Seal
Seal


4.5
superb

Review

by dannyboy89 USER (31 Reviews)
February 10th, 2013 | 16 replies | 1,842 views


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Few debuts have sounded this fine.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Debut albums have often been trials of sorts for different musical acts. For some, they’ve been instant masterpieces; for others, stepping stones to bigger and better things; and in some cases, they’ve been more of the same or utter failures. Nevertheless, Seal’s first record manages to fit in both the first and second categories: it’s both a masterpiece and a stepping stone. This is due to the fact that it has effective, catchy songs that stick with you; and yet, Seal still managed to outdo himself with his second release.

Now, on to the songs. As mentioned earlier, quite a few of these stick with you. Take Crazy, for instance. The song talks about the insanity of human society, and at the same time, electronica effects manage to mesmerize you along with the chorus:

But we're never gonna survive unless
We get a little crazy
No we're never gonna survive unless
We are a little
Cray cray crazy


Another great song on the record is Future Love Paradise. An often forgotten song, it’s easily one of his best. The music feels otherworldly, a rather spacey cohesion of diverse elements that defies description. In what sounds at first like "another fairy tale", Seal tackles issues such as racism and drug addiction:

Don't you know that racism has a minimum future kids
Can only lead to no good
to no good
Besides your sons and daughters
already know how that feels
One day (One day)
All the queens will gather round
Spreading love and unity so it can be found
Well then all the riders say it's all to do with drugs
Well inject me
With your love
Inject me with your love alright



Yet another fine track is Killer. This song is carried by a constant guitar riff, and again deals with the issue of racism:

Solitary brother
Solitary Sister
Is there still a part of you that wants to give
Racism in among future kings can only lead to no good
Besides all our sons and daughters already know how that feels


So, to sum it all up, this is a very fine record. It contains some of the best songs Seal has ever made. While it is the author’s view that Seal (II) is slightly superior, this still remains highly recommended. Few debuts have sounded this fine.



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dannyboy89
February 9th 2013



11912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The italics and bolds were an issue for me. Either way, I don't think I could have made this review longer. Short is simply my usual style. Still, this badly needed a review.

DeadToPain
February 9th 2013



694 Comments


Made me go back and listen to it!


Insurrection
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013



20655 Comments


Italics = [i ] [/i ]
Bold = [b ] [/b ]

No spaces

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dannyboy89
February 9th 2013



11912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks dude. All fixed up.

Cygnatti
February 9th 2013



21349 Comments


I did not enjoy this.

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sspedding
February 9th 2013



4751 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

album is mint

MO
February 9th 2013



18261 Comments


nice, seal is amazing

Digging: Immolation - Dawn of Possession

dannyboy89
February 9th 2013



11912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I plan on doing the rest of the Seal albums. I'm a big fan of his work; the only albums I still haven't listened to are the last two. None has disappointed me yet.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013



4507 Comments


long live seal

blastOFFitsPARTYtime
February 10th 2013



1477 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

goddamnit Chippy, old school Seal rules.

This is still his best.

Agreed this needed a review, so fair play Danny.

KILL
February 10th 2013



70621 Comments


lol seal

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ViperAces
February 10th 2013



12377 Comments


i thought mint was only used for describing condition ?

dannyboy89
February 10th 2013



11912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Too many spunikers focus on metal and prog. I'm a metal/prog lover myself, but there's other music that deserves attention. Nonetheless, I'm glad to see some fellow Seal lovers here.

KILL
February 10th 2013



70621 Comments


hahaha

pissbore
February 10th 2013



9935 Comments


sweet album cover

SitarHero
March 2nd 2014



4605 Comments


Ha! In the quoted lyrics for Crazy in the last line you've got "Cray cray crazy" :-D



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