Seal - Standards (Decca)
Graham Clark, Features Writer
I fondly remember Seal for his big hits such as Crazy, Kiss From A Rose and Killer.
When I heard he was going to record an album of Rat Pack favourites I didn't think it would work given his pop background. My mind has been changed as the project works far far better than I could have imagined.
The musicians on the album are some of the same ones who played on the original recordings with Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald and Ray Charles.
Recorded in the famous Capitol Records in Los Angeles and United Studios where many of these tracks were recorded, it adds an authentic touch to the album.
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Luck Be A Lady allows the richness of his vocals to shine through, even Frank Sinatra might approve of this compelling version.
I Put A Spell On You is the Ella Fitzgerald track that he comes close to pulling off completely.
They Can't Take That Away From Me works well with the big band accompaniment, it is to be hoped that he has a big band when he tours early next year.
Love For Sale is turned into a slinky bossa nova number. All we need now is a cool drink in hand sitting under the palm trees on a sunny beach and this will be complete.
The Puppini Sisters team up with him on I'm Beginning To See The Light for a faithful rendition.
Closing with It Was A Very Good Year the album is no sell out but adds a new dimension to an artist who has already sold over 30 million albums.
I give the album 4 out of 5
Seal - Standards (Decca), 14th November 2017, 15:27 PM