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|1. "If It's In My Mind, It's On My Face"|
|3. Just Like Before|
|5. Wedding Day|
|8. The Right Life|
For what he calls a `quintessential Seal album', Seal opted to collaborate with Stuart Price, best known for his work on Madonna's `Confessions on a Dancefloor'. "It was quite evident from the first track that Stuart and I were on the same page," Seal says, "that I'd found someone who was able to elaborate on and execute my vision for this record. He loved the songs and I loved his production technique and we just took it from there. He's one of those rare people who plays instruments, understands music theory, and gets what a singer goes through when he is singing a song."
Indeed Seal's pure vocal gift -- his soaring baritone that has become a signature on such hits as `Kiss From a Rose', `Fly Like An Eagle' and `Get It Together' -- amplify the dreamy atmosphere on new tracks `Swoosh', `Amazing' and `Wedding Day', an emotional ballad Seal wrote the morning he wed supermodel Heidi Klum, with whom he has three children.
"Family, my wife and children, that's my reason for being," Seal says. "Everything is done with them in mind, so perhaps that's the reason this new album is up-tempo. It does feel like a celebration of life. I am finally in a content and happy place to the point where I feel like I need to sing about it. It's made me want to address things that are close to home. That's why the album is called `System.' It's saying that against the odds, we have chosen to take control of our emotional system. Not being a victim of a system that's already in place, but creating our own."
Heavy dance beats, and disco-tastic production come courtesy of the man behind the knob-twiddling on Madonna's Confessions On The Dance Floor, Stuart Price. His sure touch means high quality production throughout.
Seal still has a beautifully gravelly/smooth soul voice, which is somehow showcased rather than squandered when set against a pounding dance backing, and it lets him get away with some rather awful sentimentality on this album.
Lead single "Amazing" sounds as if it could have made its way onto Kylie's latest contribution, but the high standard of the production and Seal's seductive tones lifts it out of the ordinary. That said, the song is about on the same level as George Michael's recent offering of the same title.
Seal takes the risky and easy-to-ridicule step of duetting with wife Heidi Klum on "Wedding Day", which is, oooh surprise, about their wedding day. Klum doesn't do a hideous job, but her breathy, girly voice is dwarfed by the raspy, sexy tones of her other half. Lyrics that could have been written by the Sugarplum Fairy don't help, but if saccharine is your thing, then you'll love this change of pace.
"The Right Life" sounds like it was written to become an uplifting club favourite; whether it will make it is another matter. "Rolling", however, is another slow song, with Seal in more mellow form. With a lovely melody, and a smattering of strings, it is one of the best tracks on offer here.
There is nothing remarkable on System, nothing to bring in the unconvinced. But it is relatively consistent, easy on the ears, and may well get you dancing round the house, if not jumping up and down on the dance floor. --Helen Groom
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Fab album. Play it loud on quality speakers when the neighbours are out! Good as his first (I don't have them all)Published 10 months ago by Wilma Dearing
a gift as I'm not a fan but it was well received. I received the item well before time which was great and it was well packaged.Published 23 months ago by Kindle Customer
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Just love Seal check him out in concert. Great album :-) got nearly all the albums now
I first heard part of this album at our local spinning classes. It was superb exercise music, but not the easily forgotten repetitive heavy bass music all too common at gymnasiums... Read morePublished on 7 Jun. 2012 by Mr. D. W. Garwood
Did have this disc before and lost this one day. Was really happy to find disc again for reasonable prise. Read morePublished on 1 Dec. 2011 by oksana
System a great album that should have been a follow up to his first ever album, the killer singer on this cd has gone back to the dance theme a great tracklist that does not... Read morePublished on 3 April 2011 by claw b4