coaster to rest your coffee beverage on.

I don't like being so negative about an artist, but this irks me to no end. Seal was once a great artist and he has totally taken an about face with his career. I don't care how many copies he sells, the fact remains that his last three albums (this one included) have been utterly forgettable. I hope Seal reads his customers' reviews here, because he needs a kick in the pants.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Miss Congeniality on January 28, 2012
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On 2008's Soul, Seal went through the '60s soulbook with the assistance of producer David Foster.
For its 2011 sequel, Seal moves on a decade and brings in Trevor Horn to helm its 11 tracks (sometimes in conjunction with Foster and his cohort Jochem van der Saag), a result that perhaps freshens proceedings up a bit but doesn't change them markedly.
Soul 2 remains a faithful re-creation of classic soul, Horn applying a new coat of paint to the original arrangements, ensuring that this is a fresh, glistening environment for Seal.
The singer doesn't pop against this backdrop, he blends into his surroundings, sounding as immaculately tailored as the instrumentation, never pushing the tunes away from the melodies you know by heart.
While that might not make for especially compelling listening, it's certainly pleasant either as nostalgia or as high-end lifestyle music. S.T. Erlewine

Best tracks: "Love T.K.O", "Let's Stay Together", "I'll Be Around".

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barbara J. Smith on May 19, 2012
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Seal has really found his strength in singing these classic R&B soul songs. I bought Soul 1 last year and just love it so much. I am overwhelmed with how ridiculously good Soul 2 is. It starts with "I'm Wishing On a Star",and as soon as you hear this song with Seal's smooth voice, you just stop in your tracks. It is so beautifully done. I love this CD so much I have now bought copies for two friends, and now I'm buying one to send to my sister. If you're wondering whether you should buy this CD, the answer is a big YES!!! I can't wait for Soul 3. Enjoy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Sharon E Thompson on January 10, 2013
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We've been following Seal for a number of years and we we're blown away by his renditions of old classics....like 'What's Goin On' and 'Love TKO' This is a great album to buy if you're over 45 and love great music!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Novice RVer on March 12, 2012
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I ordered this CD after reading a favorable review in a magazine. My husband loves the classic R&B and I gave this to him as a gift. He LOVES it. He listens to it in his truck and our gameroom. I would recommend Soul 2 to anyone that shares the love of a great talent doing some classics. Great listening.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough VINE VOICE on March 1, 2012
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In the four years since Seal released his first "Soul" CD, it has quietly racked up over a half-million sales. That's a pretty good number in this day and age, and probably more that "6 Commitment" has sold since being released two years ago. Like Michale McDonald discovered via his two "Motown" albums, there's nothing like expertly executed nostalgia to resurrect a stalled career. While Seal is hardly faded into obscurity, it was inevitable that Seal would ultimately come back for another dip into this well.

Much like the 2008 "Soul," Seal's beautiful voice slides like silk across these 11 songs, and again, he has the smooth production of David Foster (with an assist from Trevor Horn) to assure that there are no flaws in the system. So when Seal wraps those pipes of his around Teddy Pendergrass's "Love TKO" or leans into The O'Jays' "Backstabbers," you can feel the professional commitment all parties bring to the recording. I also like the way they kept the Philly Groove that so enhances The Spinners' "I'll Be Around."

What leaves me a little cold towards "Soul 2" are the same things I felt the first "Soul" could have been better. The song selection is comprised of songs you'd likely hear two or three times a day on your local All Golden Oldies radio station. Seal pulls no surprises out of the bag (ala Ann Peeble's "I Can't Stand The Rain" and Denice Williams' "Free" from the first version), and he could have easily dug deeper than the done to death "What's Goin' On" or "Let's Stay Together." (I mean, really. Even President Obama has covered that one.) Even with the safest material here, Seal's "Soul 2" makes for a pleasant interlude. Be prepared for "Soul 3" likely appearing around 2016.
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