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Seal II (1994)

Artist: Seal
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Format: CD
Sku: 60144649
UPC: 093624541523
UPC 14: 00093624541523
Release Date: 5/31/1994
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Bring It On ~ Seal
2. Prayer For The Dying ~ Seal
3. Dreaming In Metaphors ~ Seal
4. Don't Cry ~ Seal
5. Fast Changes ~ Seal
6. Kiss From A Rose ~ Seal
7. People Asking Why ~ Seal
8. Newborn Friend ~ Seal
9. If I Could - (with Joni Mitchell) ~ Seal
10. I'm Alive ~ Seal
11. Bring It On (Reprise) ~ Seal
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel includes: Seal (vocals); Gus Isidore, Jamie Muhoberac, Bill Benham, Mike Brittain, Nick Busch, Laurence Cottle, Ben Cruft, Mike De Saulles, Charley Drayton, Andy Duncan, Joseph "Amp" Fiddler, Roger Garland, Luis Jardim, Pat Kiernan, Chris Laurence, Martin Loveday, Mark Mann, Harvey Mason, Perry Montague-Mason, Andy Newmark, William Orbit, Pino Palladino, Anthony Pleeth, Maciej Rakowski, Eddie Roberts, Jackie Shave, Roger Smith, Tony Stanton, Ian Thomas.
Muze PNote Engineers: Tim Weidner, Carmen Rizzo, Steve Fitzmaurice, Steve MacMillan, Gregg Jackman, Robin Barclay, Paul Wright, Sean Chenery.
Muze PNote Includes liner notes by Seal.
Muze PNote All songs written or co-written by Seal.
Muze PNote "Prayer For The Dying" was nominated for a 1995 Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Male. SEAL was nominated for Best Pop Album and Best Engineered Album.
Muze PNote "Kiss From A Rose" won 1996 Grammy Awards for Record Of The Year, Song Of The Year and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance.
Muze PNote Personnel: Jeff Beck (guitar); Marc Mann, Carmen Rizzo (programming).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Carmen Rizzo.
Muze PNote Recording information: Angel; Real World; Sarm East Studios, London, England; Sarm Hook End; SARM West Studios.
Muze PNote Unknown Contributor Roles: Seal; Chris Bruce; Mark Berrow; Peter Oxer; D'Influence; Marc Mann; Barry Wilde; Bill Benham; Phil Spalding; Tony Stanton; Robert Smissen; James McLeod; Maciej Rakowski; Roger Smith ; Michael DeSaulles; George Robertson; John Pignegny; Judd Proctor; Dinesh; Nick Busch; Sarah Webb; Gota Yashiki; David "Olo" Oladunni; Wilfred Gibson; Harvey Mason, Sr. ; Harry Montague-Mason; W. Garfield-Jackson; Sam Maitland; Eddie Roberts ; Jon Evans-Jones; Jamie Muhoberac; Ben Cruft; Dick Morgan; Guy Isidore; Mike Brittain; Kate Wilkinson; Lisa Coleman; Amp Fiddler; Andy Duncan; Andy Newmark; Anne Dudley; Tim Weidner; Wendy Melvoin; William Orbit; Laurence Cottle; Betsy Cook; Roger Garland; Luis Jardim; Paul Kegg; Patrick Kiernan; Boguslaw Kostecki; Chris Laurence ; Helen Liebmann; Martin Loveday; Rita Manning; Anthony Pleeth ; David Theodore; Ian Thomas ; Gavyn Wright; Jackie Shave; Richard Cottle; Derek Watkins; Carmen Rizzo; Charley Drayton.
Muze PNote Fresh from his 1991 self-titled debut, Seal followed with another self-titled release. And true to form, it's another stunning work, although it becomes clear that a musical maturation has taken place. Produced by ex-Buggles frontman Trevor Horn (Pet Shop Boys, ABC, Yes, Frankie Goes to Hollywood), Seal is far more enchanting than his debut. True, Seal is a bit too relaxed at times, but aside from that criticism, the record is lush with harmonies and over-the-top melodies. "Don't Cry" flows with the luxuriant vibes of a hushed vocal and a bellowing string arrangement. Seal showcases his collaborative talent with "If I Could," a duet featuring Canadian folkie Joni Mitchell. "Kiss from a Rose" and "Prayer for the Dying" established Seal as a household name after both became radio and television mainstays. The soul is there, hauntingly similar to singer Terence Trent D'Arby. But what's so unique about Seal is his gift of transforming free-flowing songs into quick dancefloor tracks with a transcendent step into musical magic. His voice has a spell like that, and his second album reflects such skills. ~ MacKenzie Wilson

Producer: Trevor Horn

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Jeff Beck
Muze Guest Artist William Orbit
Muze Guest Artist Joni Mitchell
Muze Guest Artist D'Influence
Muze Guest Artist Wendy & Lisa

Artist Overview

Seal helped put heart and soul back in pop music during the 1990s. His music is often full of electronics yet always organic (thanks in no small part to super-producer Trevor Horn). The UK singer/songwriter started out trolling around the British acid house scene and collaborating with Adamski, but before long he'd emerged as a full-blown pop artist, turning out highly accessible tunes with a grand, orchestral production aesthetic. His 1995 "Kiss from a Rose" was a massive international hit, and made him a multiple Grammy winner.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations 1990's Americas Top 10
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 05
Muze Music Compilations Billboard Top 10 Karaoke Box Set Vol
Muze Music Compilations Every Child Deserves A Lifetime:songs
Muze Music Compilations Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary Pop
Muze Music Compilations Billboard 1990'S Top 40 Karaoke Box S
Muze Music Compilations En Mi Piel
Muze Music Compilations Chimes Of Freedom:songs Of Bob Dylan
Muze Music Compilations Under The Influence
Muze Music Compilations Authentic
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 09
Muze Music Compilations Gems:duets Collection

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/17/1994
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1994
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 45415
Music Label Name Label : Sire
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : AAD
Music UPC UPC : 00093624541523

Professional Reviews

Rolling Stone (10/6/94, p.90)
- 3.5 - Good - "...His voice--soulful, raspy, a little dark--can make even the maudlin seductive..."

Entertainment Weekly (6/3/94, p.60)
- "...This British neo-soul singer's gift flows from his ability to transform dance-floor tracks into spine-tingling magical experiences....Unlike most dance albums, SEAL is more than a collection of singles...." - Rating: A

Musician (7/94, p.88)
- "...Seal manipulates mood the way James Brown works a groove, but that doesn't always work to his advantage. Because it's so easy to get lost in the luxuriant warmth of Seal's music, you may not even notice how great the songs are...."

New York Times (Publisher)
(1/5/95, p.C15)
- Included on Stephen Holden's list of the Top 10 Albums Of '94 - "...[An] impassioned and majestically produced...suite of songs..."

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