Sound — 9
From his first albums, through his famous "Human Being," to now, Seal has definitely done an amazing job of keeping his iconic sound alive, and never once did I doubt, just from the audio quality and instrumentation alone, that it was absolutely a Seal album. He used a large collection of instruments, many synthesized, and piano, which he used in a few of his more personal songs.
His vocals haven't lost their signature touch, either. You can tell that he's getting older, and he has to reach a bit more to hit those high notes, but he keeps everything musical, and for that I give him a lot of credit. I also don't feel like he's lowering the key of his songs to fit a lower vocal range, like a lot of artists do nowadays. His usage of fascinating and anti-pop chord progressions are wonderful, too. Can't get over the Am - Eb change he does in a couple bridges!
Lyrics — 8
He sings about a lot of the things he's always sang about: love, dancing, and life. Nothing wrong with that! He hits home a lot of the points he's trying to convey, and does so artistically. Maybe a couple lines are border-line corny, but I think he avoids most of the popular clichés that his peers tend to lean on. He's also a good text-painter. He talks about going into a different point in his life in the second bonus track ("Whatever You Want"), and changes keys dramatically to fit that change. I could expect no less lyrically from Seal than I got!
Overall Impression — 9
My favorite album from Seal is undoubtedly "Human Being," but granted I haven't heard everything from him. As a whole album, I'm very impressed and entranced by it, and have listened to it at least ten times.
My favorites: "Every Time I'm With You," "Life on the Dance Floor," "Padded Cell," "The Big Love Has Died," "Whatever You Need" (best track, in my opinion).
Needless to say, judging from how many "favorites" I have, I enjoyed the album as a whole, and it will stick with me for a long time. I would absolutely buy this again if it were to get stolen.