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It's hard to call System a comeback, as Seal never really went away (despite the long gaps between albums), but this 2007 album arrived with the greatest anticipation he's had since the mid-'90s, when his second eponymous album arrived just after the twin hits of "Crazy" and "Killer." All that anticipation had little do with Seal's music, it had more to do with his sudden re-emergence as tabloid fodder in the wake of his 2005 marriage to supermodel Heidi Klum. In the wake of the runaway reality TV hit Project Runway, Klum's star never burned brighter, and its luminescence spilled over to Seal as well, helping to propel him back to the spotlight. Stature so increased, Seal decided to ditch longtime producer Trevor Horn and hire Stuart Price, Madonna's collaborator for her calculatedly retro-disco Confessions on a Dance Floor. Seal employed Price for a similar purpose but instead of reaching way back into the electro past, he decided to revive the house-inflected sound of "Crazy" for System, right down to how the album's opener "If It's in My Mind, It's on My Face" rides a similar stuttering, surging sixteenth-note hook into its chorus. System may be a dance album but it never feels as if its meant for clubs and parties, unless they're upscale cocktail parties. This may not be as soft as the music he made after "Kiss from a Rose," but the feel is the same: it's calming, atmospheric music, even when the beat pulsates relentlessly, as on "Dumb" or "The Right Life." As this is an appealing sound, 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. She acquits herself well as the spouses exchange pledges of devotion, but it's just too silly to take seriously, yet it's so sincere in its convictions that it is more grabbing than the rest of the record. And it just may be appropriate that Heidi Klum dominates System, as she is the one responsible for Seal's return to the limelight, after all.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
If It's in My Mind, It's on My Face Album Version
00:05:10

Eric Schermerhorn, Writer - SEAL, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Stuart Price, Producer, Writer, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer - Ali Staton, Audio Recording Engineer - Nate Hertweck, Assistant Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Mike Honeycutt, Assistant Engineer

© 2007 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2007 Warner Records Inc.

2
Amazing Thin White Duke Edit
00:03:26

SEAL, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Jaycen Joshua, Mixing Engineer - Stuart Price, Producer, Additional Production, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Dave Pensado, Mixing Engineer - Ali Staton, Audio Recording Engineer - Nate Hertweck, Assistant Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Mike Honeycutt, Assistant Engineer - Think White Duke, Remixer

© 2007 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2007 Warner Records Inc.

3
Just Like Before Album Version
00:04:41

Eric Schermerhorn, Writer - SEAL, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Brian Gardner, Mastering Engineer - Stuart Price, Producer, Writer, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Ali Staton, Audio Recording Engineer - Nate Hertweck, Assistant Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - BILL BOTTRELL, Mellotron - Mike Honeycutt, Assistant Engineer

© 2007 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2007 Warner Records Inc.

4
Loaded Album Version
00:05:19

Henry Samuel, Lead Vocals - SEAL, Writer, MainArtist - Stuart Price, Producer, Audio Recording Engineer - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer - Mark 'Spike' Stent, Mixing Engineer - Alan Mason, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Ali Staton, Audio Recording Engineer - Nate Hertweck, Assistant Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - BILL BOTTRELL, Writer - Jake Davis, Assistant Mixing Engineer - Mike Honeycutt, Assistant Engineer

© 2007 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2007 Warner Records Inc.

5
Wedding Day Duet With Heidi Album Version
00:03:57

Heidi, FeaturedArtist, With Vocals - Eric Schermerhorn, Writer - SEAL, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Stuart Price, Producer, Writer, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer - Ali Staton, Audio Recording Engineer - Nate Hertweck, Assistant Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Mike Honeycutt, Assistant Engineer

© 2007 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2007 Warner Records Inc.

6
System
00:03:49

Eric Schermerhorn, Writer - SEAL, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Stuart Price, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer - Ali Staton, Engineer - Nate Hertweck, Assistant Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Mike Honeycutt, Assistant Engineer

© 2007 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2007 Warner Records Inc.

7
Dumb Album Version
00:04:11

SEAL, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Stuart Price, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer - CHRIS BRUCE, Acoustic Guitar - Christopher Bruce, Writer - Ali Staton, Audio Recording Engineer - Nate Hertweck, Assistant Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Mike Honeycutt, Assistant Engineer

© 2007 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2007 Warner Records Inc.

8
The Right Life Album Version
00:05:09

SEAL, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Stuart Price, Producer, Writer, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer - Ali Staton, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Nate Hertweck, Assistant Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Mike Honeycutt, Assistant Engineer

© 2007 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2007 Warner Records Inc.

9
Rolling Album Version
00:04:30

Eric Schermerhorn, Additional Guitar, Writer - SEAL, Additional Guitar, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Stuart Price, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer - Ali Staton, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Nate Hertweck, Assistant Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Mike Honeycutt, Assistant Engineer

© 2007 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2007 Warner Records Inc.

10
Immaculate Album Version
00:04:03

SEAL, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Stuart Price, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer - Ali Staton, Audio Recording Engineer - Nate Hertweck, Assistant Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Mike Honeycutt, Assistant Engineer

© 2007 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2007 Warner Records Inc.

11
Amazing
00:03:01

SEAL, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Brian Gardner, Mastering Engineer - Jaycen Joshua, Mixing Engineer - Stuart Price, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Ali Staton, Audio Recording Engineer - Nate Hertweck, Assistant Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Mike Honeycutt, Assistant Engineer - Dave Pensade, Mixing Engineer

© 2007 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2007 Warner Records Inc.

12
The Right Life Eddie Amador's Back Room Stripped Mix
00:08:21

SEAL, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Stuart Price, Producer, Writer, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Brian "Big Bass" Gardner, Mastering Engineer - Ali Staton, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Nate Hertweck, Assistant Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Eddie Amador, Additional Production, Remixer - Mike Honeycutt, Assistant Engineer

© 2007 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2007 Warner Records Inc.

13
Amazing Bill Hamel Vocal Edit
00:05:01

SEAL, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Brian Gardner, Mastering Engineer - Jaycen Joshua, Mixing Engineer - Stuart Price, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Ali Staton, Audio Recording Engineer - Nate Hertweck, Assistant Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Kevin Schoenbohm, Additional Production, Remixer - BILL HAMEL, Additional Production, Remixer - Mike Honeycutt, Assistant Engineer - Dave Pensade, Mixing Engineer

© 2007 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2007 Warner Records Inc.

14
Amazing Kaskade Remix
00:06:33

SEAL, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Brian Gardner, Mastering Engineer - Jaycen Joshua, Mixing Engineer - Stuart Price, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Kaskade, Additional Production, Remixer - Ali Staton, Audio Recording Engineer - Nate Hertweck, Assistant Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Mike Honeycutt, Assistant Engineer - Dave Pensade, Mixing Engineer

© 2007 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2007 Warner Records Inc.

15
Killer Live In Germany
00:06:31

Thomas Schmidt, Producer - SEAL, Writer, MainArtist - Tim Weidner, Engineer - Bernd Funkel, Executive Producer - Christopher Brussel, Executive Producer - Sascha Ducker, Producer - Adam Tinley, Writer

© 2007 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

16
Crazy Live In Germany
00:05:25

Guy Sigsworth, Writer - Thomas Schmidt, Producer - SEAL, Writer, MainArtist - Tim Weidner, Engineer - Bernd Funkel, Executive Producer - Christopher Brussel, Executive Producer - Sascha Ducker, Producer

© 2007 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

17
Get It Together Live In Germany
00:05:19

Mark Batson, Writer - Thomas Schmidt, Producer - SEAL, Writer, MainArtist - Tim Weidner, Engineer - Bernd Funkel, Executive Producer - Christopher Brussel, Executive Producer - Sascha Ducker, Producer

© 2007 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2006 Warner Records Inc.

18
Amazing Bill Hamel Stripped Mix
00:08:37

SEAL, Lead Vocals, Writer, MainArtist - Brian Gardner, Mastering Engineer - Jaycen Joshua, Mixing Engineer - Stuart Price, Producer, Mixing Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Ali Staton, Audio Recording Engineer - Nate Hertweck, Assistant Engineer, Audio Recording Engineer - Kevin Schoenbohm, Additional Production, Remixer - BILL HAMEL, Additional Production, Remixer - Mike Honeycutt, Assistant Engineer - Dave Pensade, Mixing Engineer

© 2007 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2007 Warner Records Inc.

Album Description

It's hard to call System a comeback, as Seal never really went away (despite the long gaps between albums), but this 2007 album arrived with the greatest anticipation he's had since the mid-'90s, when his second eponymous album arrived just after the twin hits of "Crazy" and "Killer." All that anticipation had little do with Seal's music, it had more to do with his sudden re-emergence as tabloid fodder in the wake of his 2005 marriage to supermodel Heidi Klum. In the wake of the runaway reality TV hit Project Runway, Klum's star never burned brighter, and its luminescence spilled over to Seal as well, helping to propel him back to the spotlight. Stature so increased, Seal decided to ditch longtime producer Trevor Horn and hire Stuart Price, Madonna's collaborator for her calculatedly retro-disco Confessions on a Dance Floor. Seal employed Price for a similar purpose but instead of reaching way back into the electro past, he decided to revive the house-inflected sound of "Crazy" for System, right down to how the album's opener "If It's in My Mind, It's on My Face" rides a similar stuttering, surging sixteenth-note hook into its chorus. System may be a dance album but it never feels as if its meant for clubs and parties, unless they're upscale cocktail parties. This may not be as soft as the music he made after "Kiss from a Rose," but the feel is the same: it's calming, atmospheric music, even when the beat pulsates relentlessly, as on "Dumb" or "The Right Life." As this is an appealing sound, 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. She acquits herself well as the spouses exchange pledges of devotion, but it's just too silly to take seriously, yet it's so sincere in its convictions that it is more grabbing than the rest of the record. And it just may be appropriate that Heidi Klum dominates System, as she is the one responsible for Seal's return to the limelight, after all.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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