Soul (Seal album)

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Soul
Studio album by Seal
Released November 10, 2008
Recorded 2008 in United States
(Chartmaker Studios, Capitol Records and Record Plant)
Genre Soul, R&B
Label 143, Warner Bros.
Producer David Foster, Jochem van der Saag
Seal chronology
System
(2007)
Soul
(2008)
Commitment
(2010)
Singles from Soul
  1. "A Change Is Gonna Come"
  2. "It's a Man's Man's Man's World"
    Released: 10 November 2008 (UK)
  3. "It's Alright"
    Released: 16 March 2009 (UK)
  4. "I Can't Stand the Rain"
    Released: March 2009 (Brazil)[1]
  5. "If You Don't Know Me By Now"
    Released: March 2009 (U.S.)[2]
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 59/100[3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[4]
Billboard positive[5]
Entertainment Weekly B−[6]
PopMatters 5/10 stars[7]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[8]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[9]
The Toronto Star 3.5/4 stars[10]
Vibe 2.5/5 stars[11]
A Change Is Gonna Come – Single Cover
It's A Man's Man's Man's World – Single Cover
It's Alright – Single Cover

Soul is the sixth studio album by British singer Seal, which was released on 10 November 2008. The album was produced by David Foster, and co-produced, engineered and mixed by Jochem van der Saag.[12] It is made up of cover versions of eleven soul music classics.[13][14]

The album charted within the top 10 in twelve countries. In the United Kingdom, the album charted at number twelve. As of January 2012, the album had sold 419,841 copies in the UK.[15] The album peaked at number thirteen in the United States on the Billboard Hot 100. It has since sold 547,000 copies in the US.[16]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "A Change Is Gonna Come"   Sam Cooke 3:55
2. "I Can't Stand the Rain"   Ann Peebles, Don Bryant, Bernard Miller 3:35
3. "It's a Man's Man's Man's World"   James Brown, Betty Jean Newsome 3:53
4. "Here I Am (Come and Take Me)"   Al Green, Mabon Hodges 4:10
5. "I've Been Loving You Too Long"   Otis Redding, Jerry Butler 3:08
6. "It's Alright"   Curtis Mayfield 3:47
7. "If You Don't Know Me by Now"   Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff 3:50
8. "Knock on Wood"   Eddie Floyd, Steve Cropper 3:22
9. "I'm Still in Love with You"   Al Green, Willie Mitchell, Al Jackson Jr. 4:37
10. "Free"   Henry Redd, Susaye Green, Nathan Watts, Deniece Williams 3:27
11. "Stand by Me"   Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller 4:06
12. "People Get Ready"   Curtis Mayfield 3:35

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Argentina Albums Chart[17] 12
Australian Albums Chart[18] 16
Austrian Albums Chart 8
Greek Albums Chart 7
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 2
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 1
Canadian Albums Chart 11
Dutch Albums Chart 7
European Albums Chart 3
French Albums Chart 1
German Albums Chart 15
Italian Albums Chart 5
Netherlands Albums Chart 6
Spanish Albums Chart[19] 10
Swedish Albums Chart 6
Swiss Albums Chart 4
UK Albums Chart 12
U.S. Billboard 200 13
U.S. Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 4

End-of-year charts[edit]

Year Country Chart Ranking
2008 France SNEP End Of Year Singles #2[20]
2009 France SNEP End Of Year Singles #2[21]

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Position
Swiss Albums Chart[22] 14

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[23] Gold 10,000x
Australia (ARIA)[24] Gold 35,000^
Belgium (BEA)[25] Gold 15,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[26] Platinum 80,000^
France (SNEP)[27] Diamond 750,000*
Germany (BVMI)[28] Gold 100,000^
Italy (FIMI)[29] Gold 35,000*
Sweden (GLF)[30] Gold 20,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[31] Platinum 30,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[32] Platinum 300,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[33] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ [2][dead link]
  3. ^ Metacritic score
  4. ^ Allmusic review
  5. ^ Billboard review at the Wayback Machine (archived November 15, 2008)
  6. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  7. ^ PopMatters review
  8. ^ Robert Christgau review
  9. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived November 29, 2008)
  10. ^ The Toronto Star review
  11. ^ Vibe review at the Wayback Machine (archived December 21, 2008)
  12. ^ http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/apr09/articles/it_0409.htm Article by Paul Tingen on van der Saag's work on Soul, in Sound on Sound magazine
  13. ^ Cohen, Jonathan (1 October 2008). http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/1043914/seal-sings-from-his-soul-on-new-album Seal Sings from His 'Soul' on New Album. Billboard. Retrieved on 4 October 2008.
  14. ^ Seal's Soul. Auspop (4 October 2008). Retrieved on 4 October 2008.
  15. ^ Jones, Alan (30 January 2012). "Official Chart Analysis: Sales slow, but Sheeran and Cover Drive reign". Music Week. Retrieved 2 February 2012. 
  16. ^ Caulfield, Keith (1 February 2012). "Tim McGraw Scores Top Billboard 200 Debut, Adele Still No. 1". Billboard. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "Representando a la Industria Argentina de la Música" (in Spanish). CAPIF. 31 January 2010. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  18. ^ Top 50 Albums Chart – Australian Recording Industry Association. ARIA. Retrieved 16 November 2008.
  19. ^ "Spanish Albums Chart". Promusicae.org. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  20. ^ [3][dead link]
  21. ^ "Tops & Flops musicaux en 2009" (in French). Chartsinfrance.net. 28 December 2009. Retrieved 4 September 2010. 
  22. ^ "Swiss Year-End Charts 2009". Media Control. Hung Medien. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  23. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Seal – Soul" (in German). IFPI Austria.  Enter Seal in the field Interpret. Enter Soul in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  24. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2008 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  25. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – 2008". Ultratop & Hung Medien / hitparade.ch. 
  26. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Seal – Soul". Music Canada. 
  27. ^ "Les Albums Diamant" (in France). InfoDisc. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  28. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Seal; 'Soul')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  29. ^ "Italian album certifications – Seal – Soul" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry.  Select Album e Compilation in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Seal in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  30. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 2008" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  31. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Seal; 'Soul')". Hung Medien. 
  32. ^ "British album certifications – Seal – Soul". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Soul in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go
  33. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 2008". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. 

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