Seal well above ‘Standard’ at Symphony Hall


British soul legend, Seal, brought the glamour of old Hollywood to the present, alongside his classic hits, as his ‘Standards’ album tour mixed the old school classics like ‘Luck Be A Lady Tonight’ and ‘I Put A Spell On You,’ with his own ‘Killer’ and ‘Kiss From A Rose.’
Backed by a well-oiled big band, the multi-award winning star’s signature, velvety warm vocals brought
Symphony Hall Birmingham to life with further classics made popular by Frank Sinatra – such as ‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ and ‘It Was A Very Good Year,’ Ella Fitzgerald (‘I’m Beginning to See The Light’) and Nina Simone’s ‘I Put A Spell on You.’
In a career spanning three decades, racking up over 30 million records sales worldwide and a string of Grammy, Brit and Ivor Novello awards along the way, Seal continues to shine as one of the world’s brightest music stars.
The 55-year-old singer/songwriter presenting a 90-minute show packed with beautiful covers and timeless hits, from the second he kicked off the set – to the very end with every classic song sang with stunning power and devotion to the cause.
From the overely enthused response from the staunchly supporting crowd, the icon then moved on to his catalogue of hits, beginning with 1994 favourite ‘Kiss From A Rose’ while strumming along on an acoustic guitar
The highlight of the night then came when he climbed down from the stage to sing among the crowd, performing tremendous renditions of ‘Killer’ and ‘Fly Like An Eagle,’ which sent his fans wild. He danced with some and hugged by others as he freely posed for pictures – but was basically mobbed by others who more or less clung to him as he moved around the hall.
The great man love getting close-up to his followers, showing his down-to-earth, compassionate nature and great a sense of humour.
Ending the show with yet another class – ‘Crazy’ – the star danced around the stage and ended what was an already brilliant show with a bang, before encouraging the crowd to applaud his talented band.
An impeccably clean sound throughout, Seal’s performance at the Symphony Hall was more than ‘Standard.’
A mention too to Zimbabwe crooner, THABO, as the accomplished singer set the night onto a great stead with his unique blend, alongside long time collaborator, Aron Kyne, who provide piano accompaniment, he introduced his first song, ‘Shallow Water,’ ‘Run & Tell,’ ‘Missing You’ and many more from his impressive catalogue of hits.
Having previously worked with Naughty Boy, Idris Elba and Professor Green, it was like a ‘duck to water’ for him to fit in well on this tour.