The purpose of this album? Well, I thought he expressed it perfectly. “I just want people to feel. We live in a society where we’re constantly confronted by the harsh realities of our surroundings. There’s disaster everywhere. If we absorbed that, we’d self-destruct, so we anesthetize as a culture. We turn off and become numb. My attempt and duty as an artist is to help people feel."
And feel you will. Straight up, it's impossible not to with Seal's distinctive tones and extensive vocal range, which have remained fabulous through the years. Check out "Every Time I'm With You" if you don't believe me.
I like it, myself...it's simple, yet still has a creative feel. I loved "Padded Cell"...it's a touch dark, and the techno beat makes for a great counterpart. Another favorite is "Half A Heart". It's plaintive, but there's a strength and edge underneath that I enjoy immensely. "Life On The Dancefloor" is a lot of fun, with an interesting mix and lyrics that almost contradict the great beat that you can dance to. "Let Yourself" has a slight industrial ton to it that I found most appealing.
Finally, I was struck by the last track, simply called "Love". It's an anthem encouraging someone to not give up on love, no matter the pain felt in the past. This is great advice to all.
This album boasts an eclectic mix of songs that will become more multifaceted the more you listen...and you will want to keep listening. In fact, I'm going to put it on repeat right now. Get it yourself on Amazon and ITunes.
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