Sunday at Ravinia, Seal performed a two hour set with a stripped down back up band (just keyboardists and his guitarist).
With no recent or upcoming material to anticipate or promote -- not even any merchandise, T-shirts or other souvenirs available for purchase -- the night was banking on the nostalgia of longtime fans.
In service to them, Seal's voice carried on as strong as ever -- he is an exceptional performer and singer.
Opening up with his early nineties hit single "Killer", the concert included much beloved songs like "Prayer For The Dying", "Kiss From A Rose" and the expected mega-hit "Crazy".
His influences were also on clear display. He paid tribute to Hall and Oates ("Sara Smile"), David Bowie ("Space Oddity"), and Tears for Fears' ("Mad World"). Whether on the orginal or cover material, Seal performs with grace and confidence; a combination that could even delight the casual fan.