Feb 262012
 

from  SOUL 2

written by Leon Huff, Gene Mcfadden & John Whitehead

November 2011 saw the release of  Seal’s new album entitled “Soul 2.” It seemed like an obvious choice after the huge success of its 2008 predecessor, “Soul” and the relative disappointment of “Commitment” in 2010. Both “Soul” and “Commitment” were perfectly produced by David Foster but the first included great covers of the most famous soul evergreens of the sixties and the seventies while the second was mostly made of intimate new songs co-written by the UK superstar. “Soul 2” presented another batch of soul classics but this time around the focus was more on the seventies.

Foster, for the occasion, shared production duties with another super producer and former Seal collaborator, Trevor Horn. “Soul 2” is a joy to listen to from start to finish exactly like “Soul.” Once again Seal’s performances are stunning and the arrangements and production are impeccable. There’s plenty of ear candy on songs like “Wishing On A Star,” “Let’s Stay Together,” “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” and “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore.” Foster’s best production on “Soul 2” is “Back Stabbers.” This irresistible cover of the old O’Jays hit is nothing short of brilliant. Seal’s vocal performance is strong and powerful supported by a catchy beat and rich strings and horns arrangements courtesy of Foster and Jerry Hey. “Soul 2” was a top ten hit on Billboard’s top 200 and reached #1 on the R&B chart. On this album Seal proves once again that he is one of the best pop/soul singers of today.


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Lead Vocals: Seal

Drums: Victor Indrizzo
Bass & Guitars: Chris Bruce
Keyboards: David Foster
Keyboards & Synths: Jamie Muhoberac
Percussion: Alex Acuna
Synths, Programming & Sound Design: Jochem van der Saag

Orchestral & Brass Arrangements by David Foster & Jerry Hey
Produced by David Foster & Trevor Horn

Co-Produced by Jochem van der Saag


Lyrics

What they do
They smile in your face, all the time they wanna take your place the back stabbers (back stabbers)
They smile in your face, all the time they wanna take your place the back stabbers (back stabbers)

All you fellow’s, who have someone, and you really care, yeahhhhhhh, yeah, yeah
Then it’s all of you fellows who better beware, yeah, yeah
Somebody’s out, to get your lady
A few of your buddies they sure look shady
Blades are long, clenched tight in their fist
Aimin’ straight at your back
And I don’t think they’ll miss

(What they do!)

(They smile in your face)

All the time they want to take your place
The back stabbers (back stabbers)

I keep gettin’, all these visits, from my friends, yeah,
(What they doing to me)
They come to my house again and again and again and again, yeah
So are they there to see my woman
I don’t even be home but they just keep on comin’
What can I do to get on the right track
I wish they’d take some of these knives off my back

(What they do)

(They smile in your face)

All the time they want to take your place
The back stabbers (back stabbers)

Low down dirty

(What they do!)

(They smile in your face)
Smiling faces smiling faces sometimes
(Back stabbers)

(They smile in your face)
I don’t need low down, dirty bastards
(Back stabbers) [fade]