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Songs In The Key Of Life

Stevie Wonder

1976

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Songs In The Key Of Life

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4

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After we'd lived in our current house for about 6 or 7 years, I found a taqueria 4 miles away that blew my mind. The burritos, the sauce - incredible. My first time eating it, it was so good that I wanted to punch everybody that lived around me in the face for not telling me about this hidden gem. I wasted the better part of a decade not knowing that the best green sauce I've ever had was right around the corner. There's really no excuse for not finding it myself, but why didn't you tell me about it, you jerks? That taqueria is this album. Best track: Sir Duke

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"Hi, site admin? Yeah, I just listened to Stevie Wonder's 'Songs in the Key of Life', and I need you to take all of the 5 stars I've given up to this point and just toss those out because those albums don't deserve them anymore." Apparently this was Stevie's EIGHTEENTH album? Like, I think by the time you hit eighteen you're allowed to start phoning it in a little bit, you know, you've got to be running out of material, right? Not for Stevie Wonder; this magnificent bastard must have gone "Oh, actually, this one's going to be a double album because I'm just that damn creative. Actually, can we squeeze in three MORE songs on an EP and ship them all together? I need to get some of these tracks out of here, they're really cluttering up my house." That's what blows me away; despite the hour forty-five runtime, the songs never grow stale, and not a single track doesn't carry its weight. There's a scene in the Iliad where Hephaestus crafts a shield for Achilles, and the book spends like four pages detailing the intricate scenes that the God of the Forge is able to shape into this shield. Problem is, you'll never see that god-crafted shield, and words will never be able to adequately describe its divine beauty. With that in mind: you *can* listen to this album. 6 out of 5 stars.

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5

This is a serious contender for my favorite album of all time. I'm not sure how such a long album can be as consistent as it is. There are just so many of my favorite songs on this album, it's almost unbelievable. Love's In Need Of Love Today is a great start to the album and feels very 70s in the best way possible. Have A Talk With God features some great harmonica in the background and its a taste of what's to come. Village Ghetto Land is one of the many songs on this album that I think is underrated. It showcases Stevies's excellent political songwriting. The synth string orchestra also adds a lot and makes the song really unique. Contusion is so funky and fusion-y and demonstrates Stevie's instrumental songwriting ability. What can I say about Sir Duke aside from the fact that it is one of the greatest songs of all time? The horns, the groove, the chord progressions, it's perfect. Same with I Wish. Knocks Me Off My Feet also falls into that category for me. The hi-hat especially is just amazing. Pastime Paradise was a surprise the first time hearing it but I see why it was sampled for Gangsta's Paradise, it's great! Summer Soft is extremely underrated. The key changes are so flawless and I need to know the music theory behind it. Also I'm always like "can he sing that high?" and the answer is always yes. It's incredible. Ordinary pain is similarly underrated and a nice closer to disk 1. Isn't She Lovely is also one of the greatest songs of all time and occasionally my favorite song on the album. I feel like there aren't enough songs about parents' love for their children. Also even though I'm not the biggest harmonica fan because I think it's often mediocre and unnecesary, Stevie Wonder is the exception that proves the rule. His harmonica solo is damn good. Joy Inside my tears is a solid, catchy ballad. Black Man is not Stevie's best song about Racism and it definetely wouldn't be made today but it's a good song nevertheless and it's educational and has a good message even if the way its communicated is outdated at times. Ngiculela-Es Una Historia is a really good song but it can't even really compete with what's to come. If It's Magic is another hidden gem. It's so understated and beautiful and good detour from the high energy that most of the album bring. Then there's As. Another contender for my favorite song off of this album. The next three songs (Another Star, Saturn, and Ebony Eyes) are a batch of extremely underrated songs. There are just too many good songs on this album for them all to get recognition but those three deserve more, especially Saturn. Another Star is an upbeat, dancable track with a killer flute solo. Saturn is a ballad that has no right to be as good as it is. The synth is also heavenly. Ebony Eyes is almost 50s but with talkbox (I think) and of course I love the saxophone. All Day Sucker has a really interesting melody and nice guitar solos. The album ends with Easy Goin' Evening where the harmonica takes the spotlight. The song sort of feels like an outro, bringing you back to the real world after the incredible experience you just had plus the two harmonicas go together really well and the tune is interesting as always. I rated each of the songs below to justify my rating. There isn't much about this album that I don't like. It's just so good and certainly one of my favorite albums. Today was a good day! Song Ratings: Love's In Need Of Love Today: 10 Have A Talk With God: 9 Village Ghetto Land: 9.5 Contusion: 10 Sir Duke: 10+ I Wish: 10+ Knocks Me Off My Feet: 10+ Pastime Paradise: 9.5 Summer Soft: 10 Ordinary Pain: 10 Isn't She Lovely: 10+ Joy Inside My Tears: 9.5 Black Man: 9 Ngiculela-Es Una Historia-I Am Singing: 9 If It's Magic: 10 As: 10+ Another Star: 10 Saturn: 10 Ebony Eyes: 10 All Day Sucker: 9.5 Easy Goin' Evening (My Mama's Call): 8.5 10/10

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Stevie Wonder is one of those widely and passionately loved musicians whose talent and work I can appreciate, and whose importance in, and influence on, music is absolutely huge, yet I just never really felt all that interested in what I was hearing. I don't dislike it, it just never clicked with me.

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5

An absolute masterpiece from top to bottom. Stevie sings with passion and soul and meaning, and his instrumentation is never better than it is here. The album is definitely front loaded with the hits but it’s also just a wonderful listen as an album. Top 20 all time for me, maybe top 10.

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5

A brilliant sprawling mess of greatness with an immense legacy. Every R&B, hip-hop and soul album since owes something to this album. So does rock and pop really. And then there’s the house and dance music genres which have also borrowed liberally from this record. The breadth and depth of musical styles and emotions, and the way these are weaved together throughout and speak to us is why this album is so good and why it will always resonate. And that’s the key here. In a cynical world so often full of gloom and pessimism, anger and despair, love will always the save day and that’s what Songs In The Key Of Life is ultimately about.

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5

Excellent album. Great showcase of Wonder’s broad and confident musical abilities on numerous instruments. Each song provides not only a unique feel but an insight to the artist’s life.

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5

5.0 + For its production, songwriting, vocals, instrumentation and message of love and acceptance, this album lives on a higher plane than almost any other piece of music. I've listened to this album countless times, and it still inspires awe. He wrote and performed everything on here, and what's more, this album closes the greatest consecutive run of albums released by arguably any music act ever. Such sublime highs at every corner. For me, this might be my one desert island record.

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This is when I knew for sure I’d been over generous with my ratings. This is a five star plus! This album is one of the greatest accomplishments in human history- what a privilege to share the planet with this man. The music just pours out of him, reinventing music along the way. Searing social commentary, history lessons, love songs for your beloved (unsatisfied presenting one of the prettiest love songs ever written in Knock Me Off My Feet, Mr Wonder just adds another with the euphoric As), love songs for your baby, straight up dance tracks, autobiography, spirituality - is there a topic Stevie isn’t inspired to write about? And the album isn’t some hodgepodge - somehow these diverse tones find a consistency and cohesion from the beautiful production throughout and the quality of the musicianship. Songs in the Key of Life, indeed.

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Always a joyful and groovy album to spin from Stevie

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I guess the double album is an anachronism. The studio doubles in particular were fun to compare and discuss. I like to think about how good of a single album the band could have released. For example, Who's Next was initially going to be a double album called Lifehouse. That bad boy worked quite well as a single LP.  I wonder how good double LPs like Exile on Main St, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and Sandinista! (a triple!)  would have been if half was left on the mixing room floor. Some doubles needed to be doubles to have time to  tell the story eg The Wall, Tommy and  Lamb Lies Down . . .  Finally, some, like London's Calling are so darn good I just can't think what to cut.  Songs in the Key is a beauty for sure, but I really think there was a 5 here if it were a single LP.

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Great album. Some straight up classics, and I was very impressed w/ the album cuts, especially the way Ordinary Pain breaks down into a funky clav showcase a quarter of the way through. But Sir Duke, I Wish, Isn’t She Lovely, As... The list goes on. The only reason it’s getting 4 stars is b/c I just know Talking Book and Innervisions are on here, and since I can’t give those more than 5, I have to give this slightly less. 4.8, easily, maybe even 4.9

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There is no doubt that Stevie Wonder is an absolute musical genius. Incredible songs, incredible groove, incredible musicianship. I do feel that the album is way too long. The quality is there throughout, but it feels like it should have been split into two separate offerings. Also, I found the child noises throughout 'Isn't She Lovely' pretty annoying - they take you away from the music. Regardless, Stevie absolutely deserves his legendary status, and this album absolutely deserves to be on this list.

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I feel like it's really difficult to dislike Stevie Wonder's style therefore the album is enjoyable to listen to. However I don't think this album needs to be this long and it just didn't keep my interest the whole way through.

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I'm having a hard time with Stevie Wonder albums. I think I only like the big hits. Everything else is just a style of music I'm not into at all.

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I'm not usually a fan of the genre but this was a nice surprise as I could listen to the entire album without fighting the need to skip songs. Nice as background music while working.

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I can do without ever hearing Isn't She Lovely ever again

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Been spending most of my life… thinking Gangsta’s Paradise was an original

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5

6/17 Masterpiece.

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5

So great! Love this album.

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5

endless listening on repeat

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5

Stevie’s masterpiece

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Inspired to have a great day because of this. We don’t deserve Stevie

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5

Dig it, funky, groovy, moving. Had heard many but really dug some new ones like talk with god, village ghetto land.

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10/10 Stevie is the GOAT and the album an easy top 10 all time pick

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5

This is an even better album than I remember it being. Even without the hits, it's solid all the way through. Stevie captures so many emotions so well 5/5

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One of my all time favorite albums

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5

Bonza. Cmon.

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5

Funky masterpiece

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5

Just one of the absolute greatest of all time. Though I will say there are a couple of songs that go on a little longer than I would like, it’s okay because they are great songs. Ambitious in length and material and yet it includes a plethora of songs that are as well known as anything.

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5

This is the easily the easiest 5 star album I've heard so far. 1hr 40 of absolute perfection. The 60s was the birth of ROCK but the 70s was where it all really came together for everything else. Too think this was released in the same era of so much 70s perfection and stand up and deliver a faultless record is unbelievable. I've got so much more to say and so many more listens of this to get through. Genuinely the first time in 99 days I've been legitimately blown away.

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say less. 10 out of 5 stars.

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5

What can you say? Real genius, and with such tremendous range

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5

One of the best albums ever

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5

Certified fresh classic

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5

Amazon of course.

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5

Stevie Wonder is one of the most talented musicians I have ever heard. I'm grateful for this list solely on the fact that I was introduced to his music. Thank you!

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Wonder's most successful album, and widely considered one of the greatest albums of all time (Rolling Stone has it in top 10).

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An absolute masterpiece. Pretty much perfect. 10/10 1. Pastime Paradise 2. Love's in Need of Love Today 3. Sir Duke

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Un classique tout simplement. Les 1h45 en valent la peine 100% 5*

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5

Great album. A bit soft but still amazing

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5

when pastime paradise came on

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Oh fuck ya Ser

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5

Easy 5, amazing album

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5

Steviieeeeeee

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5

This album is amazing and a must-listen. There have been so many modern songs that sample this gem.

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steeeeeevie

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The best

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Saved Prior: Sir Duke, Pastime Paradise Not Saved: 21. Easy Goin' Evening 20. If It's Magic 19. Love's In Need Of Love Today 18. Ngiculela-Es Una Historia-I Am Singing 17. Black Man (without the outro this would've been saved) Cutting Edge: 16. Ordinary Pain 15. Summer Soft 14. Have A Talk With God 13. Knocks Me Off My Feet Saved: 12. Ebony Eyes 11. Joy Inside My Tears 10. All Day Sucker 9. I Wish 8. Contusion 7. Village Ghetto Land 6. Saturn 5. Isn't She Lovely 4. Another Star 3. Pastime Paradise 2. As 1. Sir Duke Overall Notes: Another album where I didn't think I was going to give it a 5 but after looking back over it I clearly liked it a lot. Even the songs I didn't really like clearly belonged on the album (except the last one) and these songs work on their own and hit even better when placed with one another. That blind mf don't miss!

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Lots of styles within the album, and the songs are so good and they flow so nicely.

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Maravilloso

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This album is full of hits and one I will go back to forever. Amazing all around.

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5

Loved every song! Powerful then, powerful now.

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Masterpiece

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Brilliant. All say Sucker

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we can't even give stevie a peek?

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I FUCKING LOVE THIS ALBUM

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Simply put, one of the best albums ever made. A singular artist working at the peak of his abilities.

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stevie wonder. a classic. he has a number of incredible hits. excellent songs. beautiful lyrics. excellent vibes all around.

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What can you say...classic!

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Such an incredible album, I think it's one of Stevie's best, if not the best album of his. My favourite songs are Sir Duke, Have A Talk With God, Pastime Paradise and Isn't She Lovely. 5/5 stars.

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Stevie Wonder is a goat

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Wonderful

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JA dit is muziek bruurs, hier word ik gelukkig van. Isn't she lovely; i cry everytime Ook een lang album maar hierbij stoort het niet want dit is voor die mooie lange zondagochtend.

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5 Boys hoe goed is dit. Prachtig ook wat samples in de hiphop van dit album (eerste song --> smile -Jay-z). Ga ik zeker nog opzetten, sowieso op het werk in de office maar het is ook gewoon een dagelijkse vibe. Als ik dan toch iets negatief moet zeggen is het dat het wel een zeer lang album is (double disc i guess). sir duke <3_<3

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Sir duke & isn't she lovely zijn echt een masterpiece

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Nonostante la durata di quest'album vada oltre i miei standard, l'ho ascoltato almeno tre volte prima di decidermi. Non so che dire regà, è tipo curato a livelli maniacali! L'ultima volta, l'ho ascoltato con le cuffie e sono rimasto colpito ancora di più dai dettagli che mi ero perso. Ogni cosa si incastra alla perfezione. A livello compositivo lui è un genio. Quindi concludo dicendo che il mio voto nasce proprio da tutti quei dettagli che caratterizzano la sua musica e dal fatto che riconosco una certa visione nel suo modo di scrivere che a me è quasi aliena.

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oooh yeah babyyyy “Joy Inside My Tears”😍😍😍 hottie

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Excellent

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Oh man very familiar with this album. Fucking pristine tracks cover to cover. Have A Talk With God up next to Village Ghetto Land is lots of whiplash. Contusion!! Sir Duke sparkles like a new copper penny with lush orchestration and feels just as joyful as when it was first made. Then to hit the listener with I Wish. Past time Paradise is a great track. I mean everything on here is a great track. Even the Extra LP tracks add a bunch of great tunes.

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5

Amazing album. So many hits.

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Amazing album. Going to be hard to beat.

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On elf the greatest of all time

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Maravilloso, apabullante, lamento mucho llegar a esto luego de tantos años. Se oye "macizo", me encantó. Sobre todo el disco 1, aunque el 2 no es que le ponga peros. Canciones que más disfruté: "Contusion", "I Wish", "Pastime Paradise", "Summer Soft" y "Another Star" 10/10.

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5

Uno de los mejores discos de los 70. Y de la historia. Escúchenlo en vinil.

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очень крутой альбом от легендарного Стиви)

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Wow what a bloody long album that was. Enjoyed dusk 1 more than dusk 2 but some brilliant songs on there. He's a song writing power house. Didnt know gangsters paradise was a rip off one of these songs. its gotta be a 5

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An all-time masterpiece. So many wonderful songs on this album.

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5

YES! What an amazing record. For such a long double-player the overall quality of the tracks is amazing. Stevie's talent shines through on this. The musicality and lyricism is incredible.

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5

Beautiful but so long. 9/10

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Variety, excellent hooks, eminently listenable over and over. I was delighted to be reacquainted with this album after a long layoff.

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Blind

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Wow, first time I've had two in a row that I own on vinyl, and it's while I'm on vacation. Classic. This is an album that I've somehow never listened to fully before, but boy was I missing out. I just didn't know Stevie's catalog like that. Man, there are so many unbelievable jams on here. Songs I've heard, songs I've never heard before, songs I didn't realize were actually Stevie's. Pastime Paradise--I didn't know that was the original prior to Gansta's Paradise (which became Amish Paradish courtesy of Weird Al). But of all the songs on here, "If It's Magic" stopped me in my tracks. Almost brought me to tears. Never heard that before, and it's impossibly lovely. Such beautiful lyrics, chord changes, and melody. The harp is perfect. Man, what a perfect song. Even without that track, this would get a 4.5 but I'm going with another 5 star here. The album runs a bit long, but the tracks I loved accounted for an entire hour. I'll be returning to this quite a bit. Favorite tracks: If It's Magic, Isn't She Lovely, I Wish, Sir Duke, As, Another Star, Pastime Paradise. Album art: Iconic. Seen this a million times. This and Talking Book are my favorites from him. Such a cool, warm design. 5/5

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If you listen to this 💿 it is full of Stevie’s love for so many areas of his life: Sir Duke, I wish, isn’t She Lovely, As , are just unforgettable for me. Then learning he was blind soon after birth you realize you are in the presence of one of Gods gift to us all…appropriately named Wonder!! Such a cool cover in the 70’s. Superstitions was unforgettable too

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5

Even though I've heard most of these songs a million times, sitting down and listening through was incredible. The songwriting, vocal performances, and the playing - all so so good. And the production is great!

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Love's in need of love today is so poignant, especially seeing as it's an over 40 year old song. He was not wrong, and look where we've gotten.

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too long

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5

Simply put, it's a classic album by one of the world's greatest artists. Pretty much have to give it five stars, although it may be a little biased because I grew up listening to Stevie Wonder.

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10

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Love this album. It’ weird to hear the source of some famous samples sometimes,

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a soul extravaganza, brimming with energy and joy

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Zo funky zoveel hits op 1 plaat

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Truly a classic album. Very soulful.

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Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Sir duke, I wish, Pastime paradise, Joy inside my tears, As, Another star, All day sucker

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Ett klockrent album rakt igenom, finns ingen låt av de 21st inkluderade som inte drar sin del i detta toppenalbum. Det skulle verkligen kunna vara ett samlingsalbum a'la 'greatest hits' för ett banbrytande band med massa album under bältet. Men att Stevie bara skiter ut banger efter banger på vad som ser ut att vara hans 17:e album utan den minsta antydan på att ens skrapa på ytan av sin inspiration är beundransvärt. Kvaliteten på albumet matchar låtarna i att vara absolut toppklass. Där ljudet omfamnar huvudet mjukt med bra separation, och där kören och blåset bl.a har häftig dynamisk steriomix som får ljudet att 'pop' på ett sätt som annars lite 'för proffsiga' album kan sakna. Stevie lyckas ta höga volymer utan att slå i taket och kören är fortfarande kristallklara då de sjunger lägre. 'Omfånget' är enormt och allt återges superläckert. Jag tycker Stevie lyckas bemästra både "less is more" OCH "more is more" i detta album. Det kreativa geniet bakom t.ex. "Talk with God" där det verkar vara typ 20 olika ljudspår av diverse synt, slag och analoga(?) effekter, svag backing choir och munspelsslingor som studsar runt, fram och tillbaka, upp och ner i ljudrummet utan att framstå plottrigt eller stökigt utan istället 100% naturligt och självklart? Stevie följer direkt upp detta med "Village Ghetto Land" som vad jag kan höra bara är synt och stråk (?) utan att kännas för avskalad mot kontrast av föregående låten? Samma mästerskap över minimalism kan man hitta i andra melodier på plattan, vilket verkligen förkroppsligar Antoine de Saint-Exupérys citat "Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." (LOL förlåt) vilket vissa smoothbrains inte verkar förstå. Efter den rätt snygga uppvisningen i återhållsamhet så följer Contution, en kort men intensiv proggrocks-runk som tagen direkt ifrån Frank Zappas katalog. SEN kör han "Sir Duke" vilket har dissekerats av folk kunnigare än mig som hyllar den till skyarna över dess kreativa tonsättning. Allt jag vet är att den SLAPS. EFTER DET så kommer de funkigaste slingan sen Superstition; och så fortsätter det ...i 21 låtar!! Alla tallar lite på diverse teman, utförande, genrer men alla är på en sådan nivå att det kan vara det bästa kombination av utförande, produktionskvalitet, känsla, musikalisk talang och geni i sina respektive genrer, för Stevie är det mest ett kul sidospår. Man plockar inte albumets övergripande tema för än man är några varv igenom (och läser titeln..) där alla låtar (med kanske några utantag?) touchar på olika aspekter i ett liv, från fattigdom, rasism, kärlek, romans och övergripande samhällskritik och framtida utsikter. Enbart detta album innehåller flertal låtar som man har visslat på sen man var liten utan att ens veta om vem Stevie Wonder är. Mannen ÄR ett musikalisk geni som andas, dricker, äter, pissar och skiter ENBART certifierade BANGERS. Allt han rör vid blir till guld.

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D kanon!!! Lite biased för pappa spelade det mkt när jag va liten. Alla låtar är inte hits men de bra väger upp för det och overall vibe 10/10

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Stonking

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Really good.

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genial

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Great Album! Sir Duke is one of the most uplifting, fun songs out there

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Stevie is one of the greatest of all time. I Wish I’d have got this album over the weekend to really do it justice and listen to every song properly - some dark moments in there - families eating dog food to survive. Even the double album with the bonus 7” doesn’t out stay it’s welcome. I’m probably going to listen to this again today.

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Classic 4, slaps. Actually probably a 5 this is great

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מדהים. כל מילה מיותרת. יצירת מופת

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5

that was a REALLY good album, 10/10 it was a bit of a shock to find out that Gangstas Paradise was actually a cover tho

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Great album love soul and funk

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Full of classics.

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Una de les obres mestra dels '70 i un home en plena eclosió de creativitat i inspiració. Més enllà dels seus temes més destacats, tot el disc, gairebé hora i mitja, mereix un monument a la música millor entesa, sentida, i expressada

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A classic

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5

Loved it

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One of the best to ever do it. His voice is like butter for my eardrums.

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5

An easy 5. Thought that this album would end up getting tired by the end but... loved it all. All day sucker, second last song, was one of my favorites! Loved the bass line

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5

What an extraordinary piece of work, the sort of album that inspires other artists to reach for higher ground themselves.

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5

That's a lot of Wonder.

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Muito gostosinho

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5

A Five Stars album from this soul master ...

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5

- I like Stevie Wonder a lot, so that's easy. - I listened to "I Wish" a lot with another arrangement, but I do not remember where. - "Pastime Paradise" is another song that I think has been sampled/remixed a lot. - "Isn't she lovely" is a great classic and it needs no comments. - The second half of the album is weaker and slower.

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I think it's safe to say that the 70s belonged to Stevie Wonder. Whereas any and all genres and trends and bands came, dominated, mutated and went, Stevie was that one nucleus that everyone relied on and said that he was worth the time spent listening to. After five albums in six years of sheer, relentless creativity unparalleled and unmatched in R&B/Soul, Songs in the Key of Life more than lives up to its title. There is hardly a bum note throughout the near two hours of audio bliss that is contained here. This album is ecstatic, triumphant, bold, colorful and even educational at points. If musicians listened to this album on the day of its release and realized that it wasn't worth matching up to or surpassing, therefore quitting their industry of choice, they wouldn't be blamed. If I had to give this ten stars, I would. Five doesn't do it justice. Spectacular album.

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Pastime Paradise --> Gangsta's Paradise --> Amish Paradise = evolution, fool. Just kidding. This album is longer than it needs to be but there are lots of great moments. Favorite tracks: Sir Duke and I Wish are a one-two punch of coolness. Ordinary Pain - I dig the "response" section. Isn't She Lovely? is a beautiful song but I could do without the crying baby (even if it's about his first daughter). "As" is one of my favorites on the album - no idea why he didn't just title it "Always." Least Favorite - Saturn - um, yeah, those lyrics are pretty bad. Technically this was on a "bonus" disk, so maybe it doesn't count. I'd call this album a 4.5 and I'll round it to a generous 5, because I've been listening to and enjoying it for days.

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5

Dang. They don't make 'em like Stevie Wonder anymore do they? I've always been a "radio" fan of his - love his music and profess to be a fan but I don't own any albums and mostly listen to him when he's on the radio. And really that was when I was a kid/teen. I do have a group of friends where we'll put on some Stevie when we get together but really, I think this was the first time I listened to an entire album of his on my own. And what an album! 2 discs, 4 sides, and a bonus side - it almost doesn't even matter what the second disc sounds like after the first one. The legacy of this album is clear in how many of these songs have been sampled. He brings so much variety - soft, subtle arrangements on some songs (Knocks Me off My Feet, Summer Soft, Joy Inside My Tears), funk or upbeat tempos on others (Sir Duke, I Wish, Ordinary Pain), and still something in the middle on others via funky/upbeat tempo but softer content (Have a Talk With God, Isn't She Lovely, As). Some songs that I didn't remember but thought were awesome were Love's In Need of Love Today (beautiful), Contusion (a funk odyssey), Black Man (powerful), If It's Magic (also beautiful). He pours his heart and soul into every minute; while he sometimes reminds us of our shortcomings he also often reminds us of what is good in this world. Could use some more of that these days. A nearly 2hr masterpiece.

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5

One of the things I really liked about this album was how every song was different from the previous song. I have only seen that happen once before (Faith No More's King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime). Sir Duke... I played this song when I was in the Marching Ravens, what a great piece, but that brass part is a bear. Pastime Paradise... did not know that that was where Gangsta's Paradise came from. Shows you what I know. Easy Goin' Evenin' - Loved the harmonica on this I was surprised at how much there were a few songs that sounded like things were sampled, but it was 76 so I know that that wasn't the case. Great album, listened to it a few times and that doesn't happen too much for these.

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5

Nothing new to say. Genius from front to back. Classic status for a good reason

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5

Album de la vida

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5

This was an impressive effort. I really think it is one that would have been improved by making it shorter but even the songs I didn't like as much were still 3+ or 4+ songs. I'd listen to this any place any time. Some of the social commentary was a little too heavy-handed for my taste but usually the groove made up for it. 4.6 stars

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5

So many hits on this (admittedly long, though never boring) album. Consistently excellent. The only songs I might skip on occasion are Village Ghetto Land and Ngiculela, but that's probably just because I suck rather than the songs, ya know? I also hate the baby crying on Isn't She Lovely. Yes, I know the story behind it and yes, I still hate it. Other than that, though, it's *chef's kiss*.

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5

This album is one of my all time favourites. Great and catchy songs from start to finish. I think I have a slight preference for Volume 2, especially because some of the tracks on Volume 1 are just slightly too long sometimes. Nevertheless, both are great.

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5

Prachtig album, dit verdient wel 5 sterren

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5

An absolute classic. SW at his peak.

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5

Fantastic album. Imagine my surprise when I noticed it was a double!

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5

4.6 - what an epic opus of an album. It’s hard to put out nearly two hours of music without filler, but Wonder did it here. Was filled with songs I know themselves, songs I knew through later samples and songs I was unfamiliar with, but utterly amazed by. “Black Man” was my favorite new discovery off the album. Will be coming back.

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5

I have loved this album for years. Between talking Book and this album I don't think Stevie could have really done anything poorly in the 70s.

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5

One of the best albums, period

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5

FIVE STARS An all-time classic As is usually the case with those five-stars albums, I won't write a full-blown review about this particular record, because others have already written wonderful stuff about it and there's not much I can add that I feel could be relevant and interesting. It's just a gem. Go and listen to it a.s.a.p. Number of albums left to review or just listen to: 951 Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens: 23 (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: 12 Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important to me): 15

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5. It's a 5. The album is a 5. Everybody knows it's a 5 even if they're too afraid to give it a 5. I've listened to this album before and I remember when I first saw it in my parent's album collection. I thought it would be okay, I mean it's Stevie Wonder after all, but I never expected (before I listened to it) that it would be so impactful, creative, and masterful. It was album of the year, it's his bestselling album, and it's a 5. 'Love's In Need Of Love Today' as an appetizer, moving into 'Have a Talk With God,' just, how can you listen to those two opening songs and not fall in love with this album. And then it hits you over the head with 'I Wish' and 'Pastime Paradise.' And that's just the first half. Incredible. 5/5. It's just a 5. Get over it.

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5

Absolutely loved this album. It's so funky. Stevie Wonder is obviously a legend but I had never sat down and listened to an album of his all the way through, and I'm really glad that I did. There are some obvious favorites like Sir Duke and Isn't she lovely, but some of the lesser known songs on the album like I Wish, Ordinary Pain, Another Star, and All Day Sucker are real gems as well.

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5

Vinyle

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5

Wonderful album and probably Stevie wonders most complete. Between the Melodies and great songwriting this album is an R&B classic. Almost half of the album is full of classic songs. This is a must listen and relisten all the time. 8.9/10

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5

Good album. Some big hits

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5

My second Stevie Wonder album in this exercise and what is considered his masterpiece. I'd have to agree: what an achievement! This is a big, double album; it is a sprawling in the best sense covering a lot of ground, musically and lyrically. Just look at Side A: "Love's in Need of Love Today" - a very soft, soulful song with Stevie longing for more love in the world, "Have a Talk with God" - complex keyboards and noises and more spiritual by having a talk with God about problems, "Village Ghetto Lord" - more serious song about the crime, poverty, starvation with a majestic symphonic background, "Contusion" - mostly instrumental and a 70's jazzy-guitar and prog-rock feel and finally, "Sir Duke"- a joyous homage to Duke Ellington and one of my all-time favorite songs. And now, we still have three more sides of music. The rest of the album does not slow down in variety, originality and excellence. So many highlights: the grooves of "I Wish" and "Isn't She Lovely", the soul of "As" and the majesty and uplifting of "Another Star." Some may crtique the excess with the album and some song lengths. A number of songs do clock in at the six to eight-minute length. It did not bother me too much. This album is rightfully considered one of the best albums of all time and also included into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress for its culturally, historically and aesthetically significance.

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5

Amazing album. Loved it growing up, and it’s still just as great today as it was upon first listen.

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5

Amazing

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5

I don't really know why but I usually find Stevie Wonder's albums to be long, even when they are not, so when I found myself in front of his double (and highly praised) album I felt a bit overwhelmed before even embarking on the journey. But what a journey this was! Yes, it's long, but it's thoroughly consistent and varied at the same time.  Village Ghetto Land with its string arrangement is a nice change in pace. As Confusion came up, I had to check my player, as I thought it had switched me to a 70s prog band. I already knew Pastime Paradise as it was sampled somewhere. Ordinary Pain is plain funk with female vocals and it also comes out of nowhere as if it were played from another artist, another album. I also knew Isn't She Lovely, probably a radio staple? He's kind of cute singing in Spanish, but please don't let him do that again! No Spanish to be reported on As but pretty much Latin rhythm with gospel-like choruses, while Another Star has an eye on Rio.  Final verdict, an absolute classic, in spite of its length. It feels at times like a various artists compilation. Very few songs feel like filler and it was less tiring than expected. 

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delícia de ouvir. nem tão funky como algumas músicas do stevie, mas menos baladinha do que a fase 80s dele. amei conhecer e quero absorver tudo desse álbum

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5

classic

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5

There's just too much to love on this album to give it a lower rating

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5

For being 1 hour 45 minutes it was never bored. Really liked if it’s magic

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5

THIS IS MY FAVORITE ALBUM OF ALL TIME AND IT WILL ALWAYS BE!!! Legitimately the best album EVER RECORDED in the history of Western music!!!! I would give it 100 stars if I could.

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5

Just wonder!

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5

I put this in the realm of some of the best albums of all time.

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5

maybe the greatest album ever made

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4

Brightened my day thats for sure.

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4

I was already familiar with a few songs on this album but had never listened to it all the way through. Super impressed with the instrumentation on a lot of the songs. 'Contusion' in particular is fantastic. The sound is both super 70s (which in turn makes it sound a bit dated) but also timeless, traditional jazz in other aspects. It's really good but I can't see myself listening to the album from start to finish on regular rotation which is what keeps me from giving it 5 stars. I'm an idiot for not knowing about Pastime Paradise? Okay on second thought this album is fucking incredible but still won't be in my regular rotation save for a handful of songs. So 4 stars it is.

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4

This was a long listen, but very worthwhile. I liked the complexity of it at times.

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4

Hit after hit after hit. Practically a greatest hits record. Soul, funk, rock, it's got it all. Just a tad bit long. Favorite tracks: "I Wish", "As", "Black Man", "Isn't She Lovely"

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4

Has the classics Sir Duke and I Wish on it, a groovy, soul album by none other.

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4

Great company. Wonderful messages. Will revisit lots of these.

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4

So many great hits, some really interesting protest/civil rights songs and messages.

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4

Groß. Nicht GANZ groß, aber schon sehr groß. Das Album und auch manche Songs sind ein bisschen zu lang. Höre gerade 'Black Man‘ in Dauerschleife.

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4

Loved it. Lotta cool bass riffs. Soulful and funky as fuck

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4

Far too long but very good song om it

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7.5

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Bra, pastime paradise klassiker. Inget för mig dock. Seg

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4

Relaxing and enjoyable

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4

Love Stevie Wonder and this album has several favorites (Sir Duke especially).

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4

Rating after listening to half the album, but don’t need any further info. It’s a long album! Lots of 10 songs that are just pure unadulterated music, and I chase the idea of lack of pretension when listening to music and Stevie Wonder is the epitome of that lack thereof. Just such a joy to listen to and wonder for a last name is well warranted. The only reason I didn’t list it at 5 stars is there is some fluff, it’s not as “tight” as I like my albums. It’s my fault more than anyone else’s but I’m not a fan of most “jamming” when it gets repetitive without too much character to it.

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4

bueno

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4

Lots of songs, lots of soul. I've never listened to this whole album before but knew a lot of the songs. I really like Stevie Wonder and this album is great.

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4

There are some good songs on it

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4

Really good funk, great musicianship. This is why Stevie's so frequently returned to.

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4

Boom DAJE!

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4

Quite a change-up after Jon Spencer! I think I actually borrowed this CD from the Toronto Public Library back in the 90s. So many classic tracks here. A cast of thousands in the studio. Some nice jazzy bits. I think if you put all the outstanding tracks together, that CD would be a 5. Some of the others are heading in the direction of “I just called to say I love you”

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5 if it was shorter

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For an 18th album to be a 1 hr 45 min, 21 track, double + album, and be regarded as Wonder's masterpiece and an all time classic illustrates his genius. Personally preferred disc 1 to the more experimental disc 2 and b-side-esque 7", so can't give it 5*s. Love the ambition and first half of the record, but in my view less would have been more.

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4

Solid album from Stevie

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4

Some classics on here, but a bit overlong

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4

stevie at his best. 4 cause there is still some filler and i prefer innervisions..

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4

So many classics, so happy, so powerful.

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4

Great - again could be a single album.

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4

I think the songs I didn't know from this album are more interesting than the ones I did know.

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4

Chille muziek. erg fijn

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4

Some of the best moments in recorded music here, but oddly it’s too long

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4

Phenomenal talent, impact is undeniable, especially on Pastime Paradise. A little long to be an album for me to come back to and listen all the way through, but there are definitely songs I would like to give another listen Saved: Sir Duke, Pastime Paradise

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solid, not as good as coldplay album tho

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4

Es bastante bueno, pero las canciones son larguísimas y da la sensación de ser interminable. Fuera de eso está bastante bien.

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jeez its long. am i supposed to listen to the reissue? suuuuuper nice start. lol i'd never listened to the song that gangster paradise samples. baby at the start of isnt she lovely scared the shit out of me lol. theres this little camera shutter sound that made me think i was accidentally taking screenshots lol. im done, album was VERY good but im conflicted if i like the length or not lol cause its not easy making a long album work and this really works i think. but its a little much, almost 2 hours long. i was sorta ready for it to be done before the last 4 tracks. curious if ill come back to it.

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Stevie wonder groova come pochi e si sentono solo piccoli accenni alle polpette degli anni successivi. A volte si sta sull’orlo dell’esagerazione ma si rimane cool.

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Contusion: La prima che m'è piaciuta, forse perché il vecchio Stevie non apre bocca. Pastime Paradise: Nonostante la fama devo ammette che è un gran pezzo. Ordinary Pain: Figa la coda alla fine Isn't she lovely: No dai, l'assolo de armonica è veramente eccessivo. Black Man: Forse la tira un po' per le lunghe però figa. As: Mazza questa è figa forte. La smattatura finale m'ha fatto venì la pelle d'oca, non possono non tenerne conto.. Another Star: Pure questo figo ammazza, se l'è lasciati tutti per la fine. Ebony Eyes: Vale solo per l'assolo di chitarra fatto co la voce. All Day Sucker: L'arrangiamento è bello sbroccato, figo il basso e l'andamento mezzo funk ma zoppicante. Il vecchio Tonino non glie l'avrebbe mai fatto fa sto pezzo. In conclusione: Minchia! E' partito veramente male con la prima che secondo me è indubbiamente la peggiore del disco, ma poi è decisamente ripartito. Io Stevie Wonder me lo ricordavo molto più sciapetto e invece cazzo zio Stevie je l'ammolla! Si sente che questo era il periodo in cui i musicisti erano veramente forti, la maggior parte dei pezzi so un pretesto per cazzeggiare e molti dei pezzi so tipo come vorrei fa i pezzi io: 1 minuto de pezzo e 5 de finale. Diciamo che se sente l'influenza '70 e RnB e quando partono le ballatone so proprio na smarmellatura de palle, però quando è figo è veramente figo. Tra l'altro suona da paura non se sa come fa, non sembra per niente un disco del 76 se non fosse per i vari synth. M'ha lasciato la voglia di risentirlo.

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Never heard the non-singles. Wow, Contusion is one of the best he's ever written. This deserves its reputation. Although.... most of the vamps go on like 2x too long, and it's a repeated problem so it gets kinda distracting. Ordinary Pain's vamp is great, the rest kinda go nowhere.

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4

Way better than expected 9/10

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Classic!

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4

Good funky soul album

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4

- wonderful, joyous and jazzy - consistent album, nice flow - some funky standouts and big hitters (Sir Duke being more popular than Isn't She Lovely surprised me)

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Excelente álbum. La música cautiva a primera escucha con su groove hipnótico y con sus excelentes baladas. Sin embargo, me atrevo a decir que su duración le arrebata el título de obra maestra, especialmente la segunda mitad que es un poco menos concisa y apretada que la primera. Para mí un sólido 9/10 (4 estrellas)

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4

Starts super groovy. Great first song. Summer soft worst song so far.

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4

It's a classic, some excellent tracks. As a whole album it's too long for me to listen to in one sitting, but still good stuff

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4

A modern-day classic.

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4

Some classics there but I’m happy to wait to hear them every now and again on the radio. Nevertheless 4*

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Enjoyed this album. Crazy to hear all the tracks of his on here that have been sampled elsewhere into huge songs. I loved Contusion, it's basically a Steely Danier Steely Dan song. Easy Goin Evening is also a great little jazz transition closer

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4

Fantastic by almost all accounts. The album is quite long and does begin to drag after "As" and the synths used throughout are a bit dated. However, the hits can't possibly be denied. I mean, Sir Duke... It's Sir Duke.

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4

Really good album!! Just a bit too long😅

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Enjoyed iy

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Every other song, I had a moment of "OH THIS SONG". So iconic. I just felt the album was a little long.

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Genius

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Some great songs on here, but it does outstay its welcome a little bit.

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Bangers

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Yes it's very good, lots of bangers. And didn't know Gangster's Paradise was a ripoff. Bit too long though and some filler

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8/10. Really long, but good music. Doubt I'll want to listen to it all in one sitting again.

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8, incredibly good, would be higher but it's so long

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7/10. I’d want to score this higher because it has some amazing tracks but it’s just too fucking long , I know this would be a 5 star single album if they had just cut it down

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I've been just putting ratings on these last few albums because it's a lot to catch up on but wanted to make a note about this one. This was a fantastic album, the original longer than one CD type album and I was here for it. Yes it ran long, and yes there were some that I wasn't a fan of, but I could feel the bones of so many current day songs within this album just like Stevie mentioned with Pastors Paradise and others. Stevie Wonder truly is that, and it is incredible that he gifted this album to the world and felt the need to make so much music within one timeframe. I can't wait to listen to some of these again.

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A favorite of mine in high school

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No brainer! I love Stevie....and this album is the best of the best. He is a craftsman sitting behind the keyboard, a sound that just fills the heart and soul with rhythm, a classic! His voice so his own. So much talent accumulated into one body.

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Dobar, prerade jos bolje (y)

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“You wanna impress me? Take the wheel for a little while, motherfucker!” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0_vTUnokNU Even Ezequiel thinks my mind is gone https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lOfZLb33uCg

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4

Decent… just really long. That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy it!

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Enjoyed this, 1st time listening to a Stevie album, only familiar w the big hits. Loved the funk, wasn't into the jazz. I'll own it, I don't care for Contusion. Some of the slower lovey songs got a little long for me. Depressing how relevant some of these lyrics are 45 yrs later. My Highlights! Village Ghetto Land Sir Duke ☆☆☆☆☆ Pastime Paradise surprised me too folks Ordinary Pain after 2:40 The harp on If It's Magic bc fucking harp Saturn Ebony Eyes

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Stevie Wonder was pretty great and that includes this album. It's definitely on the long side and could have benefited from cutting some of the less exciting songs. But there are some fantastic tracks on here such as As or Another Star and the album has a lot of variety going for it.

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lyssna inte på fnaskask detta är ett bra album

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Mate. I will neeever tire of Sir Duke, and shoot me dead if ever I listen to it without miming the horns. Classy all round. Fav new track: Pastime Paradise cos I HAD NO IDEA 🤯

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Quick notes as I catch up: super good, way easy to listen to.

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Kósý

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I try to like Stevie Wonder due to his obvious talent, but some of his songs are just so syrupy. I prefer the tracks with more funk or social commentary. It's fun to pick out the samples that have been used in other songs like "Gangsta's Paradise" and "Wild Wild West".

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my man <3

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Ich mag die Alben aus der Liste bislang sehr gern, aber dieses hier wirkt anfangs etwas generischer um dann aber eine Genialität herauszulösen, wie beim Waschen von Gold. Das dreckige Ghetto verbrämt in bei-barocken Klängen, Gedanken zum Gegen-, Bei- und Miteinander dominieren die lyrics und die schmissigen Songs eskalieren so locker aus der Hüfte, dass es fast wehtut, sich nicht mitzubewegen. 4.3

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This was good, but it was also very long. Every song on here was of quality, however, with a runtime of 104 minutes, this album becomes somewhat of a hassle to listen to. My favorite track from this album was "Isn't She Lovely".

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Wow, so this is his "White Album." It's quite a ride and while it for sure felt like an uneven one to my ears, I also found it hard to deny just the sheer impressiveness of the ground covered on all 672 of these tracks. Some bonafide classics and nice surprises (for me, at least) too. I didn't know "Village Ghetto Land" and that's a beautiful tune. I also didn't know about the "Gangsta's Paradise" connection, but that's on me and fairly embarrassing. I don't know that I'd put this on and just listen to it in sequence in one sitting again. But I could sure as shit cull a greatest hits from this record and listen to the hell out of that.

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Wow - this feels like it had a bit of everything; hard funk, psych soul, yacht rock, even something resembling a Zappa instrumental. Unlike other lengthy albums, not one moment felt like a chore. So many chewy, fun musical ideas here. 'I Wish' was my favourite song on this collection, but as someone not particularly familiar with Stevie Wonder, it was a kick to hear the track that Coolio's biggest hit was built around too.

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So many styles. So many songs. Such a solid groove and tone. Four classic bangers. Some tracks need shaving.

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Isn't it lovely, made of love? Well, yes it is.

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Devo dire che mi ha stupito, non mi aspettavo che fosse così. Pensavo fosse più una smarmellata pop smelensa. Un po' troppo lungo come album, ma nel complesso mi è piaciuto.

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A true classic

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This came as a breath of fresh air to me. It’s such a peaceful record that treats very important themes. I love everything about this piece of art. The music, the vocals, the lyrics. Everything is in perfect harmony with each other. I was pleasantly surprised and I am glad I came across this record.

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Upbeat, positive messages. Fun

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This was a truly enjoyable listen, if a bit overly long. I was already a fan of Stevie Wonder's radio hits, but I found I liked some of the deeper cuts even more. "Contusion" was a standout for me, a cool instrumental interlude that reminded me of some of Frank Zappa's instrumental numbers. 4/5 stars, would have been higher if they had cut a few songs.

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Liked this more than "Talking Book" - there was less overly-sugary sweetness. Fave track - "As" is badass. Also enjoyed the educational "Black Man"...

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Prima, erg lang, sommige nummers te langdradig

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Amazing! Stevie convinces me with the first two songs. (I mean all the good songs would have fit on one album).... (8/10) FT: I Wish, Sir Duke, Isn't She Lovely, Pasttime Paradise, As, Another Star

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4.75

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Some classics! Not managed the full album yet but enjoyed most of what I heard

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4

Nice but a bit lengthy

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4

I have this on vinyl. Was considered a must-own. Listened to bits here and there, didn't catch on. Reviews here again raved. 5s across the board. I must be missing something. So...I was, somewhat. My first listen start to finish unearthed a lot of well-known songs and sampled-songs. But it's very, very long. And many songs feel much longer than they need to be. I will be generous with a 4.

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Thoroughly surprised with the album. Funky beats and classics throughout. I found a few tracks to add to my "liked" playlist

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4

A classic!

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good! 4 star because there were a few moments that were too much but still

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4

Stevie's one of the great

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4

Great album - perhaps a bit long, but it has some excellent songs.

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Stevie Wonder is great. This album is good and has plenty of hits. Since it is two discs, it is over an hour and 40 minutes. There are some songs that are little long and others that are just kinda meh. Disc 1 is better than Disc 2 and almost all of the hits are located on Disc 1. Disc 2 has some good songs and a couple that were recognizable. You can definitely hear how his music has influenced other artists. I don't think I would listen to both discs again back to back, but listening to disc 1 only is more likely.

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I'd say this guy deserves the label "musical genius." I don't always love his softer, sappier music, but when he gets a little funky watch out. This is a great album. Also, little known fact, but the song "Isn't She Lovely" wasn't meant as a rhetorical question. He was asking whether she was really lovely, because he literally had no idea. 4 stars.

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4

Such a fantastic album. I never gave Stevie Wonder a chance before, but after hearing this album I am glad I did!

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How does his voice go that high?

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This honestly didn't have a bad song on it - most of them were outright great - but 1hr 45min is just far too long for an album. If it was 45 or so it would've been a 5/5, but at that length it's a 3. On a cool note, was fun to unexpectedly find out where that Coolio song came from.

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Laajemmin ajatellen vaikuttava levy (hitit ja rappiin lainatut biitit), niin pakko arvostaa, mutta ei iskenyt kunnolla kuitenkaan

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3

Have listened many times before. Some great songs but also a bit of filler.

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Parhaat biisit ehdottmasti hyviä, mutta sitten taas jonkun verran täytebiisejä omaan korvaan. 1cd painos parhailla biiseillä olis ehkä jopa nelonen, mutta tällä setillä arvosana olkoon kolme tähteä. Absoluuttisesti paskoja biisejä ei ensimmäistäkään. Kunniamaininta Pastime Paradise (HV Coolio).

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3

Not for me. Some songs good. Others weird. Strange noise playing in background of some tracks was off putting

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3

Reminds me a lot of Jamiroquai.

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3

Decent album but nothing really stood out to me. I liked a few songs, mainly Have A Talk With God

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3

Listened to a bit. Not bad

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Another 3.5 star album. Really good but I probably wouldn't add to my regular listening rotation.

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3

Pop that comes from jazz. Some very enjoyable melodic turns. Sir Duke is one of the most joyful pop songs out there. For every brilliant song, there is an equally boring song.

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3

It was ok

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Definitely like the funkier more than the gospel like

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Obviously super talented band and musicians. Production is solid. Cool 70s soul/funk sounds. But I can’t do Stevie. Sounds like a goat.

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3

-classic RnB - some songs more heartfelt ballads, other more funky rhythms - Didn’t grab my attention really

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I can see how this slickly produced album went on to influence popular acts in the 70s and 80s such as Whitney Huston, Lionel Ritchie et al. Most of it was too mainstream for me, but the 70s jazz fusion of Contusion surprised me and I had no idea that Eminem sampled Pastime Paradise!

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3

Isn't She Lovely es una canción fabulosa, con sólo esta canción el álbum ya debería pasar a la historia de la música pop.

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3

Good a lotta bangers, soem really high highs but some mediocre shit tho

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Don't think I've ever listened to a Stevie Wonder Album. Looks like hes drawn the album cover on this one. Certainly a nice voice rooted in gospel singing. As most of you know i uncomfortable with all things church/Religion based so not keen on some of the subject matter. When he steers clear of that the voice carries the songs nicely and its pleasant rather than groundbreaking. The second half of the album is much better than the first half. Probably didn't need to be a double album here. But good none the less, without ever really being great. 3/5

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pleasant

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3

Not that impressed... Too long, but A few classics on there of course. Not what I was expecting

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Pretty wide range of music styles but it’s Stevie

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3

Interesting choice. This is considered by many to be the crowning glory of Stevie's amazing run of classic albums starting with either Music of My Mind or Talking Book. I'm not one of them. The quality of Songs In the Key of Life is a marked drop-off from those earlier albums. Isn't She Lovely is musically trite. Ebony Eyes sounds like something he knocked out in five minutes as a joke. The instrumental Contusion is a cringeable foray into fusion, lacking sophistication or subtlety, with awful, on-the-nose drumming. The synths on Village Ghetto Land, Pastime Paradise, Saturn, and I Am Singing are an embarrassment. How could this happen? Because this is the first album in Stevie's classic run that didn't have Malcolm Cecil and Bob Margouleff programming Stevie's synthesizers. And maybe, after all the adulation, Stevie started to believe his own press, and came to the conclusion that he was incapable of creating mediocre music. It turns out Stevie did have limits to his talent, after all. That said, we're talking about Stevie Wonder, one of a handful of indisputable geniuses of R&B. So of course there are a number of wonderful songs on Songs In the Key of Life. It's just not the classic it's cracked up to be. 3 stars out of 5.

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liked it way more than I was expecting too, lots of bangers. had no idea gangster's paradise was a sample either so that's cool

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wowser bowser what a talented guy we have here

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Gonna come back to it

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Look, it's not for me. There's no doubting the musicianship, talent and it's seminal place in music history. But I just don't really like it.

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Classics. Kinda funk jazz soul. 'Contusion' had Thundercat vibes. 'Pastime Paradise' was the track Coolio sampled for Gangsters Paradise. Got a bored after halfway but it picks up again. 'As' is a great track. 3 stars

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I've never heard this album, but I've heard a few of the tracks and songs that have sampled from these tracks. My favorite track from this first listen was the instrumental "Contusion", followed by "Sir Duke" and "Have a Talk With God". I don't see myself sitting down to listen to the whole album again. 3 stars. (On a side note, ¿How could Coolio be upset about Weird Al's parody of "Gangsta's Paradise", when Coolio sampled SO MUCH of Stevie's "Pastime Paradise"?)

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pleasant, if somewhat cringey? idk. it's good fun with some whacky key changes. shame it made me think of jacob collier

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3

way too long and not his best work, but there's def some good songs there

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Very long it I was never bored.

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I enjoyed disc one and Pastime Paradise was a surprise! Disc two was kind of a slog to listen too. The length of the album wore me down and it wasn’t different enough to keep me interested the whole way.

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Super pleasant listen! I don't think anyone can dislike Stevie Wonder. It's good background music. But the album is soooooo long, I wouldn't be able to listen without doing something busy or else I would get bored.

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3

Not bad.

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3

This is difficult to score. The great tracks are legendaril awesome, but there's a lot of mediocre filling the space between them. This would have been a much better album if there was less of it.

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3

Fluiu bem para a disco duplo.

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There's a lot of it and it's all fine but a bit too major keyed

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3

Lots of good songs but for some reason I wasn't captivated by it.

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Good and jazzy but pretty long too. 3RS

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6/10

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Pretty good. Has some bangers in there but too long

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I didn't like this album as much as I wanted to, but Stevie Wonder is great and I'm glad I listened to it.

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Started out with way more guitars than expected. Soon settled in to Wonder style grooves. A few surprises and a few familiar tunes. Quite the easy afternoon listen. 76 FTW!

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3

some classics, some cheese

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Soul

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Stivie Wonder has been a referent. The best song of this doble album is "Pastime Paradise".

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A sprawling thing of joy. Not entirely my thing – I think I prefer Talking Book – but incredibly influential and surprisingly consistent given a) its length and b) the fact it's his EIGHTEENTH ALBUM.

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Dakle, napokon da slušam taj album za kojeg viču da je savršenstvo. Toliko sample-ova što se u rapu koristilo, sad znam sa kojeg je albuma. Love's in Need of Love Today, Pastime Paradise. Zapravo je dobar album, stvarno je, ali nije onako kako ga ljudi dižu gore jel.

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meh, was listenable, not really my style tho.

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Zeer soulfull. Met een paar nummers waarvan ik niet wist dat ze van Stevie Wonder zijn

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Funky but not hard enough

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Really funky, some great tracks just that it's too long and couldn't hold my interest

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Classic

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‘Love’s in Need of Love Today’ is typical Stevie sounding song and didn’t think was a good opening song for where the album goes. Lennon sang ‘God is a concept by which we measure our pain’ and guess I haven’t had much pain because I don’t believe in that mumbo jumbo so ‘Have a Talk With God’ didn’t resonate with me. Lyrical flow of ‘Village Ghetto Land’ didn’t seem to work, odd and clunky. But then the album kicks into high gear. ‘Contusion’ was an enjoyable funky little ditty, even without. ‘Sir Duke’ and ‘I Wish’ were always a hit with me with the latter having me bopping in my chair wishing I was on a dance floor. ‘Knocks me off my feet’ slows things down pretty quickly and I’ve definitely have had enough of silly love songs, I don’t care what McCartney thinks. Embarrassed to admit but did not realize ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ was a remix of ‘Pastime Paradise’. Loved it! Meh to ‘Summer Soft’ and ‘Ordinary Pain’. ‘Isn’t She Lovely’ is what it is; a solid classic. More about love with ‘Joy Inside my Tears’ and I’m definitely over it. ‘Black Man’ brings it back up and possibly the song I liked the most as a whole; good tune, impactful and thought-provoking lyrics supported with Stevie’s unmistakable voice. Was considering 4 star, and I know many believe this is Stevie’s best album but the rest of the album didn’t do much for me (save maybe the music from ‘Another Star’ but just another love song) and dragged the album down to a 3 star rating for me.

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I surprised myself by liking more of this than I thought I would; so I bought it - 20 odd years ago

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So many recognizable songs! I didn't know I knew so many Stevie Wonder songs. I liked "As" a lot. I think the album could've been shorter.

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When I was growing up, hearing these songs on the radio are my first memory of Stevie Wonder. I didn't pay much attention at the time and in the mid-80's in his, "I just Called To Say I Loved You" popularity phase, it was hard to ignore (but I did!) because his music was everywhere! Looking back now, the music from the seventies, his "classic" period, really wasn't that bad. Songs In The Key Of Life is critically acclaimed and award winning, the songs are fine and there was some joy to be had listening to this album. Which I guess means I kinda liked it...

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First Listen. There are a few truly great songs on this album. The rest of the album was unknown to me. 3/5

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Enjoyable for sure. There are some really great songs here. However, the album is a bit bloated with a nearly 2 hour play time. Some songs couldve been trimmed a bit and some just aren't that great period. Overall, I liked this album but in the future I will probably only revisit certain songs or listen to it in chunks due to the length.

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3

A few great songs, but this still isn't really for me.

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I dig it

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Nice to hear a whole album

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Few classics, one surprise : Pastime Paradise…

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First time to listen to a Stevie Wonder full album. Met my expectation. Smooth and well produced from start to finish. Never knew Gangster Paradise was a rip off of Pastime Paradise.

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It’s to this album’s credit that it manages to be so entertaining enough as to warrant nearly 2 full hours of airtime. Not every song is a hit (and some tend to stay well past their welcome), but those that are pulse with a genuine, earned passion and joy that’s hard to turn off.

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Pretty good, some real classics in there

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Some bangers but other then that pretty okay.

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Its way too long. Which is ironic as there is so much fat on here? An editor required maybe? Of course, Stevie's talent is without question

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I couldn't finish it but i can recognize the quality and genius of Stevie. A lot of familiar sounds and themes. I have to say I prefer the Gangsta's version of paridise, don't shoot me, I'm just millennial

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Well... yeah. Stevie Wonder. Good album, I guess. Funk and soul with lots of ideas and variation, expertly played by the masters of their respective instruments. Only problem I have is that it doesn't really speak to me. Might just not be my style. Oh, well ... 3/5.

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Good but long

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A really great single record...spread out over a double album.

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Ok not my favorite. Pop and symphonic

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Fuckin Stevie wonder man.

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Not really my style but some great songs (eg. As, Pastime Paradise)

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Good album if you like this sort of thing...however I found the sameness of the singing a bit tedious and some of the songs inordinately long. At 21 tracks its just too much boredom for one sitting.

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🎺🥁👓

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Not interested

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Kužim zašt je popularno, not my thing tho.

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not my style

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2/5.

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Not really my type of music. Boy did that just go on and on though.

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Förlåt men det är så tråkigt? Jag vill ju vara en kille som gillar Stevie, och Ingen ifrågasätter att grabben är ett musikaliskt hypergeni, men känns alldeles för ofta som att han mest använder sin talang för att hitta det mest avancerade sättet att göra en tråkig låt. Och varför är alla låtarna 8 minuter långa?? Inget händer? Tycker det blir som bäst när han lutar sig in i funk eller i fusion, men det äääär för många trista poplåtar

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eh ganz nett, aber halt fahrstuhlig und non-threatening. GANSTAS PARADISE - who knew!! irgendwie ned meins

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Its got some classics on there but not the biggest Stevie fan

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Stevie wonder meh

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Never knew how much of his music was sampled.

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I didn't like this album very much. It was music, that's alright. But I just didn't feel anything while I was listening to it. Maybe perhaps with I Wish, but the other songs really just sound flat. To me, that is.

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Was hoping to enjoy this more. Instrumentals are great, but couldn’t get into the style.

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Not a big fan

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Düdeldüü 🎷😎

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I found this album very bad. Or, to be more correct, this is as far aeay from my music taste that you can come. I hate how cheesy every song sounds. Why is everything so happy? Why a chores? Ugh, did not enjoy this. I don't like Stevie Wonders voice either. I'd give this album like a 3/10.

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Saw him perform this album in concert. Perfect album to start this journey. Stevie is in my top 5 favorite musicians of all time.

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Absolutely fucking loved it mate!

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