7 ★★★ Warner

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - LAU­REN MUR­PHY

Ain’t love grand? Well, most of the time, any­way – at least as far as Seal is con­cerned. His ninth stu­dio al­bum sees him re­unit­ing with pro­ducer Trevor Horn to mar­vel­lous ef­fect. The var­ied track­list­ing slips through soar­ing power bal­ladry ( Day­light Sav­ing), or­ches­tral pop with a Bacharach-es­que glow ( Ev­ery Time I’m With You), and brass-in­fused slinky soul num­bers ( Monascow), all of which are un­de­ni­ably like­able; there’s even a throw­back to his

Killer era with the elec­tronic, in­dus­trial throb of Padded Cell. Through it all, Seal wears his heart on his sleeve via his dis­tinc­tive voice, still ro­bust at 52. Whether he’s singing about old heartache ( The Big Love Has

Gone) or new­found pas­sion ( Life on the Dance­floor), he’s con­vinc­ing. You could cer­tainly call it a tri­umphant come­back.

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