By Kiko Miyasato
Seal throws down and throws back once again with his eighth studio album, 2011’s Soul 2. His latest accomplishment is a follow-up to his 2009 album Soul, an homage to the music he grew up listening to. On the new album, Seal revisits even more soul hits that still make us move and groove 30 years later.
Concertgoers might be treated to celebrated hits like Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together” or The Miracles’ “Ooo Baby Baby.” While choosing covers of era-defining songs, Seal made sure to stay true to the structure of each one while delicately putting his own stamp on them. This feat was accomplished in part thanks to prominent music producers David Foster’s and Trevor Horn, who allowed Seal’s powerhouse, yet still smooth and sugary, voice to shine while not overshadowing the original magic of each song.
Joining the Grammy-winning Brit onstage is another powerhouse soul singer, Macy Gray. With perhaps one of the most distinct voices in the music biz, Gray was in a class of her own when she hit the airwaves with 1999’s “I Try.” The raspy-voiced singer’s latest album, Covered, revisits songs like Eurythmics’ “Here Comes the Rain Again” and Kanye West’s “Love Lockdown.”