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.