Seal (1994 album)

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Seal
Seal-Seal(1994).jpg
Studio album by Seal
Released 23 May 1994 [1]
Recorded Sarm West Studios, 1993–94
Genre
Length 50:29
Label
Producer Trevor Horn
Seal chronology
Seal
(1991)Seal1991
Seal
(1994)
Human Being
(1998)Human Being1998
Singles from Seal
  1. "Prayer for the Dying"
    Released: 25 April 1994
  2. "Kiss from a Rose"
    Released: 18 July 1994
  3. "Newborn Friend"
    Released: 24 October 1994
  4. "I'm Alive"
    Released: 1994
  5. "Don't Cry"
    Released: 27 November 1995
  6. "If I Could"
    Released: 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA[3]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[6]
The Village Voice(dud)[7]

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".

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 listing[edit]

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

Personnel[edit]

  • 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

Singles[edit]

UK[edit]

Release date Title Peak
1994-05-099 May 1994 "Prayer for the Dying" 14
1994-07-1818 July 1994 "Kiss from a Rose" 20
1994-10-2424 October 1994 "Newborn Friend" 45
1995-07-033 July 1995 "Kiss from a Rose"/"I'm Alive" 4
1995-11-2727 November 1995 "Don't Cry"/"Prayer for the Dying" 51
1996-03-055 March 1996 "Don't Cry" (remix)

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[8] Platinum 70,000^
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil)[9] Gold 100,000*
Germany (BVMI)[10] Gold 250,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[11] Gold 50,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[12] Platinum 15,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] 4× Platinum 4,000,000^

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. "Seal [1994] – Seal". AllMusic. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  3. ^ Bernard, James (3 June 1994). "Seal". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Hunt, Dennis (5 June 1991). "Seal; 'Seal' (Sire/Warner Bros.)". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  5. ^ Wright, Christian (6 October 1994). "Seal: Seal (1994)". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 31 October 2007. Retrieved 3 June 2012. 
  6. ^ Hunter, James (2004). "Seal". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 723. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert (26 July 1994). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 3 August 2016. 
  8. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1995 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  9. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Seal – Seal II" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  10. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Seal; 'Seal')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  11. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Seal – Seal" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers.  Enter Seal in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  12. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Seal – Seal". Recorded Music NZ. 
  13. ^ "British album certifications – Seal – Seal". British Phonographic Industry.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Enter Seal in the search field and then press Enter.
  14. ^ "American album certifications – Seal – Seal". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.