12 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

It'd be erroneous to call any of Seal’s albums “gritty,” but 2003's Seal IV has a blues-based punchiness that can’t be found in his other works. You can hear it right away in “Get It Together” and “Waiting for You,” both of which have a surprisingly authentic ‘70s R&B feel. Seal IV has the air of an album that was played live in the studio. Part of that comes from the participation of Mark Batson: a classically trained pianist who cowrote and produced six tracks and would go on to become a renowned rap producer for the likes of Dr. Dre and Eminem. While Batson’s tracks are immediately recognizable for their earthy, organic feel—just check out the gutsy “Let Me Roll” or the Beatles-inflected reggae track “Where There’s Gold”—Seal’s longtime producer Trevor Horn is on hand to assert the more classical side of the singer's sound; see the softly brooding performances of “Tinsel Town” and “Loneliest Star” and the light electronica of “My Vision.” And witness the chamber orchestrations of “Don’t Make Me Wait”: an Otis Redding tearjerker dressed up in a tuxedo at the Philharmonic.

EDITORS’ NOTES

It'd be erroneous to call any of Seal’s albums “gritty,” but 2003's Seal IV has a blues-based punchiness that can’t be found in his other works. You can hear it right away in “Get It Together” and “Waiting for You,” both of which have a surprisingly authentic ‘70s R&B feel. Seal IV has the air of an album that was played live in the studio. Part of that comes from the participation of Mark Batson: a classically trained pianist who cowrote and produced six tracks and would go on to become a renowned rap producer for the likes of Dr. Dre and Eminem. While Batson’s tracks are immediately recognizable for their earthy, organic feel—just check out the gutsy “Let Me Roll” or the Beatles-inflected reggae track “Where There’s Gold”—Seal’s longtime producer Trevor Horn is on hand to assert the more classical side of the singer's sound; see the softly brooding performances of “Tinsel Town” and “Loneliest Star” and the light electronica of “My Vision.” And witness the chamber orchestrations of “Don’t Make Me Wait”: an Otis Redding tearjerker dressed up in a tuxedo at the Philharmonic.

TITLE TIME

Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
62 Ratings

62 Ratings

John Coltrain ,

Great CD

I would highly recommend this album to anyone. The more you listen to it the better it gets. Great summer music for a party. easy relaxing but upbeat when it needs to be... Seal has an amazing voice that does not go unnoticed. Keep up the great tunes Seal. Buy this album, its a great collection item!

Extro ,

All his heart and soul into this one.

This is such an amazing CD...seems like one of his sadest...but with a glimpse of hope. With all the
negativity out there, Seal, through his CD reminds us of how we can counter it with positive reinforcement, Love that we possess in ourselves, that is so...Divine.

BBuurrenn776 ,

Best Album Yet

Seal is one of the most amazing singers to listen to listen to right now. It is a great album and I would give it 10 stars if I could.

More By Seal

You May Also Like