7

7

by Seal

CD

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Overview

Seal 7 followed the all-covers 2012 set Soul 2 and was the singer's first set of original material since the 2010 release Seal 6: Commitment. More significantly, it was his first originals-oriented collaboration with longtime creative partner and friend Trevor Horn since 2003's Seal 4, and it was made in the wake of the singer's divorce from Heidi Klum. The first single, "Every Time I'm with You," a grand and swirling ballad with an orchestral arrangement from Anne Dudley, showed that Seal had no desire to make his return all about romantic conflict, as it placed him in the setting of a new relationship, willfully abandoning caution: "I can lose it all, it won't be daunting." Another song that reached the public prior to the album, the Jamie Odell co-composition "Life on the Dancefloor," also dealt with being swept up, though in the club through a low-key groove. As with Seal's previous albums, however, Seal 7 does cover a range of emotions. The heavier songs, including the opening "Daylight Saving," the almost overblown "Padded Cell," and "The Big Love Has Died," with a title and scope worthy of Seal 4 -- are among the most resonant moments. While one could speculate how those songs and the remainder of Seal 7 relate directly to Seal's life, it's clear that the singer and Horn aimed, as they always have, for broad appeal; just about anyone can connect with the pain and elation they relate. They've stuck to the approach that has made them a successful duo since "Crazy," all the way down to the dark synthesized undercurrents. The spirit of Seal 7 proves that they had no reason to change course.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2015
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624924012
catalogNumber: 551977
Rank: 106937

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Seal   Primary Artist,Vocals
Anne Dudley   Piano,Conductor,Performing Ensemble
Dave Bishop   Saxophone
Chris Bruce   Bass,Guitar,Bass Guitar
Lol Creme   Guitar,Percussion,Background Vocals
Earl Harvin   Cymbals,Drums
Trevor Horn   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Nick Ingman   Conductor
Luis Jardim   Percussion
Jamie Muhoberac   Organ,Bass,Piano,Keyboards
Phil Palmer   Guitar
Phil Parker   Guitar
Steve Sidwell   Trumpet
Paul Spong   Trumpet
Paul Turner   Bass
Tim Weidner   Sounds
Minnetonka   Background Vocals
Andy Wood   Trombone
Jamie Odell   Keyboards
Probz   Background Vocals
Ash Soan   Drums
Julian Hinton   Keyboards
Stephen Moccio   Piano,Keyboards
Simon Bloor   Guitar,Piano,Keyboards
Joel Peters   Percussion,Drums
Josh Campbell   Guitar
Cameron Gower-Poole   Percussion
Abe Rounds   Drums

Technical Credits

Seal   Composer,Programming,Producer
Anne Dudley   Orchestral Arrangements
Trevor Horn   Composer,Producer
Nick Ingman   Orchestral Arrangements
Jamie Muhoberac   Arranger,Programming
Steve Sidwell   Brass Arrangment
Gavin Taylor   Art Direction
Tim Weidner   Programming,Engineer
Dave McCracken   Programming
Jamie Odell   Composer,Programming,Additional Production
Justin Parker   Composer
Julian Hinton   Programming,Orchestration,Orchestral Arrangements
Stephen Moccio   Composer,Programming
Aaron Horn   Composer,Programming
Simon Bloor   Composer,Programming,Engineer,Orchestration
Jeffery David   Composer
Joel Peters   Programming,Engineer
Josh Campbell   Engineer
Louis Cole   Composer
Echosmith   Composer
Joel Compass   Composer
Cameron Gower-Poole   Programming,Engineer
Philip Bentley   Composer
David Drebin   Cover Photo

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