Seal (1991 album)

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Seal
Seal - Seal (1991 first album) CD album cover.jpg
Studio album by
Released24 May 1991
RecordedNovember 1990 – April 1991
Genre
Length52:17
Label
ProducerTrevor Horn
Seal chronology
Seal
(1991)
Seal
(1994)
Singles from Seal
  1. "Crazy"
    Released: 26 November 1990 (UK) [1]
  2. "Future Love Paradise"
    Released: 22 April 1991 [2]
  3. "The Beginning"
    Released: 8 July 1991 (UK)
  4. "Killer"
    Released: 4 November 1991 (UK) [3]
  5. "Violet"
    Released: 17 February 1992 (UK)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[4]
Chicago Tribune[5]
Entertainment WeeklyA[6]
Los Angeles Times[7]
NME7/10[8]
Pitchfork7.4/10[9]
Q[10]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[11]
Select2/5[12]
Vox8/10[13]

Seal is the debut studio album by Seal, released in 1991. It contains the singles "Crazy", "Future Love Paradise", "The Beginning", "Killer" and "Violet". The album debuted at number one in the UK and went on to win Best British Album at the 1992 Brit Awards. Seal's following album, released in 1994, was also named Seal. It is usually referred to as Seal II.

There are two versions of the album, with minor and major differences in three songs.[14] The shorter version of "Wild" is more rock-based and 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 only way to tell the difference is the CD Matrix; the Pre-Mix matrix is 903174557-2; the Remixed CD has the same Matrix but with .2 at the end (903174557-2.2). "Killer" is a re-recorded version of the UK number one single by Adamski, which also features Seal on vocals.

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. The track "Killer" was also featured on the American crime series Homicide: Life on the Street and was included on the 2-disc soundtrack album.

Track listing[edit]

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, Sigsworth) – 4:47 or 5:57
  4. "Killer" (Adam Tinley, Seal) – 6:22
  5. "Whirlpool" – 3:56 or 3:51
  6. "Future Love Paradise" – 4:20
  7. "Wild" (Seal, Sigsworth) – 5:19 or 5:28
  8. "Show Me" – 5:59
  9. "Violet" (Seal, Sigsworth) – 8:06 or 8:31

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Certifications and sales for Seal
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[34] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[35] Gold 25,000*
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[36] Gold 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[37] 3× Platinum 300,000^
France (SNEP)[38] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[39] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[40] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[41] Gold 7,500^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[42] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[43] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[44] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

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  11. ^ Hunter, James (2004). "Seal". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 723. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
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