Seal (1991 album)

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Seal
Studio album by Seal
Released May 1991 (UK)
11 June 1991 (US)
Recorded November 1990 – April 1991
Genre Soul, R&B, electro, new jack swing
Length 52:17
Label ZTT, Warner Music UK, Sire
Producer Trevor Horn
Seal chronology
Seal
(1991)
Seal
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars1
Robert Christgau (choice cut)2
Entertainment Weekly A3

Seal is the eponymous debut album by Seal, released in 1991. It contains the UK singles "Killer" (originally performed with Adamski), "Crazy", "Future Love Paradise", "The Beginning" and "Violet". The album debuted at #1 in the UK. Seal's following album, released in 1994, was also named Seal - it is usually referred to as Seal II.

The song "Crazy" was covered by Me First and the Gimme Gimmes on their album Take a Break, by Mushroomhead on their album XIII, by Talisman on their 1995 album Life, by Alanis Morissette on her 2005 compilation album Alanis Morissette: The Collection, and by German power metal band Iron Savior.

Many of the songs (including various ZTT mixes) were featured in the Greg Stump 1991 film Groove Requiem in the Key of Ski.citation needed Later Seal tracks appeared in other Stump films as well.

There are two versions of the album, with minor and major differences in three songs.4 The shorter version of Wild is more rock heavy than the original. The shorter version of Violet contains no dialogue within the singing. Track lengths of both versions are given for each song affected.

The album won Best British Album at the 1992 Brit Awards.

Track listing

All lyrics and music written by Seal, except where noted.

  1. "The Beginning" (Seal, Guy Sigsworth) – 5:40
  2. "Deep Water" – 5:56
  3. "Crazy" (Seal, Guy Sigsworth) – 4:47/5:57
  4. "Killer" (Adam Tinley, Seal) – 6:22
  5. "Whirlpool" – 3:56/3:51
  6. "Future Love Paradise" – 4:20
  7. "Wild" (Seal, Guy Sigsworth) – 5:19/5:28
  8. "Show Me" – 5:59
  9. "Violet" (Seal, Guy Sigsworth) – 8:06/8:31

Singles

Release date Title Peak
1990-11-2626 November 1990 "Crazy" 2
1991-04April 1991 "Future Love Paradise" 12
1991-07-2222 July 1991 "The Beginning" 24
1991-11-2121 November 1991 "Killer" 8
1992-02-1717 February 1992 "Violet" 34

References

  1. ^ MacKenzie Wilson (1991-06-11). "Seal [1991] - Seal : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Seal". Robert Christgau. 
  3. ^ Linden, Amy (1991-08-16). "Seal Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-05-04. 
  4. ^ "Seal (Debut album) remixed/edited version". Futureloveparadise.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
Preceded by
Greatest Hits by Eurythmics
UK number one album
1 June 1991 – 21 June 1991
Succeeded by
Greatest Hits by Eurythmics