13 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nearly 20 years after bursting out of the U.K. rave scene as the voice of Adamski’s “Killer,” Seal rediscovers his club-music roots on 2007’s System. Taking a break from longtime producer Trevor Horn, here Seal chose to work with electronic producer Stuart Price, best known for his techno remixes for artists like No Doubt, The Killers, and Coldplay. Price has a knack for turning authentic dance beats into all-inclusive pop tunes, but it's Seal who's responsible for the depth and texture of these songs. “If It’s In My Mind, It’s on My Face,” “Amazing," and “System” might feel generic if another artist sang them, but Seal uses his voice's full range to turn these light techno songs into works of beauty. Even a duet with Heidi Klum, “Wedding Day,” is saved by virtue of Seal’s gravity as a singer. The guitars in “Dumb” and “Just Like Before” suggest that these songs have roots in acoustic songwriting, but System stays remarkably faithful to its vision of club music; this is proven by “The Right Life,” the most hypnotic piece of house music Seal has made since releasing “Crazy” in 1991.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nearly 20 years after bursting out of the U.K. rave scene as the voice of Adamski’s “Killer,” Seal rediscovers his club-music roots on 2007’s System. Taking a break from longtime producer Trevor Horn, here Seal chose to work with electronic producer Stuart Price, best known for his techno remixes for artists like No Doubt, The Killers, and Coldplay. Price has a knack for turning authentic dance beats into all-inclusive pop tunes, but it's Seal who's responsible for the depth and texture of these songs. “If It’s In My Mind, It’s on My Face,” “Amazing," and “System” might feel generic if another artist sang them, but Seal uses his voice's full range to turn these light techno songs into works of beauty. Even a duet with Heidi Klum, “Wedding Day,” is saved by virtue of Seal’s gravity as a singer. The guitars in “Dumb” and “Just Like Before” suggest that these songs have roots in acoustic songwriting, but System stays remarkably faithful to its vision of club music; this is proven by “The Right Life,” the most hypnotic piece of house music Seal has made since releasing “Crazy” in 1991.

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