Human Being (album)

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Human Being
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Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 16, 1998
Recorded1996–1998
Genre
Length51:35
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerTrevor Horn
Seal chronology
Seal
(1994)
Human Being
(1998)
Seal IV
(2003)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[3]
Sputnikmusic4/5[4]

Human Being is the third studio 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

Personnel[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Latvia (LaMPA)[5] Gold 4,000
New Zealand (RMNZ)[6] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[8] Gold 500,000^

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

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Seal: Human Being". Sputnikmusic. sputnikmusic.com. Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  5. ^ "International Latvian Certification Awards from 1998 to 2001". Latvian Music Producers Association. Directupload. 2001. Retrieved 19 October 2015.
  6. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Seal – Human Being". Recorded Music NZ.
  7. ^ "British album certifications – Seal – Human Being". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Human Being in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  8. ^ "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