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Seal IV [CD & DVD]

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Seal 4/20/2004

Review

Besides taking his usual multi-year hiatus before releasing Seal IV, the artist scrapped a whole album's worth of material, feeling he couldn't stand behind the strength of the songs (should this be Seal IV.I?). It's disappointing, then, that the songs on Seal IV lack any of the Grammy-grabbing flair of his earlier releases. What saves it is a conviction that is high enough to overcome the material's weaknesses, a voice that is more driven than usual, and some genuine moments of songwriting inspiration. "Let Me Roll" has a cool swagger and fun wordplay, and the yearning ballad "Loneliest Star" is only a few steps away from "Kiss from a Rose." Opener "Get It Together" offers an Up With People understanding of the state of the world with its "everyone is beautiful" sentimentality, but it's the funky backbeat and gritty vocals that make it more Al Green than Lee Greenwood. A re-recording of Seal's collaboration with Jakatta, "My Vision" is given new life through more restrained than usual production from Trevor Horn. The absence of Horn's usual bombast throughout the album allows Seal's voice (in every sense of the word) to be the focus. It's a good move, and if the totally solid Jakatta-sourced track is any indication, a break from Horn might be beneficial next time. Despite being heavy with unexceptional tunes, Seal IV has enough going for it to warrant the next four years of anticipation. [Seal IV was reissued in 2004 with a bonus DVD containing the whole album in a spacious 5.1 Surround Sound mix along with three videos.] ~ David Jeffries
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Get It Together Seal 3:58
  3. 2 Love's Divine Seal 4:36
  4. 3 Waiting for You Seal 3:44
  5. 4 My Vision Seal 4:48
  6. 5 Don't Make Me Wait Seal 4:31
  7. 6 Let Me Roll Seal 3:52
  8. 7 Touch Seal 5:21
  9. 8 Where There's Gold Seal 5:12
  10. 9 Loneliest Star Seal 4:5
  11. 10 Heavenly... (Good Feeling) Seal 5:2
  12. 11 Tinsel Town Seal 5:51
  13. 12 Get It Together (Reprise) Seal 1:18
  14. 13 Love's Divine [Multimedia Track] Seal null:null
  15. 14 Get It Together [Multimedia Track] Seal null:null
  16. 15 Waiting for You [Multimedia Track] Seal null:null

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