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Seal: Human Being

Album Reviews:

Entertainment Weekly (11/20/98, p.125) - "...The songs don't rely on solidly welded melodies or razor-sharp lyrical detail as much as on turbulent orchestration, nudged-along beats, and a vague, undefined sense of inner turmoil...the results are chilly pop elegance..." - Rating: B+

Album Notes

Personnel includes: Seal (vocals, guitar, bass); Chris Bruce (guitar, bass); Danny Saber (guitar, programming); Gregg Arreguin, Chester Kaymen, Gus Isadore, Heitor Perrera, Wendy Melvoin, Ramon Stagnaro (guitar); Jamie Muhoberac (keyboards, bass, programming); Grant Mitchell (keyboards, programming); Dave Palmer, David Sancious, Mike Garson, George De Angelis, Lisa Coleman (keyboards); Earl Harvin (drums, bass, guitar); Alex Acuna, Andy Duncan (percussion); Andy Richards, Dave McCracken, William Orbit (programming).

Engineers: Tim Weidner, Stephen Fitzmaurice.

From the spacious, catchy title track that kicks things off, HUMAN BEING continues Seal's unique brand of pop craftsmanship. Filled with the pure, soulful vocals, dramatic compositions and airy arrangements that resonate with Seal's worldwide audience, the album is another fine addition to his canon. Introducing programming into the mix, he expands on the already miles-deep sonic palette which marks all of his work, thanks in part to producer Trevor Horn, who miraculously makes even the busiest musical passage seem as expansive as the heavens.

The strong but elegant march of "State Of Grace" drives home Seal's seriousness of purpose, both lyrically and musically. "The Latest Craze" boasts sweet harmonic accompaniment and subtle programming adornment. Things move up close for the tender "Just Like You Said," which features an unusually up-front vocal and acoustic guitar track in a slow, steady build to the kind of dramatic burst of energy that's become a Seal trademark.


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