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Songs In The Key Of Life

Stevie Wonder

1976

Songs In The Key Of Life

Album Summary

Songs in the Key of Life is the eighteenth studio album by American singer, songwriter and musician Stevie Wonder. It was released on September 28, 1976, by Tamla Records, a division of Motown. The double album has been regarded by music journalists as the culmination of Wonder's "classic period" of recording. The album was recorded primarily at Crystal Sound studio in Hollywood, with some sessions recorded at the Record Plant in Hollywood, the Record Plant in Sausalito, and The Hit Factory in New York City; final mixing was conducted at Crystal Sound.By 1974, Wonder was one of the most successful figures in popular music; Wonder's previous albums Music of My Mind, Talking Book, Innervisions and Fulfillingness' First Finale were all back-to-back critical successes. However, by the end of 1975, Wonder seriously considered quitting the music industry and planned to emigrate to Ghana to work with disabled children. Plans for a farewell concert had begun, but Wonder subsequently changed his mind and signed a new contract with Motown on August 5, 1975. This outlined a seven-year, seven-album, $37 million deal with full artistic control. At the time, it was the biggest recording deal in history.Songs in the Key of Life was released as a double LP with a four-song bonus EP. It debuted at number one on the Billboard Pop Albums Chart becoming only the third album to achieve that feat and the first by an American artist at the time. Both the lead single "I Wish" and follow-up single "Sir Duke" reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100. Songs in the Key of Life spent thirteen consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard 200, becoming the album with the most weeks at number one during the year. It was the second best-selling album of 1977 in the US. In 2005, Songs in the Key of Life was certified Diamond by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Songs in the Key of Life won Album of the Year at the 19th Grammy Awards. It is the best-selling and most critically acclaimed album of Wonder's career. Widely regarded as Wonder's magnum opus and one of the greatest albums in the history of recorded music, many musicians have remarked on the quality of the album and its influence on their own work; indeed, some notable musicians have named it as the greatest album of all time. It was voted number 89 in Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums and ranked number 4 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 2002, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. In 2005, Songs in the Key of Life was inducted into the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress, which deemed it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.

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Rating

4.02

Votes

4898

Genres

  • Funk
  • Soul
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5

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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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

Bad double albums are an absolute chore to sit through. Good double albums usually comprise an amazing single album and then a load of filler. Great double albums? That’s an art form. That Stevie Wonder achieved that here as part of a run of absolute classics, and THEN stuck another stellar EP on top, is testament to his genius. Beyond the obvious hits we don’t even need to discuss in “Sir Duke” and “Isn’t She Lovely”, there’s a rich goldmine of material which many casual Stevie Wonder fans (let’s face it: who ISN’T one?) might never hear. Right from the off we hit the ground in soulful, expansive territory. “Love’s In Need of Love Today” is a fairly low key opener that didn’t do a lot for me at first, but the more I hear it the more I find to love about it. A timeless message, gorgeous harmonies and an endless chorus, it’s a thinking person’s “Hey Jude”. And that’s just track 1 of 21. “Village Ghetto Land” elevates the humble synthesiser to an orchestra. “Contusion” sees Wonder going all-out jazz fusion… and nailing it (I would die for those “doo-doo” backing vocals). “I Wish” is one of the bounciest, most irresistibly funky Stevie Wonder songs I know. “Knocks Me Off My Feet” and “Summer Soft” see his voice in its finest form, navigating key change after key change with stunning control and passion. “Ordinary Pain”‘s gear shift from electric piano ballad to hard-edged funk (with guest vocals from Shirley Brewer) is a brilliant moment and a thrilling way to close the first half. So far, so perfect: released on its own, it would have been an easy five stars. But Wonder gleefully goes further, stretching even the double album beyond its limit. In all honesty, the beginning of the second disc is where “Songs…” is most at risk of collapsing into excess. “Joy Inside My Tears” and “Black Man” are great at first but don’t need to be the length they are. (As a side note, it’s a slight niggle that he wrote an eight and a half minute song about equality between humankind and mostly forgot about women). Even the treasured “Isn’t She Lovely” suffers a bit from its length, with an extended outro in the album cut. “If It’s Magic”, though, brings us refreshingly back to earth with a gorgeously restrained harp-and-vocals only song. “As” and “Another Star” are the two epics (both glorious) taking us into the home stretch. In the past I’ve been fatigued at this point and often haven’t bothered with the EP, treating it as a bonus. But listening recently has made me realise what an incredible bonus it is! If anything is enough to tip this album into five star territory, it’s the fact Stevie Wonder could put the buoyant singalong “Ebony Eyes” and the stomping funk of “All Day Sucker” on a bonus EP, not even fitting them onto the main four sides of his eighteenth album. What a god damn man.

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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

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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5

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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3

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

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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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

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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4

Always a joyful and groovy album to spin from Stevie

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4

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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4

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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4

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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3

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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3

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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3

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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3

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

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3

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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5

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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5

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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5

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

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

steeeeeevie

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5

The best

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5

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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5

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

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5

Maravilloso

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5

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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5

Masterpiece

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5

Brilliant. All say Sucker

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5

we can't even give stevie a peek?

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5

I FUCKING LOVE THIS ALBUM

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5

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

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5

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

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5

What can you say...classic!

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5

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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5

Stevie Wonder is a goat

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5

Wonderful

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5

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

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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5

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

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5

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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5

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

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5

Excellent

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5

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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5

Amazing album. Going to be hard to beat.

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5

On elf the greatest of all time

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5

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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5

очень крутой альбом от легендарного Стиви)

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5

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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

Blind

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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

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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5

10

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5

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

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5

a soul extravaganza, brimming with energy and joy

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5

Zo funky zoveel hits op 1 plaat

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5

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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5

Really good.

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5

genial

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5

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

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5

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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5

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

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5

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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5

Great album love soul and funk

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5

Full of classics.

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5

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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5

A classic

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5

Loved it

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5

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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5

Muito gostosinho

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5 O álbum é bem longo, mas é ótimo! Conhecia o básico de Stevie Wonder e nunca tinha ouvido um álbum completo dele. Favoritei várias das músicas no Spotify, são elas: Village Ghetto Land Sommer soft All day sucker Have a talk with God Another star

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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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5

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

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

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maybe the greatest album ever made

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This album is pretty close to being perfect, and is a strong contender for best double album ever. It radiates beauty in a way you wish all music could do. Even in its most serious moments, Songs in the Key of Life has a brightness and a warmth that is incredibly engaging. The album showcases Stevie Wonder's unique musical gifts and musical point of view with such depth, but always with an ear toward what is entertaining. The songs are gorgeously crafted, joyful, confident, heartfelt, soulful and affirming. And oh yeah, the album is simply great fun. I absolutely love it. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): As, I Wish, Sir Duke, Isn't She Lovely, Love's in Need of Love Today, Another Star, Black Man, Joy Inside My Tears, Ordinary Pain, Knocks Me Off My Feet, All Day Sucker, Pastime Paradise, Saturn, Summer Soft, If It's Magic, Village Ghetto Land, Ngiculela – Es Una Historia – I Am Singing, Ebony Eyes, Contusion, Have a Talk With God, Easy Goin' Evening (My Mama's Call)

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I'm not generally a fan of double albums because they start to feel tedious and I don't always have 2 hours of uninterrupted listening time to fully appreciate them. But goddamn, Stevie provides ample variety tonally, musically, sonically, and lyrically throughout that the hour and forty-five minute runtime never gets stale. I think almost every single song on this album has been sampled, imitated, or borrowed from in some way, it's just such a massive supernova of influence! Conceptually, you think "life" is a very broad topic, but damn if Stevie doesn't find a way to hit on every universally relatable facet of it in these songs. Everything about this album works, it is an immaculate listening experience and an absolute tour de force from one of the all-time greatest musicians to ever live.

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Legendarisk album - harmonisk, vanvittig vokal, originalt

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5

Never heard this one before. Incredibly solid.

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Prefs: Love's In Need Of Love Today, Have a Talk With God, Village Ghetto Land, Confusion, Sir Duke, I Wish, Pastime Paradise, Summer Soft, Ordinary Pain, Isn't She Lovely, Black Man, Ngiculela – Es Una Historia – I Am Singing, As, Another Star, Saturn Moins pref: Easy Goin' Evening (My Mama's Call)

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5

Damn this was a great listen. I forget just how many great songs are in his collection, many of them on this album

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5

Brilliant album. Not listened before but loved it.

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5

I loved this album so much, this has really got me into listening to a lotta stevie wonder.

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5

LOLZ. Like you need to ask.

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5

Wow! What an album! Too long, but too good

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5

Love it!

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I almost convinced myself this isn't a 5/5 because it's too long but nah, fuck that. This is 104 minutes of straight up good vibes. That might be an intimidating length, but once you get into the zone, it'll be the shortest 104 minutes of your life. Stevie's the man.

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What an outstanding album. I’d never listened to it the whole way though and it’s beautiful, uplifting, wonderful.

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Ubicaba cosas sueltas de Stevie Wonder, pero no tenía ni las más remota idea de lo prolífico y exitoso que fue. Este disco es una muestra de ello. Un disco con 21 rolas y más de 100 minutos de buena música, muy variada y muy bien hecha. Obviamente destacan las muy conocidas: Sir Duke y Isn’t She Lovely, pero también hay otras joyas como Black Man y Ebony Eyes. Sorpresa extra con Pastime Paradise y aprender que existe un muy famoso cover.

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5

A jam from front to back. Forgot how many samples came from this record. "Pastime Paradise" = Gangsta's paradise. Every song had me nodding my head. Stevie is a goat

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5

Epic

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5

Everything about this album. The instrumentation, the emotion, the singing, everything. This album is perfect. I can see myself listening to this album in every situation in my life, on a walk, working, etc. I think this is a TEXTBOOK 10/10 album. I think this is the best album we've had so far in this, right beside Ágætis Byrjun. EASY 10/10

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5

One of the most ambitious and heartfelt artistic statements ever recorded. It covers so much emotional ground it's staggering. After 17 studio albums, this is Stevie's creative supernova before he became a neutron star.

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5

I don't think I need to explain much here about this album. It's an absolute influential masterpiece in world music history and Stevie Wonder's Magnum Opus, Even though it's already his 18th(!) album, this has him playing, singing and writing at the peak of his creativity. Before it all crumbles apart and we go into the 80's. Absolutely packed with masterpieces like Sir Duke, I Wish, Pastime Paradise and If It's Magic.

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Sometimes I give an album five stars just because I love it. Sometimes it's because it's such a high quality piece of musical art. Sometimes it's because of its historical importance or because it's the best, most representative work by a bonafide musical genius. "Songs In The Key Of Life" is all of these things. It might be the best album I've gotten so far, it might even best album of all time.

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5

Album of the century. Banger after banger after banger.

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5

This was my first time listening to this album, but I knew all the songs.

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5

Very good

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5

I was really looking forward to listening to this album. Started slower than I expected, I’m used to big strong songs opening an album. Tons of hits that I recognized. Some of the tunes were longer than I expected with more extended jams than are typical these days. The fusion tunes were a surprise. The variety of styles was a surprise as well. I look forward to exploring more SW in the future.

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5

Brilliant album from start to finish.

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1st September 2022 Listened throughout the day while working from home. Chilled and picked Jen up from the airport in the evening. This is amazing, it’s such a rainbow of an album. Feels like it tells the story of the black experience, but a true life story full of colour and joy as well as depth and sadness.

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I mean I've listened to this album many times, it's one of my favorite. My father introduced Stevie to me, and I've loved it ever since. It's catchy, heartwarming, easy to listen, memorable lines & melody. It's a great introduction to soul music. It's a classic album for sure.

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Stevie Wonder is an artist I've heard about many times, but until now never really listened. However, his reputation as a pop music pioneer is well-deserved, and the things he was doing on this 1976 album with elements such as synthesisers is really impressive. I can totally see the influence that his work must have had on the music of today, and this album was just a treat to listen to. Favourite: Sir Duke

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a vibe

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5

If it's good enough for Coolio and Big Willie Style, it's good enough for me. Absolute masterpiece. Well in Stevie lad.

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I'm listening to this record whilst sitting on a busy road, out in the pissing rain. I've been here all night. I like to creep out at midnight and shag cars up their exhaust pipes. Today, my dick swelled so much that it is stuck and I've had to wait for the fire brigade to come and release me. The humiliation intensifies my pleasure.

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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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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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