There are few artists that really stand the test of time. One such multi award winning artist that took the music world by storm in the 90’s was British singer Seal. Unique with his soulful voice his collaboration with Adamski saw him catapulted to the main stream and his self-titled album released in 1991.
Fast forward to 2018 and Seal is on an international tour supported by a full orchestra as he took to the stage at the Royal Concert Hall in Nottingham treating the audience to some swing classics from years gone by. Featuring classics like, Luck Be A Lady, I’ve Got You Under My Skin, I put A Spell On You and That’s life Seal wowed the crowd with his soulful voice and British charm. Expressing his love for the timeless classics he summed up just how everyone was feeling in the room with his rendition of It Was A Very Good Year.
As instruments were changed a member of the audience started to sing the opening notes of Kiss From A Rose, just as Seal picked up an acoustic guitar and played the opening chords. Seal’s voice is incredible live and the whole audience got to really enjoy his full range and he belted out his hit song.
Seal’s album was very much an album of my youth, you can then imagine my delight as he started to sing Whirlpool. Throwing mestraight back to being a teenager, he sounded even better live.
Engaging with the audience from stage throughout, Seal suddenly takes to the seated crowd. Everyone jumps to their feet, eager to get closer to him, he soon gets everyone dancing to his dance classic Killer. Balancing on the chairs and surrounded by people taking pictures, Killer is just as good now as it was in the 90’s.
Getting back to the stage “ordinarily I like to lap the audience but the layout here makes that difficult,” exclaims seal. We had been told earlier that it was in fact Seal birthday, from the sides, a lady appears with a birthday cake. Much to Seal’s surprise, the entire audience then got a moment to entertain him as we all sang happy birthday to a bashful seal on stage.
Thanking is all for what he said, was his best night of the tour so far, he closed the night with “Crazy”. Lyrically, I think everyone can relate to the words at some point in our lives, but tonight the audience went completely Crazy for Seal.
As I mentioned, I have been a lifelong fan of seal, but never before had a chance to see him. There are few concerts you leave feeling the way you do after a night with Seal. It is a night, I will lovingly remember forever.