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Seal emerged from England's house music scene in 1990 to become the most popular British soul vocalist of that decade. Although his earliest material still showed signs of acid house, by the mid-'90s he was known for a distinctive fusion of soul, folk, pop, dance, and rock that brought him success on both sides of the Atlantic. Early on, he enjoyed a very high level of success -- an Ivor Novello Award was given to him for the writing of his first single, and he won three Grammy Awards only a few years later. His albums were typically released a few years apart, yet they tended to earn multiple gold and platinum certifications in different countries. The son of Nigerian and Brazilian parents, Seal, born Sealhenry Samuel in 1963, was raised in England. After graduating with an architectural degree, he took various jobs around London, including electrical engineering and designing leather clothing. After a while, he began singing in local clubs and bars. He joined an English funk band called Push, touring Japan with the band in the mid-'80s. When he was in Asia, he joined a Thailand-based blues band. After a short time with that group, he traveled throughout India on his own. Upon returning to England, Seal met Adamski, a house and techno producer who had yet to make much of an impression in the U.K. Seal provided the lyrics and vocals for Adamski's "Killer," which became a number one U.K. hit in 1990 and was acknowledged with an Ivor Novello Award. Seal signed a solo recording contract with ZTT and recorded his eponymous debut album with label founder Trevor Horn, who had previously worked with Yes, ABC, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and Grace Jones, among others. The first single pulled from the album, "Crazy," became a number 15 hit in the U.K. in 1990 and reached number seven in the U.S. upon its release there the following year. Seal was likewise a success, reaching number 24 in America and selling over three-million copies around the world. Seal subsequently took three years to complete his second album. In between the two records, he appeared on the Jimi Hendrix tribute album Stone Free, singing on Jeff Beck's version of "Manic Depression." In the summer of 1994, he released his second album, also titled Seal. Preceded by the American Top 40 hit "Prayer for the Dying," the album did well upon its release, peaking at number 20 and selling a million copies by the spring of 1995, but it didn't really take off until a year after its release, when "Kiss from a Rose" was featured on the soundtrack to Batman Forever. That song became a number one pop single in America and spent a total of 12 weeks at the top of the adult contemporary chart. Its success sent the parent album into multi-platinum status; two years after its original release, the album had sold over four million copies in the U.S. alone. Additionally, the song was connected to three Grammy awards: Record of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Male Pop Vocal Performance. Human Being, Seal's third album, hit the shelves in 1998 and didn't fare nearly as well on a commercial level. Five years passed -- a period that included the recording of Togetherland, a shelved album Seal termed "crap" -- prior to the release of Seal IV. That album put the singer back in the Top Ten of the U.K. album chart and, for the first time, in the U.S. Top Ten. As another lengthy between-album period ensued, there were a couple stopgap packages, namely Best: 1991-2004 and the live CD/DVD combo Live in Paris. Additionally, Seal married Heidi Klum, who appeared as a duet partner on "Wedding Day," a song on the 2007 album System. For the next several years, Seal was more productive than ever. He switched gears with Soul (2008), for which he covered classic soul songs. In eight territories, the album was certified gold, platinum, or diamond, while it reached number 13 in the U.S. It was produced by David Foster, who remained a creative partner for Commitment (2010) and Soul 2 (2011), the latter of which -- a second set of covers -- also involved Trevor Horn. The album 7 (2015), issued three years after Seal and Klum's divorce, was previewed with the tracks "Every Time I'm with You" and "Do You Ever." Those two songs, as well as all others on the album, were produced by Horn. Seal then signed with Decca and worked with producer Nick Patrick at Los Angeles' historic Capitol Studios on a set of pop standards. Enlisting a seasoned team of jazz and pop veterans in the studio where Frank Sinatra famously recorded, Seal emerged with his tenth album, Standards, in 2017. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  2.   Kiss from a Rose
  3.   Crazy
  4.   Fly Like an Eagle
  5.   Love's Divine
  6.   A Change Is Gonna Come
  7.   This Christmas
  8.   The Wind Cries Mary
  9.   Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
  10.   Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting)
  11.   Walk on By
  12.   Don't Cry
  13.   I'm Still in Love with You
  14.   Killer
  15.   Free
  16.   Newborn Friend
  17.   Back Stabbers
  18.   The Right Life
  19.   Stand by Me
  20.   Colour
  21.   I Can't Stand the Rain
  22.   If You Don't Know Me by Now
  23.   Mad World
  24.   Anyone Who Knows What Love Is
  25.   Puff (The Magic Dragon)
  26.   Future Love Paradise
  27.   Luck Be a Lady
  28.   Deep Water
  29.   Show Me
  30.   Let's Stay Together
  31.   Krazy
  32.   Wild
  33.   I'm Alive
  34.   Padded Cell
  35.   Best of Me
  36.   It's a Man's Man's Man's World
  37.   Waiting for You
  38.   This Could Be Heaven
  39.   Bring It On
  40.   Redzone Killer
  41.   Life on the Dancefloor
  42.   Do You Ever
  43.   Get It Together/Here I Am (Come and Take Me)/Knock on Wood
  44.   Oh Girl
  45.   Weight of My Mistakes
  46.   Thank You
  47.   I Am Your Man
  48.   People Get Ready
  49.   Here I Am (Come and Take Me)
  50.   Rolling
  51.   System
  52.   If It's in My Mind, It's on My Face
  53.   Amazing
  54.   Heavenly... (Good Feeling)
  55.   Touch
  56.   Just Like You Said
  57.   Latest Craze
  58.   The Beginning
  59.   Hey Joe
  60.   Violet
  61.   Whirlpool
  62.   Prayer for the Dying
  63.   Dreaming in Metaphors
  64.   Fast Changes
  65.   Cry to Me
  66.   My Girl
  67.   Nibiru
  68.   Outro
  69.   Epic Smash
  70.   Bottle Service
  71.   I'm on That Level
  72.   The Nearness of You
  73.   I'm Beginning to See the Light by The Puppini Sisters
  74.   My Funny Valentine
  75.   Love for Sale
  76.   They Can't Take That Away From Me
  77.   I Put a Spell on You
  78.   Autumn Leaves
  79.   It Was a Very Good Year
  80.   Crazy by Laura Promiscuo
  81.   Love
  82.   Let Yourself
  83.   Half a Heart
  84.   Monascow
  85.   The Big Love Has Died
  86.   Daylight Saving
  87.   Every Time I'm With You
  88.   Don't Let It Bring You Down
  89.   Lean on Me
  90.   Love Won't Let Me Wait
  91.   I'll Be Around
  92.   Love Don't Live Here Anymore
  93.   What's Going On
  94.   Ooh Baby Baby
  95.   Love T.K.O.
  96.   About "Don't Make Me Wait"
  97.   You Get Me
  98.   The Way I Lie
  99.   Silence
  100.   Secret
  101.   Letting Go
  102.   If I'm Any Closer
  103.   I Know What You Did
  104.   Big Time
  105.   All for Love
  106.   A Father's Way
  107.   In the Midnight Hour
  108.   Knock on Wood
  109.   It's Alright
  110.   I've Been Loving You Too Long
  111.   Immaculate
  112.   Dumb
  113.   Wedding Day
  114.   Loaded
  115.   Just Like Before
  116.   Life on Mars?
  117.   Killer (Part 1)
  118.   Lips Like Sugar
  119.   Loneliest Star
  120.   Tinsel Town
  121.   Where There's Gold
  122.   Don't Make Me Wait
  123.   Get It Together
  124.   Let Me Roll
  125.   My Vision
  126.   Blues in 'E'
  127.   Still Love Remains
  128.   When a Man Is Wrong
  129.   Excerpt From
  130.   Lost My Faith
  131.   Princess
  132.   State of Grace
  133.   Human Beings
  134.   Come See What Love Has Done
  135.   This Is Mogadiscio
  136.   Forever Grinding
  137.   Both Sides Now
  138.   People Asking Why
  139.   Intro
  140.   I've Got You Under My Skin
  141.   Mad World
  142.   Overture From "One Night to Remember"
  143.   Wishing on a Star
  144.   Mona Lisa
  145.   If I Could
  146.   Sparkle
  147.   No Easy Way
  148.   Smile
  149.   Lullaby
  150.   About "Where There's Gold"
  151.   The Hate
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