Ellen: Seal Performs Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together

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Ellen: Seal Performs Al Green’s Let’s Stay Together

Seal‘s new album Soul 2 was released in November of 2011. The album, much like its predecessor, 2008’s Soul, features Seal covering classic soul songs.

After his interview with Ellen earlier in the show, Seal performed Al Green‘s classic hit song “Let’s Stay Together” from his album of the same name.

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Ellen: Seal Let's Stay Together

Seal performed Al Green's "Let's Stay Together" for Ellen in promotion of his latest album, Soul 2. (s_bukley / Shutterstock.com)

There was a lot of irony in Seal performing a song called “Let’s Stay Together” because he and his wife of eight years, Heidi Klum, recently announced their separation and subsequent divorce. Earlier in the show, Seal said this wouldn’t affect his performance.

Indeed, it didn’t seem to. It was a very tight performance filled with passion.

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Seal: “Let’s Stay Together” Cover

It seems there are two ways for a musician to cover a song. The first is to take the song and put a new spin on it that retains elements of the original, but puts them in a new context that the listening audience might not have expected. The second is to take the original song and perform it in a way that stays true to the original form of the song.

Seal‘s cover of Al Green‘s “Let’s Stay Together” seemed very much of the latter in nature. In fact, the song sounded very much the same, not that there’s anything wrong that.

Seal: “Let’s Stay Together” Review

Seal‘s band was great. The guitar shimmered and jangled with a precise funky pocket groove that fit the song perfect. The bass bounced and jived and the drums laid the groove without cluttering the song with needless showmanship. The horns punctuated each section of the song with very concise exclamations. It was crisp, fun, and it grooved.

The only considerable difference between Seal‘s version of the song and Al Green‘s was that Seal sang it with a notably deeper vocal timbre. When Al Green recorded the song, his voice was lighter and more airy, as though he were singing softly to a lover. Seal sang with more strength and power. It wasn’t necessarily better or worse, just different.

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