Snap judgment: Seal's "Amazing"

Given the near total absence of dance music from the Billboard charts over the last decade, I really want to like "Amazing," the new beat-driven single from Seal that was produced by Stuart Price (Madonna’s Confessions on a Dance Floor). And yet for some reason, the track, which gets an official single release this week, leaves me feeling like I just bit into a York Peppermint Pattie. Maybe it’s the way the verse and chorus seem to run together, robbing the song of any real emotional crescendo. Maybe I’m just not digging the new-agey lyrical approach Seal uses to discuss addiction issues. Or perhaps I’m still secretly hoping that if someone’s going to crack the Hot 100 with a dancefloor-ready ditty, it’ll be none other than Miss Jody Watley.

And with that, you may now use the comments section to insist that I discuss my Watley addiction with a therapist. Either that, or you can weigh in with your own opinion of whether "Amazing" is actually amazing — or not.

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  • Lance

    Who’s Jonathan Price? Do you mean Stuart Price?

  • Phil

    To love or hate “AMAZING”… As a card carrying homo like Michael I have an automatic genetic likening towards dance music in general & it has gotten a very unfair shake these past few years with getting next to no airplay on Top 40 radio. Thank god for satellite radio dance stations! But with that being said, Seal’s “AMAZING” is a great dance song, with a powerful message. The bets mix is the Kaskade mix, not a fan of the Thin White Duke mixes, since its just another alias for Stuart Price. I’m still amazed how much Warner Bros. pays him for multiple mediocre mixes..HAHA Seal has a very interesting road ahead of him though. Since “Amazing” was licensed to the new season of the Amazing Race before Seal’s new cd is even released, its going to seem out of place to hear the tune at a club, especially since most of them tend to play hip-hop anymore anyways. If the song doesn’t build a fanbase in the clubs, the chances of it being a pop hit are going to be slim, exposure on CBS or not.

  • Bernard

    I love, love, love “Amazing,” which isn’t the most danceable of tunes but the lyrics are fantastic, celebratory, and uplifting. I find it odd that Mr. Slezak doesn’t like the topicality of Seal’s kyrics since, as far as I can remember Seal has always incorporated topical issues in some form or another. After all, was not his first major (and danecable) hit, “Crazy,” about angst, depression and alienation? BTW, too many folks have been sleeping on Jody Watley for some time! Her coover of “Borderline” was fantastic and “Photographs” is a favorite of almost everyone I know. Somebody put her in touch with Timbaland! Stat!

  • Bernard

    Sorry about the typos. My dyslexia is in overdrive these days.

  • Slezak

    Lance, Thanks for spotting the typo!

  • Phil

    Oh and Jody’s MOST brilliant track is the phenominal Sal Dano remix of “If I’m Not In Love” which surprisingly isn’t avilable on iTunes (in either version), but is truly a must have for any Jody fan! One of my top 10 dance remixes of all time!

  • Myma

    Yeah, it’s better than most, but the song needs a bridge … actually I don’t remember from the first listen if it had a bridge, so if it did then it needs a _better_ bridge.

  • CineRam

    I can’t judge Seal’s albums by their singles anymore. The two singles for “Human Being” were the two dullest songs on the whole disc. “Waiting for You”, from his fourth disc, was decent enough, but it didn’t hold a candle to “Touch”, one of his very best. I like his music very much, but if I wasn’t already planning on buying his new album, I probably wouldn’t based on this track alone.

  • JuJuBee

    I don’t know if I like Seal’s new songs..They haven’t made enough of an impression for me to go buy it. Kiss from a Rose, prayer for the dying are classic. I love his voice.. so mellow and soothing. There is a new artists- Kenna with a beat-driven, song produced by Pharrell of the Neptunes.. It is great. Slezak, check that out. Sorry, Seal fans.

  • Gareth Edwards

    “Amazing” is a fabulous return to original form for Seal. Too long has his excellent music been languishing in the popularity doldrums that is the “adult contemporary” pigeon hole.
    For me, “Amazing” heralds the way to some great danceable tracks and anthemic remixes, the likes of which we haven’t seen since his first album 16 years ago.

  • Nancy

    No therapy for you! Jody Watley Rules! Still have the cassette.

  • Jack’s Brain

    Personally, I think the song is decent, it’s better than a lot of what is currently out there and it’s great to hear Seal rise back to form.

  • djm

    I downloaded the Thin White Duke Edit from iTunes and after hearing it about 5 times it just stuck in my head. I like the remix much better than the original though.
    Oh, and never apologize or feel bad about loving Miss Watley – she is amazing!

  • Dan

    Love LOve LOVE this song and the Kaskade and “Thin White Duke” remixes. I’ve had the CD for about a week now (hello, ahem, bittorrents–I will, though, buy the real thing on Tuesday when it is released) and it lives up the title–AMAZING. It’s like “Confessions On A Dancefloor” but sung by a man.
    Welcome back Seal. Of course, America being America, this song and the CD will flop. No biggie, though, I’ll be jammin’ to both the single and the CD for a long while to come.

  • Samantha Jones

    There is NOT one bad track on this CD..Thank you Seal for giving us yet another AMAZING CD..I am giving all my friends and family this for Christmas!!!!!

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