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Ratings and Reviews

3.9 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 Ratings

torus ,

Seal bares his "Soul"

Yeah, yeah we all know a performer can't go wrong doing the standards: they can snag young and old music buyers alike. Sometimes the results fall flatter than a compact disc (you shameless performers know who you are). With "Soul," Seal wraps his chops around the R&B classics and nails it with his own soulful style. Somewhere Sam Cooke is smiling.

ChuckD ,

He really put his "Soul" into this one!!!

This is a must have if you're a fan of Seal and his music.  It's great to see him risk of taking on these timeless classics, and the reward is all ours as his interpretation of them is true to both himself, and the genre.  You won't be disappointed as Seal really finds his range and lends his unique style to these ageless soul standards.  Soul is a very different type of album than what many are used to from Seal, but it still remains unmistakably Seal, and he succeeds in putting his imprint on this great collection of songs and making them his own, no small feat!

Myxzylplyx ,

Starbucks Express

Seal's "Soul" is aimed straight for the wallets of the Starbucks and Borders crowd. Not Great. Not Bad. This uninspired, lazy collection of classic soul remakes is decidedly middle-of-the-road and safe. Featuring a song selection that can be heard weekly sung by American Idol contestants, the recording rarely rises above generic. His rendition of Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long" is the only song here above average. Disco classic "Knock On Wood" is stripped of all flavor and microwaved to light-rock mush here.  I challenge any R&B aficionado to listen any more than a minute of this singer murder Ann Pebbles' "I Can't Stand The Rain". Seal's version of Al Green's "I'm Still In Love With You" and "Here I Am" are so polished that the songs rendered soul-less.

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