TOUT CE UE FAIT SEAL EST DU CAVIAR POUR LES OREILLES ET CE N'EST PAS PRÊT DE S'ARRÊTER TOUT CE QUE TROUVE DE LUI JE L'ÉCOUTE ET JE LE PRENDS. MON RÊVE SERAIT DE LE RENCONTRER SIMPLEMENT POUR LUI DIRE COMBIEN JE L'APPENDICITE ET COMBIEN IL EST UN DES PLUS GRANDS CHANTEUR ACTUEL JE L'AI COMPRIS BIEN LONGTEMPS AVANT QU'IL NE SOIT RECONNU EN FRANCE ET CE N'EST PAS FINI CROYEZ MOI IL NOUS RÉSERVE ENCORE DE BELLES SURPRISES DE TAILLE. A BIENTÔT SEAL MICK
Voilà déjà plusieurs années que cet album est sorti... et impossible de s'en lasser . Seal s'était fait remarqué au début des 90's avec des tubes tels "Crazy" ou "Killer". Aprés un second album tout simplement magistral, il revient ici avec un opus aux mélodies et aux sonorités inédites et inégalables. Tout est calme, doux, soigné. Sa voix nous porte et on se laisse aller de l'ouverture avec l'envoutant "Human Being" vers son remix final. Plus on ecoute, plus on aime : pas de doute, cet album n'a pas fini d'étonner.
Echec commercial cuisant, ce troisième album est un petit bijou qui se mérite. Aucun tube ne se détache du lot parce que tous les morceaux s'enchaînent intelligemment pour former une oeuvre cohérente, aboutie de très haut niveau. Plusieurs écoutes sont peut-être nécessaires pour apprécier le Cd (ce qui explique la mauvaise réception du public. Ce n'est pas un album qui s'apprécie sur les bornes d'écoutes des mégasores) mais le plaisir demeure des années après. J'ajoute que la production et les arrangements sont de haute volée. Déçu par le manque d'engouement du public, Seal a depuis renoncé à cotoyer les cimes et se laisse aller à des ritournelles pop pas désagréables mais surtout plus faciles et plus accessibles (et ça marche bien sûr!). Dommage pour la musique.
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A Tragic Journey Through Pain10 avril 2000
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Emerging from his cover of Miller's "Fly Like An Eagle" for the pop cultured WB movie Space Jam, Seal digs deep into his own personal wounds with Human Being, his first release since the 1994 second self-titled album. But, as some time has transpired for this new rock/pop artist -- Seal shows us that the high life of a superstar is still wrought with emotional tremor.With Seal's total artistic bravery this album rides. Most songs deal with the deep sinking, mind twisting games we play with each other and ourselves. With Seal's strong vocal performances, resonating both the pain and the pleasure of living, feeling and relating to others, he produces the most haunting album this reviewer has heard since the mid-seventies. "Human Being" sets the tone of the album right away; he broods along with "State of Grace." "Latest Craze" shows him battling conscience, to the stripping of his own soul in "Lost My Faith." In "When A Man Is Wrong" & "No Easy Way" he tries to mend his errors, leading only to the reprise of "Human Being" which spirals with funk and understated melody. Absolutely a brilliant album through and through.
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Seal is more than just a 'Human Being'25 février 2003
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Seal's third CD is a big departure from the chart-topping classics of his first two albums, both of which are among the best of the 1990s. Much darker, and more twilight, and winter in mood, Seal's third album is more of a mix of futuristic trip-hop and a bit of 70s sounding production. There aren't any really commercial sounding songs on the album, probably why this amazing CD didn't sell through the roof like his first and second albums did and it's a shame because while it's not as up there as the former, it still deserves a lot more recognition and attention than what it gets. This album has more of a twilight mood as opposed to the brighter, more up-tempo mood of the 1994 album and the club-oriented self-titled debut album. However, Seal's passionate, soaring vocals are definitely present and it definitely makes "Human Being" almost as grabbing as the other two, even with a couple of weak songs. HUMAN BEING A+ This is a fantastic opener with a dark, intense atmosphere and Seal's soaring vocals blending with a dark, yet uplifting song. It starts off as a dark and ominous minor note song and blasts into an uplifting major note song but keeping its dark undertone mood. Another classic from one of the most underrated singers of our time. STATE OF GRACE B+ This is a mellow and very twilight sounding song with strange wobbly guitars and a very subdued, down-tempo mood to it. A nice song. LATEST CRAZE A+ Seal goes trip-hop and it works very well. It's a very trippy, semi-danceable song with a dark and futuristic twilight mood to it. It also has a bit of a bluesy sound to it as well. The electronic sound effects are bubbly and not sounding like a video game in the background and it works so well. JUST LIKE YOU C This song is a mellow and very quite in mood. It's one of the less engaging songs on the album but it's still a decent song. PRINCESS B- This is a short and pretty little acoustic number and is a pleasant song to listen to. LOST MY FAITH A- If you liked "Kiss From A Rose" you might enjoy this track as it has a similar chord structure and vocal arrangements but not quite as powerful but still great. EXCERPT FROM A++ This is one of my favorite songs on the album. It starts off with a haunting ambient intro and becomes a trippy, groovy song with a dark, twilight mood to it and what a beautiful song it is. The only complaint is that it's just three minutes long. Oh Well. WHEN A MAN IS WRONG A This song has classic Seal written all over it with the soaring vocals and brighter mid-tempo melodies of Seal's second album. COLOURS A This song starts with a bubbling melody and a dark minor note giving a feel of being outside on a cold winter evening until when the song becomes a major note and has a classic Seal feel to it. STILL LOVE REMAINS A+ This is another favorite of mines. "Still Love Remains" is definitely on song that I think could've fit well on the 1994 self-titled album and those who might've been turned off by the darker tone of "Human Being" should be pleased with this song. I personally love it. Well done Seal. NO EASY WAY C This is my least favorite song on the album and is probably the weakest song that Seal has ever done. It's just a mellow, bluesy song that doesn't quite take off like the others. Still not a bad song but doesn't rank up with the others. HUMAN BEINGS REPRISE A+ This closing track brings the album full circle with a second version of the title track. It's just an instrumental version. It kind of though goes backwards, going from the major note upbeat song to a dark minor note song and with the beat fading out, the echoing guitars or synthesizers fade out closing out this underrated gem. This album is a must-have for those who want to hear something unique. For someone who viewed 1998 as a boring year in general for music, this album one of a few that made that dull year one to remember. Buy it now.
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Human Being.21 septembre 2000
WILLIE A YOUNG II
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I will only say that this CD, especially track 10, "Still Love Remains" kept me from committing suicide just over a year ago. I would normally ramble on and on for eons about the lush arrangements and production of this release, but since this holds such a special place in my heart and in my life, I won't be so self indulgent this time. As a piece of pop/soul music, it's brilliant and effortless. As a reminder of the value and power of music and it's ability to heal the human spirit, it's essential. Thank You Seal, for saving my life. Crying through a devastating heartbreak has never been as cleansing as it was while I listened to your voice and slowly began healing from the inside. For that reason alone, this CD will forever "Remain..." in my collection.
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Another Side of Seal14 mars 2000
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Human Being is my personal favorite of his three albums, filled with moody, introspective yet uplifting songs. Seal and his brilliant producer Trevor Horn produce an album that is very different from the previous two releases. Once again, Seal's vocals are a shining beacon in today's music scene. The arrangements on the songs are incredibly diverse. Ranging from a techno styled beat to lush and full sounding strings, that are augmented by bass, guitars, drums, swirling keyboards and a great sounding organ. All of the songs capture an atmosphere that many of today's "popular" music artists simply fail to grasp. Seal's vocals are wonderfully textured and impassioned yet he doesn't go for overkill which too many singers of guilty of today. There are no real catchy songs or surefire radio hits. Songs such as Human Being, Just Like You Said, State Of Grace and When A Man Is Wrong are my favorite tracks from this subtle yet incredibly powerful album. Most certainly one of the best albums to emerge from 1999.
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A Sadly Overlooked Gem10 avril 2003
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Seal has always been an innovative musician and "Human Being", his third album, continues the trend of lush, orchestral music and philosophical lyrics. Overall, this album is quieter than his other two and taken as a whole, it's a little harder to get into. To fully appreciate "Human Being", you need to listen to it song by song. Each song is beautifully crafted and texturally rich. The opener, "Human Beings", is a beautiful, haunting wall of sound - as always, Seal's vocals transport the listener to another realm. "Latest Craze" is more similar in sound to the music of his last two albums; it's got more of a club beat. My personal favorite is "When a Man Is Wrong", an exquisite, gently uplifting if somewhat melancholic song. In this, as in all his best music, Seal creates an introspective, quietly celebratory mood through his vocals and the rich layers of instrumentation that surround them. Seal is one of my favorite artists; he consistently produces beautiful, innovative music. It's a shame a lovely piece of work like "Human Being" is overlooked in our Top 40-saturated culture. Sometimes you need to lower the volume, put on the headphones, and just LISTEN.