By Mikael Wood
November 05, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST

Seal here tackles a dozen market-tested R&B gems (including ”A Change Is Gonna Come” and ”Stand by Me”) with guidance from producer David Foster, who’s also helmed mom-friendly blockbusters by Josh Groban and Michael Bublé. As always, Seal sounds great; age has relaxed his singing, and that lends the material an appropriately lived-in vibe. But Foster’s lush arrangements can wring the urgency from heartstring- tuggers like ”I’m Still in Love With You,” which on Soul feels more like a come-on than a confession. B

DOWNLOAOD THIS: Keep checking the singer’s official website for music from the new album