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Seal rose to fame in 1990 with the number one single, Killer with Adamski. The success of the song had lead him to be signed with ZTT Records and his debut & self-titled album to be released the following year. The album itself also reached number one in the charts, and well deserved in my opinion. Out of all the Seal albums, I think this album has the strongest commercial feel to it because of the overall dance nature in tracks such as Killer and The Beginning. In the next few albums he opted for a more soulful sound, but returned to his dance routes in his 2007 album, System.
My favourite thing about the album is the song-writing. They're very imaginative and catchy. Most of the time they have a good meaning to it and it captivates and works well with the upbeat tempos and electronic influences. I like the use subtle use of metaphors and chants about the lack of peace because I think it works well and helps make the album a good one. Lyrics have been a strong point in Seal's albums.
"Racism in among future kings can only lead to no good, besides, all our sons and daughters already know how that feels." - Killer, quote is recycled in Future Love Paradise.
Killer is hands down my favourite track of the album for its intense production and attitude. It has the same effect as a Depeche Mode song: fun and thoughtful, with a modern touch. A bonus for me was the thrown in "Yeah!" in the middle of the song because I had the impression that Seal was having fun recording the song. I also love Crazy a lot, the tempo is slow compared to Killer, but I think the tempo is slow enough to make trance beats in the song engaging. An honourable mention can go to Future Love Paradise for it's interesting compositions and use royal metaphors.
Killer, Crazy, Future Love Paradise are defiantly the best tracks here but the rest of the tracks sound like fillers. As much as I enjoyed the rest of the tracks and believe that they are well earned 4/5. I'm also somewhat disapointed in them at the same time. Almost everything in the songs are great but lacks that substance. I'm a great fan of his vocals, but it's at his weakest here, especially at The Beginning where he sounds a little bit strained. Though all is not lost because Seal still manages to portay raw emotion in his vocals.
At times the album suffers with some repetitions and recycling. I think it's his weakest album to date because it's hasn't grown on me as fast as his later work has done. I think he works in this genre very well and happy he continued it in System. I wouldn't mind listening to it again, but I think I'll only be listening to Killer, Crazy and Future Love Paradise as opposed to the whole album. I still like it and would probably still recommend it. It's still a very confident first album and Seal improves greatly in future albums. If you like George Michael, Simply Red and Sade, there's a chance that you'll like this album.
1. The Beginning - "The beginning saw existence of a chosen dream, but then came pain." 4/5
2. Deep Water - "A shade of pain and then we die. " 5/5
3. Crazy - "In a world full of people only some want to fly isn't that crazy." 5/5
4. Killer - "Solitary brother, is there still a part of you that wants to live? Solitary sister, is there still a part of you that wants to give?" 5/5
5. Whirlpool - "To the castle that I make where the moon lights the way. " 4/5
6. Future Love Paradise - "The riders will not stop us, cause the only love they'll find is paradise." 5/5
7. Wild - "Wild laces with diamonds in your hair. " 4/5
8. Show Me - "Welcome to the new world, let me join your hand." 4/5
9. Violet - "A violet unicorn to me that's alright." 4/5
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Beginning, The
2 Deep Water
6 Future Love Paradise
8 Show Me