Seal (1994 album)

Seal (sometimes referred to as Seal II to avoid confusion with the 1991 album of the same name) is the second eponymous studio album by British singer Seal. The album was released in 1994 on ZTT and Sire Records and features the worldwide smash hit single "Kiss from a Rose".

Seal
Seal-Seal(1994).jpg
Studio album by
Released23 May 1994 [1]
Recorded1993–1994
StudioSarm West (London)
Genre
Length50:29
Label
ProducerTrevor Horn
Seal chronology
Seal
(1991)
Seal
(1994)
Human Being
(1998)
Singles from Seal
  1. "Prayer for the Dying"
    Released: 9 May 1994 [3]
  2. "Kiss from a Rose"
    Released: 18 July 1994
  3. "Newborn Friend"
    Released: 24 October 1994
  4. "I'm Alive"
    Released: 1995
  5. "Don't Cry"
    Released: 27 November 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[4]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(dud)[5]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[6]
Entertainment WeeklyA[2]
Los Angeles Times[7]
Rolling Stone[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[9]

The image on the cover has since become nearly synonymous with Seal, in that it has appeared on several singles covers and was reused for his greatest hits album.

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Bring It On"3:58
2."Prayer for the Dying"
  • Isidore
  • Seal
5:30
3."Dreaming in Metaphors"
  • Isidore
  • Seal
5:52
4."Don't Cry"Seal6:17
5."Fast Changes"
  • Isidore
  • Seal
5:42
6."Kiss from a Rose"Seal4:47
7."People Asking Why"Seal4:45
8."Newborn Friend"Seal4:05
9."If I Could" (duet with Joni Mitchell)Seal4:16
10."I'm Alive"
  • Coleman
  • Melvoin
  • Rizzo
  • Isidore
  • Seal
4:02
11."Bring It On (Reprise)"
  • Bruce
  • Coleman
  • Melvoin
  • Rizzo
  • Isidore
  • Seal
1:15

PersonnelEdit

  • Seal – vocals
  • Gus Isidore, Jamie Muhoberac, Lisa Coleman, Wendy Melvoin – principal musicians
  • Joseph "Amp" Fiddler, Andy Duncan, Andy Newmark, Anne Dudley, Anthony Pleeth, Barry Wilde, Ben Cruft, Betsy Cook, Bill Benham, Bob Smissen, Boguslaw Kostecki, Carmen Rizzo, Charley Drayton, Chris Bruce, Chris Laurence, D'Influence, David Oladunni, David Theodore, Derek Watkins, Dick Morgan, Eddie Roberts, Garfield Jackson, Gavyn Wright, George Robertson, Gota Yashiki, Harvey Mason, Helen Liebmann, Ian Thomas, Jackie Shave, Jeff Beck, Jim McLeod, John Pigneguy, Jonathan Evans-Jones, Judd Proctor, Katie Wilkinson, Laurence Cottle, Luís Jardim, Maciej Rakowski, Mark Berrow, Mark Mann, Martin Loveday, Mike Brittain, Mike De Saulles, Nick Busch, Pandit Dinesh, Patrick Kiernan, Paul Kegg, Perry Montague-Mason, Peter Oxer, Phil Spalding, Pino Palladino, Richard Cottle, Rita Manning, Roger Garland, Roger Smith, Sam Maitland, Sarah Webb, Seal, Tim Weidner, Tony Stanton, Trevor Horn, Wilfred Gibson, William Orbit – musicians
  • Anne Dudley, Wil Malone – string arrangements
  • Eric Caudieux – programming
  • Graeme Perkins – orchestration
  • Nick Knight – cover photography

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Certifications and sales for Seal II
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[32] Platinum 70,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[33] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[34] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[35] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[36] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[37] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[38] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[39] Platinum 1,000,000*

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

ReferencesEdit

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