I am generally opposed to albums dominated by “modern” (read: contemporary) instrumentation. I hate bad 80s (and 90s!) synthesizers and generally do not like music that is made primarily by these instruments. Things that sound modern once do not normally sound modern later and that is a huge issue with so much of the pop music that was made between the late 70s and early 90s.
But the thing is that Lennox wrote a bunch of songs rooted in soul tradition – even if this is a very commercial version of that tradition – and the fundamental soulfulness of this record makes it sound far less dated than it should. Also, those songs are pretty good.
An added bonus is that Lennox treats her voice like Joni Mitchell would, using it to create this deep choir of backing vocals that add a lot to the keyboard-dominated arrangements. (This choir also shows off her range better than her lead parts.)
I like this a lot more than I thought I would.