Human Being (album)

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Human Being
Studio album by Seal
Released November 16, 1998
Recorded 1996–1998
Genre Soul, pop[1]
Length 51:35
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Trevor Horn
Seal chronology
Human Being
Seal IV
(2003)Seal IV2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[3]

Human Being is the third album by Seal, released in 1998. The title track was written about late rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.[1] Human Being received mixed reviews ranging from being panned for its overtly dark and moody feel,[3] to being described in terms such as "pop perfection".[1] The album failed to sell in the same way as his 1994 multi-platinum album, Seal. However, it is a fan favourite and was inspired by his then-girlfriend, Tyra Banks and their breakup.[citation needed]

A remix of "Lost My Faith" was featured over the closing credits of the 1999 film Entrapment, and the song's single release was accompanied by a music video in which Seal is integrated into scenes from the film alongside Sean Connery and Catherine Zeta-Jones.

The album sold over 500,000 copies worldwide.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Human Beings" (Seal) – 4:36
  2. "State of Grace" (Seal, Chris Bruce) – 5:00
  3. "Latest Craze" (Seal, Earl Harvin) – 4:28
  4. "Just Like You Said" (Seal, Chris Bruce) – 4:14
  5. "Princess" (Seal) – 1:58
  6. "Lost My Faith" (Seal, Reggie Hamilton) – 4:35
  7. "Excerpt From" (Seal) – 3:04
  8. "When a Man Is Wrong" (Seal) – 4:18
  9. "Colour" (Seal) – 5:22
  10. "Still Love Remains" (Seal) – 5:54
  11. "No Easy Way" (Seal) – 4:48
  12. "Human Beings (Reprise)" (Seal) – 3:21



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Latvia (LaMPA)[4] Gold 4,000
New Zealand (RMNZ)[5] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[6] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^

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


  1. ^ a b c d Prato, Greg (1998-11-17). "Human Being - Seal". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  2. ^ David Browne (1998-11-16). "Human Being Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  3. ^ a b Evelyn McDonnell (1998-11-17). "Seal: Human Being : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-02. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  4. ^ "International Latvian Certification Awards from 1998 to 2001". Latvian Music Producers Association. Directupload. 2001. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Seal – Human Being". Recorded Music NZ. 
  6. ^ "British album certifications – Seal – Human Being". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Human Being in the search field and then press Enter.
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Seal – Human Being". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
  • Other references for Track listing and Personnel sections are from the album liner notes