Seal IV - Seal
Seal IV Image
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 11 Critics What's this?

User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 19 Ratings

Your Score
0 out of 10
Rate this:
  • 10
  • 9
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5
  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1
  • 0
  • 0
  • Summary: Never one for original album titles, Seal returns with just his fourth LP in his 12+ year recording career. Trevor Horn produces.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 11
  2. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. 80
    Seal remains one of the best half-dozen male pop singers drawing breath. [Sep 2003, p.129]
  2. Seal never goes all out in any direction and this coolness, combined with Trevor Horn’s perfectionist production, plants the album inescapably in the realm of adult contemporary (although this is as good as adult contemporary gets).
  3. While that heal-the-world sentiment soon becomes repetitive and rarely approaches the poetic heights of past classics, that gorgeously granulated voice is never less than sublime.
  4. Seal IV is actually much better than one would expect from an artist whose last decent album is now nine years old. At the same time, something about it is off; for the first time, Seal is not merely outside his time (good), but behind it (bad).
  5. Much of Seal sounds dated and tepid. [12 Sep 2003, p.152]
  6. His crisp voice has dulled, and his inspiration has gone with it.
  7. Most of it already sounds a decade old. [Dec 2003, p.137]

See all 11 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 18
  2. Negative: 0 out of 18