14 Songs, 1 Hour 6 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Seal never really established a single definitive sound. The thread that ties his almost twenty-year career together is surely his voice. Breathy but not husky, sensitive but not sentimental, it often feels like a masculine equivalent to Sade’s mysterious coo. The various soundscapes that appear on this greatest hits collection are mostly the work of songwriter and producer Trevor Horn, whose extended collaboration with Seal is unique in a career defined by one-off projects for everyone from Yes to Pet Shop Boys to Belle & Sebastian. Horn is responsible for “Crazy” and “Kiss From a Rose,” Seal’s two most memorable songs — the first a hypnotic house-inflected tune in which Seal’s voice blends completely within the contours of the music, while the latter is a stately and ornately orchestrated ballad that won Horn and Seal a Grammy award in 1996. But the most welcome surprise of Best, 1991-2004 is its covers. Seal turns Steve Miller’s “Fly Like An Eagle” into a sequel to “Crazy,” while “Walk On By” remains moody and bluesy beneath a techno beat. Some Best Ofs suffer from jarring diversity, but Best, 1991-2004 makes an asset of its varied terrain. Its multi-layered playlist goes to show that all Seal has to do to make a song his is sing on it.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Seal never really established a single definitive sound. The thread that ties his almost twenty-year career together is surely his voice. Breathy but not husky, sensitive but not sentimental, it often feels like a masculine equivalent to Sade’s mysterious coo. The various soundscapes that appear on this greatest hits collection are mostly the work of songwriter and producer Trevor Horn, whose extended collaboration with Seal is unique in a career defined by one-off projects for everyone from Yes to Pet Shop Boys to Belle & Sebastian. Horn is responsible for “Crazy” and “Kiss From a Rose,” Seal’s two most memorable songs — the first a hypnotic house-inflected tune in which Seal’s voice blends completely within the contours of the music, while the latter is a stately and ornately orchestrated ballad that won Horn and Seal a Grammy award in 1996. But the most welcome surprise of Best, 1991-2004 is its covers. Seal turns Steve Miller’s “Fly Like An Eagle” into a sequel to “Crazy,” while “Walk On By” remains moody and bluesy beneath a techno beat. Some Best Ofs suffer from jarring diversity, but Best, 1991-2004 makes an asset of its varied terrain. Its multi-layered playlist goes to show that all Seal has to do to make a song his is sing on it.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
39 Ratings

39 Ratings

LchristinaH ,

Kiss from a Rose

I've been tracking this song for a month, and ive finally found it! This is my favorite song that isnt from the past year. I love how his voices blend together and you can listen to one and it says something different than you heard before. Each time I listen to it i get a different impression than the one before. He has a great voice and has a great range that is expressed in this song. This song relates to life and love and faith. I hope everyone will enjoy it.

welshy332 ,

purely amazing!

everyone knows that seal is just plain amazing, but this album simply puts him over the top! all his top songs allow this album to fly over any others. these top somgs are lyrically inspiring and musically enchanting! He's amazing and should never stop singing... I LOVE SEAL!

The Pasta Sauce ,

Simply Unbelievable

Saying that Seal is bad at singing soul music is like saying Bill Gates is bad at making money. It doesn't happen. Seal is definetly one of my top 3 singers of all time, and his soulish rock style is amazing. The songs I rate 5 stars on this album are: Crazy, Kiss from a Rose, Fly Like An Eagle, and Future Love Paradise. The 4 star songs are Don't Cry, My Vision, Love's Divine, and Walk On By. The rest I would give a 3.5 star rating. As you can see, NOT A SINGLE SONG included in this album is not worth 99 cents. I'd buy em all if they were 2 bucks each. Seal has more talent then any singer I've ever heard, and this album truly shows it.

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