"Seal IV," Seal's first album in five years, follows such aurally rich sets as "Human Being" and his first two albums, each named "Seal." Like these releases, "IV" was produced by Trevor Horn, who cer

"Seal IV," Seal's first album in five years, follows such aurally rich sets as "Human Being" and his first two albums, each named "Seal." Like these releases, "IV" was produced by Trevor Horn, who certainly knows his way around postcard-perfect musical landscapes. Between Seal and Horn, the tracks here are infused with much lived-in heart and soul. And as is typical with a Horn production, each listen reveals additional layers. "IV" is split between funk-fueled party jams (the Curtis Mayfield-hued "Get It Together," the Stax-inflected "Waiting for You") and ballads ("Love's Divine," "Don't Make Me Wait"). The moody "Tinsel Town" is perhaps the London-residing artist's ode to his other home base, Los Angeles. "Heavenly . . . (Good Feeling)" is signature Seal, while "My Vision" may remind longtime fans of the artist's early forays onto dancefloors. The atmospheric "Loneliest Star" is a very touching pop gem. Just like this album.—MP

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