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by Seal
Soul by Seal
Released: Oct 2008
Label: Warner Bros.
Released just a few days after the 2008 presidential election, Seal's lead-off cover of Sam Cooke's "A Change Is Gonna Come" seems particularly well timed, as does his late-career transformation from the linen-draped adult alternative belter to smoky soul revivalist. Even if the programmed beats and orchestral embellishments gratuitously (up)date the ace selection, the singer's full-throated evocation of James Brown, Al Green and Eddie Floyd is a captivating, successful endeavor. Ending with a straightforward take on the Impressions' "People Get Ready," Seal's reinvention is refreshing.
Nate Cavalieri
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