System (album)

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System
Studio album by Seal
Released 12 November 2007
Genre Soul, R&B, dance-pop, electronica
Length 47:22
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Stuart Price
Seal chronology
One Night to Remember
(2006)
System
(2007)
Soul
(2008)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 64/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B−[3]
IM 3/5 stars[4]
The Observer (favorable)[5]
Okayplayer 4/5 stars[6]
PopMatters 7/10 stars[7]
Q 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]
Slant 2.5/5 stars[9]
Uncut 2/5 stars[1]

System is the fifth studio album by British soul/R&B singer Seal, released on 12 November 2007. In his online blog, Seal described the album as a return to his dance roots and his best album since his debut.[10] However, it is his lowest-selling album to date in the US, selling 155,000 copies in the first year of its release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Seal. 

No. Title Music Length
1. "If It's in My Mind, It's on My Face"   Seal, Eric Schermerhorn, Stuart Price 5:11
2. "Amazing" (Thin White Duke Edit) Seal 3:27
3. "Just Like Before"   Seal, Schermerhorn, Price 4:42
4. "Loaded"   Seal, Bill Bottrell, Price 5:20
5. "Wedding Day" (Duet with Heidi Klum) Seal, Schermerhorn, Price 3:57
6. "System"   Seal, Schermerhorn 3:48
7. "Dumb"   Seal, Christopher Bruce, Schermerhorn 4:12
8. "The Right Life"   Seal, Price 5:09
9. "Rolling"   Seal, Schermerhorn 4:30
10. "Immaculate"   Seal 4:04
11. "Amazing"   Seal 3:02

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart[14] 5
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders) 56
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 51
Czech Albums Chart[15] 6
Dutch Albums Chart[16] 42
French Albums Chart[17] 33
German Albums Chart 13
Italian Albums Chart[18] 44
Portuguese Albums Chart[19] 27
Spanish Albums Chart 71
Swedish Albums Chart[20] 37
Swiss Albums Chart[21] 3
UK Album Chart[22] 37
US Billboard 200[23] 35

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
France (SNEP)[24] Gold 75,000*
Germany (BVMI)[25] Gold 100,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[26] Gold 15,000x

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Critic reviews from". Metacritic. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Neil Drumming (9 November 2007). "Entertainment Weekly review". Ew.com. 
  4. ^ IM review[dead link]
  5. ^ Paul Flynn (10 November 2007). "The Observer review". The Guardian (London). 
  6. ^ "Okayplayer review". Web.archive.org. 15 December 2007. 
  7. ^ Joseph, Mike. "PopMatters review". Popmatters.com. 
  8. ^ Seal (29 November 2007). "Album reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 23 November 2007. 
  9. ^ "Slant review". Slantmagazine.com. 10 November 2007. 
  10. ^ "Blog Archive » SEAL-REPORT". Seal. 5 June 2007. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  11. ^ "Seal Sings From His "Soul" On New Album". Billboard. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "iTunes – Music – System by Seal". iTunes Store. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "iTunes – Music – System (Bonus Track Version) by Seal". iTunes Store. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  14. ^ Steffen Hung. "Austrian Top 75 Albums". Austriancharts.at. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  15. ^ "ČNS IFPI". Hitparáda – TOP50 Prodejní (in Czech). IFPI Czech Republic. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  16. ^ Steffen Hung. "Dutch Mega Top 100 Albums". Dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  17. ^ Steffen Hung. "French Top 200 Albums". Lescharts.com. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  18. ^ Italy Top 100 Albums[dead link]
  19. ^ Steffen Hung. "Top Portuguese Position". Portuguesecharts.com. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  20. ^ Steffen Hung. "Swedish Chart Position". Swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  21. ^ Steffen Hung. "Swiss Top 100 Albums". Swisscharts.com. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  22. ^ "UK Chart Stats". Chartstats.com. 24 November 2007. Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 26 April 2011. 
  23. ^ Jonathan Cohen, "Keys Storms Chart With Mega-Selling 'As I Am'", Billboard, 21 November 2007.
  24. ^ "Les Certifications 2007" (in France). InfoDisc. Retrieved 3 February 2012. 
  25. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Seal; 'System')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. 
  26. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Seal; 'System')". Hung Medien. 

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