Bobby Seals

Daddy's Home

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The first thing that's instantly noticeable about Daddy's Home is its distinctive cover of a shadowy military man overlooking the horizon, with a blended image of Bobby Seals' face off in the distance. It's a bit like the scene in The Lion King where Simba's father is speaking to him through the clouds. Graphic design aside, Daddy's Home might be considered a three-song, ten-minute exercise in befuddlement. It feels as if it's over before it truly begins, and it starts with "Daddy's Home," a peculiar medley of "Daddy's Home," "We Belong Together," "You Send Me," and a few baby-boomer golden-oldie classics. The EP is then topped off with a stirring "Christmas in Dixie" and what has to be one of the worst-produced renditions of "Unchained Melody" on record. The drum machine and keyboards are flat and two-dimensional, and Seals' voice changes from being rich and full to highly chorused and compressed. It's a curious little release, but the whole concept should have been part of a full-length CD instead of a three-song teaser.

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