Seal may be a forbidding 6-foot-4 British club phenom, but he exudes genuine warmth on disc. There’s a real person behind his leather-boy looks; he’s an artist who knows when to break the rules. Neither a straight-ahead soul man nor a rock & roller, Seal cops licks from both camps, the result being a seductive, guitar-propelled groove. In his self-titled album, Seal’s ”Crazy,” a strong contender to be the single of the summer, mingles pelvic thrust with arty angst, and is one of those rare club hits that mesmerize listeners even off the dance floor — as does the rest of this hypnotic debut. With a throaty, urgent baritone, Seal throws together country rock (”Deep Water”), techno-disco (”The Beginning”), and folky earnestness (”Show Me”) and makes it all not just plausible but powerful. The nine songs, released without pauses between them, form an enigmatic quasi-mystical medley. But Seal pulls off the neat trick of sounding both mysterious and intimate; you may have no idea what his words mean, but his sound is so right that it doesn’t matter. A
SealSeal may be a forbidding 6-foot-4 British club phenom, but he exudes genuine warmth on disc. There's a real person behind his leather-boy looks; he's an...SealPop, R&BSeal may be a forbidding 6-foot-4 British club phenom, but he exudes genuine warmth on disc. There's a real person behind his leather-boy looks; he's an...1991-08-16
Genre: Pop, R&B; Lead Performer: Seal; Producer (group): Sire
Posted August 16 1991 — 12:00 AM EDT
- Meek Mill hits back at Drake with diss track 'Wanna Know'
- 'Graceland' postmortem: Is Paige in over her head?
- 'Wet Hot' creators provide teases for 40 characters in the prequel
- Patricia Arquette to voice witch in 'Troll: The Rise of Harry Potter Jr.'
- Caitlyn Jenner practices her 'feminine voice' in 'I Am Cait' clip
- Dwayne Johnson on Hulk Hogan's racist rant: 'We've all talked trash'
- Jared Padalecki posted his first-ever #TBT: 13 more 'Supernatural' throwbacks
- 'The Walking Dead' Season 6: 12 EW exclusive photos
- 10 must-have items from the 'Mad Men' auction: Exclusive
- Stars go back to work! 'Scandal,' 'Arrow,' 'The Good Wife,' more return to set
- Charlie Hunnam and Excalibur glisten in 'King Arthur' first look photos
- Here are the 2015 games we're looking forward to most
- Jennifer Lopez, Brad Pitt, Candace & Lori and More!