11 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Seal made his name with songs about lust, and into middle-age, we have the bittersweet answers to his youthful protestations of love. With “Daylight Saving" we hear the painful truth of a relationship demise (adding emotion his very public real life divorce), while single "Every Time I'm With You" dreams of better times. It's not all heartbroken torch songs: house producer Jamie Odell adds a subtle Italo disco spin to "Life On the Dancefloor" and the dramatic "Padded Cell". The rawness of his voice in "Do You Ever" and "The Big Love Has Died”'s head-on dissections of fading love, however, shows that Seal exists on an elevated plain separating extraordinary balladeers from ordinary ones.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Seal made his name with songs about lust, and into middle-age, we have the bittersweet answers to his youthful protestations of love. With “Daylight Saving" we hear the painful truth of a relationship demise (adding emotion his very public real life divorce), while single "Every Time I'm With You" dreams of better times. It's not all heartbroken torch songs: house producer Jamie Odell adds a subtle Italo disco spin to "Life On the Dancefloor" and the dramatic "Padded Cell". The rawness of his voice in "Do You Ever" and "The Big Love Has Died”'s head-on dissections of fading love, however, shows that Seal exists on an elevated plain separating extraordinary balladeers from ordinary ones.

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