Seal (1994 album)

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Studio album by Seal
Released May 23, 1994 [1]
Recorded Sarm West Studios, 1993–94
Length 50:29
Producer Trevor Horn
Seal chronology
Human Being
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
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (dud)[2]
Entertainment Weekly A[4]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[3]

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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 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. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Bring It On"  
2. "Prayer for the Dying"  
  • Isidore
  • Seal
3. "Dreaming in Metaphors"  
  • Isidore
  • Seal
4. "Don't Cry"   Seal 6:17
5. "Fast Changes"  
  • Isidore
  • Seal
6. "Kiss from a Rose"   Seal 4:47
7. "People Asking Why"   Seal 4:45
8. "Newborn Friend"   Seal 4:05
9. "If I Could" (duet with Joni Mitchell) Seal 4:16
10. "I'm Alive"  
  • Coleman
  • Melvoin
  • Rizzo
  • Isidore
  • Seal
11. "Bring It On (Reprise)"  
  • Bruce
  • Coleman
  • Melvoin
  • Rizzo
  • Isidore
  • Seal


  • 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, Gavin 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



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)


Preceded by
I Say I Say I Say by Erasure
UK number one album
4 June 1994 – 17 June 1994
Succeeded by
Real Things by 2 Unlimited