Seal
Seal II


5.0
classic

Review

by dannyboy89 USER (31 Reviews)
February 18th, 2012 | 23 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The essential Seal album. A leader in its class.

The 1990's were a great decade for music. While the output wasn't akways consistent, it was undeniable that there was quality abound. Such is the case for Seal, an oddity himself in that his nationality is officially British, while his mother was Nigerian and his father Brazilian (and he himself was born in Nigeria). As such, Seal, having had this interesting background, would go on to sell several million records during the 1990's; this record being his most remembered one.

That is not to take off merit from the preceding album. For all that matters, both are excellent, showcasing this artist in his prime. However, this second recording is perhaps the bigger work of the two, given that he expands his songwriting further; resulting in a more complete musical journey.

The album kicks off with Bring it On, a nice introduction to this magnificent record. Next, we are treated with Prayer for the Dying, easily one of Seal's best songs. We also have Don't Cry and Kiss From a Rose, which are, once again, within the crème de la crème in Seal's work. Dreaming in Metaphors and If I Could are also fine tracks here. All the songs are ballads, but what makes them special is that they lack the sappyness that makes ballads from other artist look stupid. The lyrical depth and introspective nature of the music serves as more than enough to make almost anyone enjoy it.

Unlike such pop artists as Michael Jackson and Prince, Seal is hardly the upbeat or danceable type (remember, this was made in the 90's). Instead, he goes for a softer, melodic style, emphasizing a smooth groove, which serves his lyrics well. While his vocal rage is limited, it fits the music perfectly as well, which makes each listen a rather hypnotic experience. His music is not meant for parties at the disco, but for reflective listening. Nevertheless, his songs stick once you get a taste for them.

Indeed, it's fair to say that Seal is the best at what he does, and this album proves it very well. This isn't music for pop haters; or for lovers of exclusively upbeat music. This is an album for personal reflection. If you dig some refreshing pop, with deep lyrics, and ballads that don't feel sappy, this album is for you.



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wacknizzle
February 18th 2012


13218 Comments


'Kiss From A Rose' nuff said.

Digging: Dioramic - Supra

botb
February 18th 2012


9674 Comments


fucking seal yes

Gyromania
February 18th 2012


15706 Comments


This review is an unmitigated disaster. Oh well, at least there's finally a place to discuss this brilliant album.

iambandersnatch
February 18th 2012


1480 Comments


It's really hard to write an aptly descriptive review that's this short. You didn't pull it off. "Refreshing pop with deep lyrics" is literally the only thing we learned about how the music sounds from this review. Needs specifics bro

jefflebowski
February 18th 2012


8243 Comments


and please sort out that motherfuckin' apostrophe in the summary

Digging: Brian Eno and Karl Hyde - High Life

MrxSelfxDestruct
February 18th 2012


495 Comments


akways?
Love seal. Crazy is unreal.

dannyboy89
February 18th 2012


11960 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Thanks for the tips guys. Yep, my reviews often need more detail.

AsoTamaki
February 18th 2012


2525 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This review is an unmitigated disaster.


LOL. Damn, bro.

But yeah, this is such an excellent album. There's some great music beyond the singles everyone has heard. "Dreaming in Metaphors" is my favorite.

MrxSelfxDestruct
February 18th 2012


495 Comments


In such a small review you should generally focus more on the specific album and it's sound rather than the artist in general.
Bleh.

wacknizzle
February 18th 2012


13218 Comments


Review doesn't do much to describe the music and doesn't backup your position of it being classic. I've never heard the entire album so I'm interested to know what the other good tracks on this album sound like.

MrxSelfxDestruct
February 18th 2012


495 Comments


You could argue it as a 5 depending how much you like soulful pop music; it's a fairly dense album with great lyrical themes.

It's a 4-4.5 for me.
I don't know it well enough to describe it to you as I haven't heard it in it's entirety in years but I would definitely check it out.

dannyboy89
February 18th 2012


11960 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I'll improve it soon enough.

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
February 18th 2012


1477 Comments


Album rules, but not quite as hard as its predecessor.

dannyboy89
February 20th 2012


11960 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I made a few changes here and there to the review. Whether or not I will review the first one is a tough call, since I've only heard the first two records.

dannyboy89
February 26th 2012


11960 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

I emboldened the song titles, that should make the reading easier.

Dimor
June 12th 2012


1758 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Album is so fucking good

peaks40
November 6th 2012


2759 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

kiss from a rose rules

SanguineCream
November 30th 2012


598 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Everything on here does. Seal's career crowning achievement and one of the great albums of the 90s. Feel such an intense wave nostalgia everytime I hear 'Bring it on' come on. And 'Kiss From A Rose' as awesome it is, will always remind of Batman Forever unfortunately haha, but it's still a classic

CK
February 19th 2013


4915 Comments


I really want to hear Seal cover In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel

Gyromania
July 8th 2013


15706 Comments


ooh the more i get of you the stranger it feels, yea



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