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|1||Get It Together|
|3||Waiting for You|
|5||Don't Make Me Wait|
|6||Let Me Roll|
|8||Where There's Gold|
|10||Heavenly... (Good Feeling)|
|12||Get It Together (Reprise) - Seal|
Seal's first album since 1998, and the third of his career to be self-titled, is the singer-songwriter's most sophisticated masterpiece to date. With strings, horns, an orchestra an a choir, Seal sets an ever-higher standard for the multiplatinum-selling Grammy-winning, critically acclaimed superstar. Transcending pop, rock, dance and soul, Seal once again affixes his own stamp to music. * only available to US customers.
After five years and one do-over later, Seal presents a fourth album that finds the singer growing with his audience. The discs 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 hes 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 Horns 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 albums influences by proclaiming hes "not too proud to beg." If that were actually true, the songs would have been that much better for it. --Beth Massa
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 4.88 x 5.59 x 0.47 inches; 3.03 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Warner Bros.
- Original Release Date : 2003
- SPARS Code : DDD
- Date First Available : February 19, 2007
- Label : Warner Bros.
- ASIN : B0000AA489
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #37,949 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
- #1,119 in Adult Contemporary (CDs & Vinyl)
- #1,165 in Dance Pop (CDs & Vinyl)
- #2,064 in Vocal Pop (CDs & Vinyl)
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The production, arrangements and the music is great for the most part, but I have qualms about the lyrics. It's not like on Annie Lennox's latest in which I found the lyrics unbearable, on this Seal recording they are just the regular type of bad. It doesn't hurt the musical portion all that much but just the same they don't help.
In some instances the arrangements are a bit too much like in the Motown tinged "Get It Together" and "Waiting For You" which is good but a bit too close to both Motown and Procol Harum. Also a lot of the songs sound like the "Seal" formula instead of being different and breaking some ground-even if just a square foot of it. I guess to make a new statement at this point is beyond both Seal and Trevor Horn, they found a money making sound and are going to stick with it no matter what.
Some of the lyrics are just down right embarrassing. It's sort of like he was looking for a rhyme and couldn't find a good one but said this one will do.
In "Love's Waiting" he writes "Then the rain storm came over me...and I feel my spirit break" which is not only a pretty obvious an allusion but downright (dare I say it-yes) stupid. With "Don't Make Me Wait" he writes "Don't make me wait long/Sounds like a sad song..." give me a break. On "Tinsel Town" it was just too much to have to listen to that as being the chorus and heard over and over again at the end of the song. "Therapy can be a savior..." sure!-only maybe not in this case.
To the plus side his singing is still great, but I just wish he had something better to sing about. On "Let Me Roll" he seems to get into it more. My ears wanted to say this sounds like such and such my feet wanted to point out that they danced to something like this years ago. Maybe yes, maybe no but it works for me. Finally this song sounds and feels somewhat like fresh pastures.
Normally, I wouldn't comment on packaging but this has to be one of the worst I ever seen. The way the CD is packaged makes it almost a certainty that the disc will soon be full of fingerprints and scratches. And almost never commented on is how easy or not it is to get the CD out of the package. Well this sets a new high (or a new low) on that score.
All in all it's just an okay album as the Motown Sound is not a bad sound to emulate. It sort of makes me feel/hope that perhaps on the next one Seal will break out again.
Seal's voice. He's always been a singer whose emotions you could feel, but I think you can feel them even more with this contribution. It will stand the test of time.
has, to find this one song, TOUCH. It is on this cd. I heard the song on the movie, A Man Apart. When
I heard the song, I knew it was Seal. I had no idea what it was or what cd it was on. Now I have it and I love it.
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Recommend it to anyone who likes easy listening music
Love Seal and now have almost all his albums. If you love Seal then this album is for you :-)