Seal
Human Being


4.0
excellent

Review

by dannyboy89 USER (31 Reviews)
February 10th, 2013 | 6 replies


Release Date: 1998 | Tracklist

Review Summary: While not a good introduction to the artist, Human Being makes a decent follow-up to his first two records.

After releasing his masterful second record (and his superb first one), Seal had no point in attempting to best himself again. He could only hope to deliver a record that sustained his artistic credibility. And that’s precisely what he does on Human Being. The songs here include some of his most introspective and existentialistic material ever, giving the impression that Seal was going through a catharsis at the time. The electronica beats are still there, but they pretty much play second fiddle to the singing (as opposed to his previous outings, when both elements were mutually complimentary).

The opening track, Human Beings, is quite possibly the most memorable song on the record. Here, Seal delivers a fine, emotive vocal performance, which suit's the subject matter well. The song, which deals with depression and death, could qualify as his darkest ever:

Tell me is it death you feel

That will bring you peace of life.

Who wants

Tell me you're one

Tell me you're one of us

Tell me you're one

Tell me you're one of us

When you lose your self esteem
That's when love dies...

Ohhh...
Please....
Human being
If you bleed
They will say that it's destined

They'll be punchin' tickets
For the minute if you fall out of line

We're mere human beings we die



Lost My Faith is probably Seal’s most haunting moment. According to the song, he has been going through a rough patch in his relationship. He speaks to his lover, telling her that, even though things have gotten difficult for them, he still wants to be with her:

We both know
That the harder we try
Can't understand it
We're so caught up in the reasons why

Station to station
And we couldn't even say their names

I realize it
It's just a game

I had lost my faith
Long ago

I had lost my faith
Long ago

I can see
That if I say close to your side

All of my pressures now
I know they will subside

If ever you need me yeah
All you gotta
All you gotta do is fall


Colour describes a scenic change of some sort. This song ranks among the artist’s most vague, and could refer to several possible subjects (perhaps environmental pollution). At the end of the song, it’s clear, however, that Seal feels optimistic about the future:

God only knows what we've put in that paint
God only knows...
Colour fades away
Good times here today
Almost every day
Meanwhile you would say
I close my eyes...
and dream of only yesterday

Colour fades away
Good times here today
Almost everyday
Meanwhile you could say
That I clo...se my eyes
That I clo...se my eyes...

Colour
Fades to grey
I dream so exciting
But I, I feel so bo...ld


In conclusion, this is a fine recording, if not Seal’s best. While not a good introduction to the artist, it makes a decent follow-up to his first two records. All that needs to be known is that Seal didn’t stop releasing quality after Seal (II).



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dannyboy89
February 10th 2013


12059 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Here is the review for Seal's second album.

http://www.sputnikmusic.com/review/48153/Seal-Seal-II/

dannyboy89
February 10th 2013


12059 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

BTW, this is my 25th review. A pity Seal doesn't get that much attention round these parts.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
February 10th 2013


4507 Comments


long live seal

dannyboy89
February 10th 2013


12059 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Guess I'll never know who negged this...

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
February 11th 2013


4507 Comments


probably buster bluth

dannyboy89
February 11th 2013


12059 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

At least people no longer hate on my reviews like they used to.



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