System (2007) Seal returns to his house-music roots with this fifth studio album — just don't expect to be swept up in ecstatic dance-floor escapism. Though the… 2007-11-13 Seal Pop
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System (2007)

EW's GRADE
B-

Details Release Date: Nov 13, 2007; Lead Performance: Seal; Genre: Pop

Seal returns to his house-music roots with this fifth studio album — just don't expect to be swept up in ecstatic dance-floor escapism. Though the soaring synths and four-to-the-floor beats recall strobe-lit discos of a bygone era, his lyrics remain grounded in the sort of heart-wrenching poignancy that anchored his most popular ballads. ''Everyone says you're amazing now that you're clean/Does anyone ask you?'' he sings over handclaps and cathedral-size chords on ''Amazing.'' Even when System's rigid tempos grow tedious, its words still move you.
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Originally posted Nov 09, 2007 Published in issue #964 Nov 16, 2007 Order article reprints