System - Seal
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  • Summary: Seal's first studio album since 2003 includes a duet with his wife Heidi Klum.
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  1. His dance-pop tunes are surprisingly fresh and emotionally meaty, without a hint of complacency.
  2. For most of System, the indefatigable drum thumps and whizzing keyboard tones prevent Seal from getting too vaporous, while all his yearning comes through.
  3. The 10 songs are all strong, and placed in an order that creates an emotional arc, like a real--what's that word again?--album.
  4. Even when System's rigid tempos grow tedious, its words still move you. [16 Nov 2007, p.78]
  5. System goes down smooth, even if it's rather strange that it is so nostalgic for the pre-Clinton '90s, but this is so much a production piece that, apart from the acoustic 'Rolling,' the only song that stands outside of the sheer sonic gloss is 'Wedding Day,' a genuinely odd piece of kitsch duet with Heidi herself.
  6. People who like him, rejoice. Those who don't may continue to live without his music.
  7. System is a one-paced, staid affair, where almost everything suggests a tired version of Seal's first hit, 'Killer.'

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