Ever since the massive success of "Kiss from A Rose," Seal has included more ballads on his albums. Commitment would have benefited from more of a balance of uptempo and slow tracks. Instead there are too many overproduced power ballads like "Silence" and "I Know What You Did." "All for Love," features lyrics drenched in cliches, particularly surprising due to Seal's songwriting ability. However, "You Get Me" contains sincere lyrics from a man in love, and Foster uses a lighter touch on the track. Highlighting the piano and strings, the sparser arrangement underscores the song's intimacy.
Commitment closes with "Big Time" (not to be confused with Peter Gabriel's So track), a song that could be seen as a companion to Seal IV's "Tinsel Town," although much less cynical. Foster's over- the-top production style actually enhances the tune, which approaches Seal's signature rock and dance sound more than any other track. Here Seal flexes his vocal chords, never overpowered by the orchestral bombast toward the end. More tracks like this and "If I'm Any Closer" would have added more variety to the disc.
On much of the album, Seal appears as the picture of contentment. While this is certainly a positive element, it would have been interesting to include other themes and moods. His first two albums stood out for their diversity and uniqueness, and Commitment simply does not approach those works. Perhaps he will return to his edgier side in future albums; hopefully he will someday reunite with producer Trevor Horn, who expertly guided him on some of his most memorable compositions. However, Commitment's uptempo tracks show that Seal is still capable of producing quality music, and that he possesses one of the most powerful and compelling voices in contemporary pop.