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Fulfillingness' First Finale

Stevie Wonder

1974

Fulfillingness' First Finale

Album Summary

Fulfillingness' First Finale is the seventeenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder, released on July 22, 1974 by Tamla, a subsidiary of Motown Records. It is the fourth of five albums from what is considered Wonder's "classic period".The album was Wonder's second to top the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart, where it remained for two weeks, and also reached number one on the Billboard Soul LPs chart, where it spent nine non-consecutive weeks. At the 17th Annual Grammy Awards, it won in three categories, including Wonder's second consecutive win for Album of the Year. Retrospectively, the album was voted number 413 in the third edition of Colin Larkin's All Time Top 1000 Albums (2000) and included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.

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Rating

3.57

Votes

4732

Genres

  • Soul
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Fri Dec 24 2021
5

Can't believe I overlooked this album for so long. The guy who say to listen to Wonder's albums chronically are correct over the ones who just say to listen to Innervisions or Songs in the Key of Life. This album is fantastic. Doesn't have any hits, but these songs are pure genius. It just sounds incredible, with unconventional recording techniques that somehow manage to excel with the theme and Wonder's style. It's still distinctively soul, but it's really atmospheric, and you can hear the decades of influence these songs would have on neo-soul from the late 90s to modern age. Not to mention the diversity of these tracks. We go from the echoey emotional "Too Shy To Say" to the funky "Boogie on Reggae Woman", and neither sound like anything else from its time, yet both are fantastic, and that transition does not sound out-of-place. And who the hell plays the harmonica in a funk song? Who does that? Stevie Wonder, and he's been doing that since the 60s. It's so high-pitched but I'll be damned it works. And then what comes after that? I wish I knew music theory to talk about these songs. All I know is that it's weird and highly unconventional but still identifiable and sounds really good, like the Beatles. There's something that sticks out to me about every song, whether cool or unusual and yet it's aesthetically pleasing. It's odd how this is probably considered the weakest of his classic era, but I still consider this is a perfect entry. The only complaint is the lack of star tracks to tie it all together, but the two lead singles come close. Favorites: Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Creepin, They Won't Go When I Go, Bird of Beauty

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Thu Dec 30 2021
5

I love Stevie Wonder and I feel this album is underrated in his catalog. Goes down easy all while making some genuinely heartfelt and poignant statements. No small feat. I used to put "They won't go when I go" on mixtapes and we'd get high and listen to it in silence and it would give us chills. Stevie is the real deal.

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Sat Apr 23 2022
5

10/10 how the fuck do you not like Stevie Wonder? the man has contributed some of the greatest albums on earth to humanity

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Thu Dec 30 2021
5

So talented and soulful. There are so many weaker copies of SW out there, it's refreshing to hear the real thing.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

Our second album from Stevie, and it's another great one! So many funky instrumentals here, with unusual rhythms and instrumental runs. "Boogie On Reggae Woman" is just otherworldly. As an album, not as grandiose or monumental as Song in the Key of Life, but really great nonetheless. I'll be returning to quite a few on here, they sound unlike anything I've heard before. Favorite tracks: Boogie On Reggae Woman, Bird of Beauty, You Haven't Done Nothin', Too Shy to Say, Please Don't Go. Album art: Absolutely fantastic art, wow. The piano key staircase, all the shadows and colors, this is really awesome. And I love the nod to the Grammys right there on Stevie's cheek, don't forget that this guy won like 300 Grammys in a span of about 10 years. 4/5

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Mon Jun 20 2022
4

I'm surprised I missed out on this one back in my wider music nerd phase, but I'm sad I did - this was extremely good. "They Won't Go When I Go" is an absolute classic.

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Wed Oct 19 2022
3

I think this the weakest of the albums from Stevie's "classic period", so it suffers a bit in being compared to them. Compared to most other albums from most other artists, it's outstanding, but compared to his body of work, it's doesn't hit the same highs. For 1001 Albums, I think the average person would understand Stevie Wonder's brilliance with Innervisions and Songs In the Key of Life, so having four albums represented seems like overkill. The big singles both work: Boogie on Reggae Woman is slinky and funky, while You Haven't Done Nothin does have a Superstition vibe to it. Heaven is 10 Zillion Years Away is also a standout. The slower tracks don't have the same immediacy - Creepin isn't bad, but Too Shy to Say is pretty dull excepting the steel guitar from Sneaky Pete Kleinow. Again, I like this album, but it's never going to be my Stevie Wonder album of choice.

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Sun May 08 2022
2

a little sesame street for me

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Tue Aug 09 2022
2

Compositional greatness unmatched, but the delicate baroque palette means the songs simply don't jam, and that reduces his generational reach, which is when he's at his best. Very pretty though.

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

solid, and a good WFH mood

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Tue Jan 04 2022
5

Awesome

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

Really great album. Not super familiar with Stevie.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
5

Schön funkig, macht Spaß.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
5

Very very good

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Mon Jan 24 2022
5

I believe this is the only album in stevie’s classic period of albums that I haven’t heard! Glad to finally add it to the list of growing albums I’ve heard before I kick the bucket :)!

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

One of his classics

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Glas, atmosfera, emocije, instrumenti… jako mi se se svidjelo

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

Uživala san

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Mon Jan 31 2022
5

En given klassiker. Det är starkt det är coolt.

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Fri Feb 04 2022
5

another great work!

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Sun Feb 06 2022
5

Musicas para atender pacientes em processo psicoterapeutico. Som ambiente! Adorei

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

Pretty phenomenal. Catchy and beautiful instrumentals and incredible vocals + lyrics, not much more I could ask for. 9/10

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Fri Mar 04 2022
5

Feel good Stevie Wonder!

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Wed Mar 09 2022
5

Loved this album - only heard Inner Visions from this period

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

Fantastic record

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

Awesomeness

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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

It's Steve Wonder! He's 5 star himself!

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

Whew, that was a ride! Is it as good as Songs in the Key of Life? No. But is it an excellent album? Absolutely yes. Not to mention, it's better than approximately 95% of albums I've listened to so far on this list. And for that, it gets 5 stars.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
5

This is one of the most beautiful albums ever made. As one of my dad's favourite albums I've heard it many many times. I can't put my finger on it, but somehow it hits my emotions quite badly and therefore I find it hard to listen to this album frequently.

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Mon Apr 18 2022
5

It's hard to listen to Stevie and not feel good. His voice is one of the best and the message in his music is so positive, even when it's a slower tune you still need to move along with it. Incredible artist, and this was great to peek into his lesser known stuff.

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Wed Apr 20 2022
5

Lots of great songs here that were brand new to me!

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Sat May 14 2022
5

Brilliant album. While no hits, this album's whole sound is amazing.

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Wed Jun 29 2022
5

Stevie can do no wrong in this household, son. Listen to your mother. Do your chores.

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Thu Jun 30 2022
5

Epic

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

Slightly prefer predecessors Talking Book and Innervisions, which I felt had a bit more energy to them, but this was still a very good album.

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Sun Jul 10 2022
5

Music of my mind - talking book - innervisions - this album - song in the KoL: should all be on this list.

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Tue Jul 12 2022
5

Stevie Wonder is one of the towering giants of music in any period. His run of albums in the 70s defies belief. One of my all-time favourite songs, They Won't Go When I Go, is on this album. Stunning musicianship, perfect vocals, groove for days, watertight arrangements. It's all here.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
5

Awww yeah!

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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

❤️

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Wed Aug 10 2022
5

You know, Songs in the Key of Life and Innervisions get more attention than Fulfillingness' First Finale, but this really is a splendid album. It's got everything you love in a Stevie Wonder album. It's warm, soulful, sweet, musically diverse, gorgeously arranged, and technically pretty perfect. It's also so much fun to listen to. This one is going into my regular rotation. I absolutely love it. Fave Songs (All songs, from most to least favorite): Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away, They Won't Go When I Go, Boogie On Reggae Woman, You Haven't Done Nothin', Please Don't Go, Too Shy to Say, It Ain't No Use, Bird of Beauty, Smile Please, Creepin'

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Thu Aug 18 2022
5

Feel good album, soul/funk, outdoor party

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

ALTO DISCO PARA ESCUCHAR MIENTRAS SE TRABAJA EN LA COMPU

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Mon Sep 12 2022
5

Rating: 10/10

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Fri Sep 16 2022
5

Sublime!

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Thu Sep 22 2022
5

I haven't heard this one but I do like Stevie so happy to check it out. Starts lovely and pretty calm. Gets going with You Haven't Done Nothin', which is the kind of Stevie Wonder I like best. They Won't Go When I Go is quite powerful. Overall a really interesting album with lots to like. Grew on me the more I listened. Initially a 4 but a 5 by the end of the day.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

Incredible music. On a full Stevie binge now.

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

Fantastic, perhaps perfect. Stevie is such a treasure, I love pretty much all of his work, and this is no exception. Absolutely wonderful

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Sat Oct 01 2022
5

4.5

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Wed Oct 12 2022
5

Very funky, fantastic voice. A bit too chill and soft for my taste, though.

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Tue Oct 18 2022
5

100% awesome

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Mon Nov 21 2022
5

The first time I listened to this I was riding in the front passenger seat on a road trip, tripping balls on mushrooms. It is, to date, one of my all-time favorite records.

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Wed Nov 23 2022
5

очень очень приятненько

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Tue Nov 29 2022
5

This is Stevie Goddamn Wonder. Of course it's five stars. The man is a musician beyond musicians. Innovative, talented.

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

Heerlijk album en wat een stem, niet zn beste maar blijft goud

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Fri Dec 10 2021
4

An album I was unfamiliar with before, but now realise is just as important as "Talking Book".

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Sat Dec 11 2021
4

Pretty good.

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Tue Dec 14 2021
4

While this album did not reach the heights of songs in the key of life, it was still incredibly enjoyable. I loved the variety of songs and even could hear I think the same sample for Superstition in You Haven't Done Nothin. My favorite in the album was Boogie on Reggae Woman. Also killer album cover.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
4

A pleasant listen.

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

More stripped down and personal. No hits but it didn’t need any. Very good.

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Sat Jan 01 2022
4

4/5. Nice and jazzy at some points, prob not gonna end up being my favorite SW, but still very good

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Sun Jan 02 2022
4

good stuff this time

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

Pas sourd, l'aveugle! Prefs: Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away, Boogie On Reggae Woman, Creepin', You Haven't Done Nothing Moins pref: It Ain't No Use

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

Chouette album, surtout la deuxième partie

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Wed Jan 05 2022
4

Thought this was pretty good, liked it better than Talking Book.

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Sat Jan 08 2022
4

Loved it, whilst it may not have any of Stevies greatest hits its a still a great album

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

Stevie Wonder fucking goes hard and this album is no exception, some absolute bangers on here

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

First of (I assume) many Stevie Wonder albums on here. Opens nicely with the musical warm bath of Smile Please. Then the actually even sadder nearly 50 years on Heaven is 10 Zillion Miles Away, a gospel song about how hard it was to defeat hate. Too Shy To Say does less for me. Just a bit too slow and sad without a good reason. But Boogie on Reggae Woman is gorgeous fun with its squelchy, funky synth. Creepin is a bit dull, but then You Haven't Done Nothin is full on Superstition MK2, except it hasn't been ruined by a generation of terrible X Factor type covers. The shining diamond of this album. It does off a little towards the end - chilled piano balladry has a limit for me, but Bird of Beauty and Please Don't Go see to a strong finish. A lovely album, possibly one that struggles a little being sat between Innervisions and Songs in the Key.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
4

Stevie Wonder neophyte here, so my impressions are fleeting at best. "Ineffable" seems like the wrong word to describe these songs, but there's far too much going on to call it minimal. Subtle, perhaps: Many catchy tunes, none that I think could be covered or replicated well. I have at least two legible observations. The synths sound great, and the final three tracks are flawless.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
4

Couple of absolutely brilliant songs on this and the rest are all very good.

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Mon Jan 31 2022
4

I like it, kanske lite underwhelming men jag gillar det ändå

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Stupendous. Should have nine of his albums on here instead of Dylan.

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Wed Feb 02 2022
4

Je l'ai plus apprécié que Talking Book, mais dans les deux cas, il va falloir réécouter les albums, car bien que je trouve les albums bons, je ne vois pas pourquoi il sont tant adulés.

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Wed Feb 09 2022
4

Gladly surprised! I am still bouncing on my office chair in front of an excel spreadsheet…

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

Stevie in the 70s was on fire and made some of the beat music of all time. Altough this doesn't reach the heights of music in the key or inner visions it's still a fantastic album. The mix of pathos, injustice and banging music makes it a must for me.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
4

I found this to be a really interesting album. The first track had some cool jazzy chord changes. Then things perked up with Boogie Reggae Woman, went trippy (and a bit creepy) with Creepin'. Like all great artists, the more you get into Stevie Wonder's world, the more you start to enjoy his music. You have to let yourself in.

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

The lineup of talented backup singers Stevie has here is insane (Deniece Williams, Minnie Riperton et al). I thought Stevie might run the table and get 5's for all of his albums. This one is great, absolutely deserving of a spot on the list. There's not a damn thing wrong with it. It just lives in that 4.5 area.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
4

Some very soulful Stevland here. Good times.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
4

3.5/5. Stevie Wonder is very consistent, and this album is no exception. It is exactly what I would expect from him. It's good, however, it's not the best thing I have ever heard.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Much better than I expected. Catchy

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Tue Feb 22 2022
4

Another fine Stevie Wonder album, he was certainly on a roll throughout the 70s making consistently fine albums with a nice mix of rock, pop, soul and R & B, always with a taste and beauty. This album ranks behind Talking Book and Innervisions and on a par with Songs in the Key of Life, in my opinion. 3.75 🌟

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Sat Feb 26 2022
4

A lot of meh, somewhat relieved by Boogie On Reggae Woman. Then you hear the clavinet lead into You Haven't Done Nothin', one of the greatest songs I've heard. Side two is a great Stevie journey: a slow ballad that makes your heartache, a sweet bit of samba soul, with that wonderful sound of the cuica, and a great soul song that fades out with a jam. Can't go give stars because the first side is a let down, but side two is everything that genius was capable of.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Ah aurinkoisen perjantain piristys. Ei paljon pahaa sanottavaa tästä, funk soimaan!

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Wonderin musa kyl kestää aikaa täydellisesti. Tää ei edes hänen top3-levyjä, mut tässäkin kaikki vaan toimii. Ja pari helmeä, esim. Heaven Is 10 Zillion... ja Creepin'.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Ihan jepa, ei juuri huonoa sanottavaa.

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Mon Mar 07 2022
4

Viddu miten kova! Innervisionissa on viel pari tykinpää bangerii, mut onhan tää samettista soundii! 4/5

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Tue Mar 08 2022
4

Stevie wonder is awesome and this album was really nice to listen to on the long drive to New Mexico.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Great Stevie!

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Amazing. 7-8/10

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Thu Apr 28 2022
4

Going into this project, I wanted 2 main things - to explore genres I haven't explored enough, and historical albums I would otherwise likely never listen to. Listening to this album pretty much sums up every goal I had all in one, and it's great to boot. When people talk about Stevie Wonder, they often talk about him blowing them away with his best regarded work, and I don't think I quite got that feeling, but everything people love about him is on display here: the way he talks about his faith is engaging and beautiful (Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away is a stunning song); his songwriting is poignant when it needs to be with some fantastic lines and the general feeling from the album is one of both importance and joy. I think this is one that'll grow on me with time, and I can see myself revisiting it a lot - especially when I listen to more of his discography.

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Tue May 03 2022
4

I do really like this one. It doesn't have any of his very famous tracks on it, but its a consistently well written and enjoyable album

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Mon May 23 2022
4

listened to again thoughtful and funky, just what you expect from Stevie

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Fri May 27 2022
4

Sweet and soulful. Layered and lovely. Joyous and uplifting. “It Ain’t No Use” is great.

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Tue May 31 2022
4

A few albums into the peak Stevie Wonder period here - it's not quite the high for me of his previous disc "Innervisions" nor his next one "Songs In The Key of Life" - even though there really aren't any bad moments at all here, the songs as a whole aren't up to the previous (perhaps unattainable) standards. Not really fair when you're competing against yourself, though - it's like complaining about a 33-year old Wayne Gretzky getting "only" 130 points. "Boogie On Reggae Woman" and "You Haven't Done Nothin'" are the highest of highs here. As with his other great albums around this time, the sounds and production are part and parcel with the greatness of the music and composition. It somehow feels like these songs were from the 70s AND from the distant future all at once. Could listen to this album at any time anywhere, just needed like 2 or 3 more killer individual songs to put it to a 5 for me 8/10 4 stars

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Tue May 31 2022
4

i love his music and his style so much. i feel like i don’t have anything specific to comment on other than i love it

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Wed Jun 01 2022
4

A little lesser known than his other albums, this offers some great tracks, mainly on the first half. Favourites: "Smile Please", "Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away", "Boogie On Reggae Woman"

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Thu Jun 02 2022
4

First time listening to this album, I guess a lot of people will overlook this album and just listen to innervisions or songs in the key of life. I don’t think this is quite the masterpiece of those two albums but still worth your time

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Sat Jun 04 2022
4

Really smooth. Great production on this one

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Tue Jun 21 2022
4

Peak-era Stevie, this is just ace songwriting and performing. I don’t love the slower stuff as much, but at its best this is pure electric. B+

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Wed Jun 29 2022
4

Love me some Stevie

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Sat Jul 02 2022
4

It's not his best, but it's still really, really good. Best track: You Haven't Done Nothin'

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

A splendid album by Stevie Wonder. Not nearly as long as songs in the key of life. 3F doesn’t have as many commercial hits as some of his other albums but it still contains a wide range of sounds that Stevie Wonder is capable of. There are the upbeat funky songs. The slower melodic thoughtful ones. Stevie wonder had an ability especially in the 70s to create great music. This album isn’t any different. 8.0/10

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

Þessi plata mætti alveg vera lengri. Ljúft áheyrnar og gullmolar inn á milli. Stevie er náttúrulega algjört wonder.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
4

Fresh yet free-flowing, fufillingness’ first finale fills your frontal lobe with fantastic fire, fuelling your fridays to a full field of funky fantasies. Makes you feel fresh as a funny finch. Fire ass album, 9/10

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Sun Jul 10 2022
4

Very atmospheric album, beautiful voice. And then there is They won't go when I go - wow!

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Thu Jul 14 2022
4

Good album but there is a lull in the middle. Definitely not one of my favorite Stevie Wonder albums, but he has a lot of good ones.

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Listened to on 7/19/22 4/5 Favorite song: heaven is 10 zillion light years away This album was a hodge podge of different vibes ranging from ballads to reggae but I really enjoyed it

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Wed Jul 20 2022
4

Wow. Loved this Album. I heard some jazz versions of Bird of Beauty not knowing it was Stevie. Haven’t Done Nothing was also unexpected. Pls Don’t Go also surprised me. Reggae Woman was expected. Nice. This great artist influenced music.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Highlights: boogie on a reggae women/creepin/you haven’t done nothing/they won’t go when I go. Really great album the slow songs were beautiful and heavy the funky songs were all feel good jams buttttttttt not down for so much religion in my albums.

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

So relaxing and easy to listen to. 4/5

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Mon Jul 25 2022
4

Happy happy joy joy

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Tue Jul 26 2022
4

I only really know Stevie Wonder's really famous albums so this was a very nice pleasant surprise. Tells me I need to investigate his back catalogue a lot more since this went down easy.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

This is our fourth Stevie Wonder album and I've been pretty mixed on the others (rating them 4, 3 and 2). My main criticism of the 3 and the 2 were that while the best tracks were great, all of the non-best tracks were really boring and utterly devoid of personality. On this one that's luckily not the case. The opener is a bit boring, but apart from that the album is great. Stevie Wonder at his best. I particularly enjoyed Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away, You Haven't Done Nothin' and Please Don't Go.

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Fri Aug 05 2022
4

OXI MANO ELE FALANDO PT DO NADA foda dms

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Tue Aug 16 2022
4

El menys clàssic de l'etapa clàssica de Wonder, el disc amb les cançons per descobrir, menys conegudes que els seus grans singles d'aquells anys. De fet, la cançó més coneguda, 'You Haven't Done Nothin'' dista de ser la millor; tots 10 temes són petites obres d'orfebreria soul-funk, on destaca especialment 'They Won't Go When I Go', magistral

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Mon Aug 29 2022
4

Tighter songs with some good groove

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Tue Aug 30 2022
4

Pretty groovy. Lots of Stevie Wonder songs I hadn't heard. Lots of different ideas.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

Easy listening, similar to Al Green and full of bass licks that classify as "bops" for Mr. Stevie Wonder

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Fri Sep 09 2022
4

Funky

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Tue Sep 27 2022
4

Soul

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

😎 I would deal with homophobia to attend the church of Stevie Wonder. This record makes me feel really good. It’s a very welcoming (literally) religious experience, and I think that’s a special thing to pull off considering how divided stuff like that usually makes me feel. Stevie has that sparkle to him - a humble confidence where he doesn’t have to tell you/make you feel bad about how much better he is than you - he just is and you respect it. In short, this was swag 😎

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Had never listened to a Stevie Wonder album, nothing beyond the hits songs! Big vibes and the album flowed well. I liked the funk moments, like the signature sound stuff, but what impressed me most were the slower jams, stuff I don’t always associate with him. I’d listen again.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

It's a good time, Stevie is out here doing what he does best. He gives you heartfelt songs with a lot of intricate instrumentation and fun experimental fusion of many funky styles. But it's not my favourite of his albums. Boogie On Reggae Woman is a toe-tappin' fave for sure, it's the best track on the album. The album name is a bit stupid though, isn't it? It's clunky on the tongue. What is it even trying to say? It doesn't present to me a cohesive concept or set expectations as perfectly as Songs In the Key of Life of Innervisions do.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
4

Starts off pretty weak, but gets going a few songs in. It's no Songs in the Key of Life, but what is.

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Sat Oct 08 2022
4

hiii huu hii huu... kyllä hymynnulikkaa tulee naamavärkkiin kun sokea mustamies hoilottaen pistää., hyvää settiä ei ole pätkää missä alkaa VITUTTAAN. tällästä se musiikki oli,,, lviing in the moment ei MITÄÄN AUTO TUUNAUKSIA..... sing me a song youre a piano man.. paras song they won't go when i go

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Tue Oct 11 2022
4

Really good album - You Haven't Done Nothing was a highlight, reminded me of Superstition.

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Thu Oct 13 2022
4

I like the joy and the funky groove. Generally not my style though.

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Mon Oct 17 2022
4

Very good stuff!

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Tue Oct 18 2022
4

Pretty damn funky

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Thu Oct 20 2022
4

Muy agradable. Nunca le había puesto atención real a Stevie y ha sido de las mejores sorpresas de esta lista. Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away, Boogie On Reggae Woman y They Won't Go When I Go son las mejores.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Yeah man, love a bit of Stevie Wonder. Never heard this album before, but some great tracks on here. Really nice funky soulful grooves.

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Mon Oct 24 2022
4

Is this truly great? I'm not convinced but perhaps could be persuaded.

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Tue Oct 25 2022
4

kind of sub-par for Stevie Wonder - a bit too meandering and not terribly focused.

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Thu Oct 27 2022
4

LP

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

Gospel, soul, r&b. What’s not to love.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
4

great album but not my favorite stevie

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Sat Oct 29 2022
4

Great, but not at the same peak as the two albums before and the one after. Sombre in places, and need to be in the right mood for it. There are perhaps some similarities to Goats Head Soup in style and stature.

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Thu Nov 03 2022
4

Great piano and great singing.

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Fri Nov 04 2022
4

Soul progresivo. Me ha gustado. Un 4.

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Sat Nov 05 2022
4

Qu'aurait donné cet album sans l'existence d'Eddie Mitchell? Difficile de le dire. Stevie Wonder semble en effet dérangé tout l'album. En effet, durant sa performance de haute qualité, prennant place dans un studio à l'isolation acoustique parfaite, Eddie Mitchell tentera par tout les moyens de faire intrusion dans l'habitacle, et ce afin de récupérer puis s'approprier les mélodies de Stevie. Fort heureusement, il ne parviendra jamais à rentrer dans le studio, mais de multiples coups de burin peuvent être entendus sur certaines pistes.

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Sat Nov 05 2022
4

Il s'agit là d'un immense soulagement : Robert a enfin libéré Stevie qui pourrissait dans une cellule de sa cave. La résolution d'un problème est toutefois suivie de l'apparition d'un nouveau puisque tout au long de son CD, la voix de Stevie Wonder sera couverte par un bruit récurrent, "crrrr crrrr" pour ne pas le citer. Eddy Mitchel en est l'auteur. Depuis sa reprise de Superstition, celui-ci n'a de cesse de vouloir reprendre les tubes de son idole malvoyante. Et lorsque la copie conforme dudit morceau retentit, les bruits s'intensifient jusqu'à ce que la peur s'entende dans la voix de Wonder. "Bloquez la porte !" l'entend-on crier à son équipe qui se hâtent alors à l'entrée du studio pour placer une chaise sous la poignée de la porte. Les crissements finiront par s'interrompre, au grand soulagement de notre chanteur autrefois croupissant.

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

I think this is an excellent album, just one rung below the brilliant Innervisions. I had never heard Fulfillingness before. I loved it. Lots of great upbeat songs here and some of his most beautiful ballads. 4.5 stars

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

It's Stevie W!

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Mon Nov 07 2022
4

good soul music, good instrumentals and vocals but lyrics not as much

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Tue Nov 08 2022
4

pretty good, first time listening to a whole stevie wonder album

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

Great

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Fri Nov 18 2022
4

The 70s called and wanted you to listen to a good album

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

Album starts a bit slow, but there are some beautiful songs on it. 3,5/5

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Wed Nov 23 2022
4

Great easy listening

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Mon Nov 28 2022
4

Do you ever feel like this album is the B-Sides to Stevie's Seventies hit records? As in Talking Book, Innervisions, and Songs in the Key of Life are all the stronger albums? A feeling that Fulfillingness' First Finale is the weakest of them all? I sometimes get that feeling. Of course, a Stevie B-side of an album is still strong. Lots to love here. I bet someone could flip this analysis on its head and say that this is a stronger record overall despite it not having some of the same "standout" singles as the others. And you know, I'd entertain that theory. I'd listen to that person. They just might have a point. So much so, that I'd look hard into the mirror myself and ask if that person could be me on a different day.

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Mon Dec 13 2021
3

“Largely a stripped down and more personal sounding record.”

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Tue Dec 21 2021
3

чет такое непонятно даже что это стиви

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Fri Dec 24 2021
3

So many of his songs held hope for a better humanity....

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Tue Dec 28 2021
3

A lot more refined and mellowed out than I expected. I think I am more familiar with his upbeat radio hits. An unexpected treat. But there is one thing.... Wonder? Rings a bell for some reason... wonder.... Strange.

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

Not his best but very solid

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Thu Dec 30 2021
3

Listen, I know it's good and all but it doesn't do much for me. Only track I really liked personally was "You Haven't Done Nothing" due to the synth(?) sound and energy, if anything it sounds like Superstition to me which came out 2 years before this album. The rest is a bit too earnest in its moodiness.

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Fri Jan 07 2022
3

Kind of chill, kind of vibey.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

this is pretty good overall.

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Mon Jan 10 2022
3

Preferred Innervisions, had more standout tracks. Love Stevie Wonder but this is harder to get into and feels a little repetitive at times.

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Thu Jan 13 2022
3

Some really good tunes on here

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Fri Jan 14 2022
3

A pretty casual, easy listening album. 0RS

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Mon Jan 17 2022
3

Probably a little disappointing. But Heaven is 10 Zillion Years Away was great.

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

A mellower more boring SW

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Mon Jan 24 2022
3

Some really good songs but quite a mix from track to track.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
3

Not bad but nothing special

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Fri Jan 28 2022
3

Must’ve been a stoned review to put this in rather than one of his more upbeat albums. Still enjoyable, but nothing incredible. His voice seems a lot different to later songs

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Mon Jan 31 2022
3

Bland de svagare steviealbumet helt ärligt. Kvaliten är i vanlig ordning skyhög dock

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Mon Feb 07 2022
3

thought I'd enjoy this more than I did, became pretty much background noise, was toying with 2 stars and then "They don't go when I go" came in and made this a firm 3

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Wed Feb 09 2022
3

Really good. 3/5 Standouts: They Won't Go When I Go, Boogie On Ragaee Woman, You Haven't Done Nothin'. Others: Too Shy to Say, Creepin', It's No Use, Please Don't Go

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

I've been digging the Stevie Wonder albums on the 1001. This one isn't my favourite, but still enjoyed it.

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Thu Feb 10 2022
3

I've got this on vinyl and I listen to it whenever I want to feel thoroughly disappointed. It's OK, but pales in comparison to "The Best Of ... "

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Sat Feb 12 2022
3

The stand-out track is "You Haven't Done Nothin'", but the rest of the album isn't quite as classic as other Stevie Wonder works. It feels like Stevie in his imperial phase, but perhaps phoning it in in places.

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Sun Feb 13 2022
3

3 1/2

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Tue Feb 15 2022
3

Average. Just average. C+

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Tue Feb 15 2022
3

Classic Stevie Wonder.

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

3-; nice soul album but nothing too special

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Thu Feb 17 2022
3

Really liked bizarre sound playing in the background in a couple of songs.

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Sun Feb 20 2022
3

Stevie Wonder is always fun.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
3

Enjoyed it all the way through, but nothing stood out in particular. 3/5

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Wed Feb 23 2022
3

Nothing really stands out here, but it sounded nice enough. Probably wouldn't listen again, but I definitely didn't have to grit my teeth as it played. 3/5.

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Sat Feb 26 2022
3

Stevie Wonder had a string of albums that delicately balanced cheese with badassery before descending entirely into cheese. This was the end of the streak, and you're starting to see the tightrope walker wobble. There was still some decent soul, but the funk bangers were a thing of the past at this point.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
3

The music was good, but not necessarily my thing. It was a more somber record and wasn't necessarily what I would want to listen to very often.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
3

Not really for me, this one!

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Thu Mar 10 2022
3

17th album. How...just where and how does he come up with all of this music? There's some substance to the lyrics here beyond the just soulful sound you expect from Wonder. Songs about being better people and knowing each other. Pretty good stuff!

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Wed Mar 16 2022
3

I like some of the funkiness but so far not the best Stevie Wonder has to offer. You haven't done nothing is pretty good though. They won't go when I go also kind of rules.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
3

I think there are better Stevie Wonder albums to come, this is fine, if not a tad forgettable

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Thu Mar 31 2022
3

decent, but sounds like Innervisons b-sides in comparison

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Sun Apr 10 2022
3

This was nice to listen to but nothing really stood out as amazing to me. Wouldn't turn it off but wouldn't seek it out.

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Thu Apr 14 2022
3

Wonder na liscie, klawiszowa chcica zaspokojona na reszte tygodnia, tym razem z albumem fulfillingness first finale, ktory pochodzi z tego samego okresu co poprzedni pick, wiec najbardziej artystycznie plodnego czasu w karierze tego pana, wiec nadal mocno progresywny soul, ktorego cechuje bogate brzmienie klawiszowe jak przystalo na pana Wondera, co sie zmienilo w porownaniu z poprzednim albumem, to udzial wspol pisarki w tekstach, ktora jest tylko zcreditowana w they wont go when i go, ktory jak dla mnie robi za hajlajt calego krazka, urzekajac swoja prostota, wedlug wiki inspirowany chopinowskimi kompozycjami, ale jak dla mnie bardziej kojarzy sie on z muzyka sakralna i nie jestem pewien dlaczego z droga krzyzowa, czy to sama melodia czy rowniez tekst ma na to wplyw nie jestem w stanie zgadnac, bo jednak ma w sobie cos tajemniczo smutnego, chociaz wydaje mi sie ze Wonder w swojej tworczosci stronil od nawiazan religijnych i raczej staral sie skupiac na problemach spolecznych, co mozna dostrzec chocby na heaven is 10 zillion light years away lub problemach czlowieka w czlowieku, czyli na milosci, ktorej rowniez nie moglo zabraknac w teksach tego albumu, obok minimalistycznych kompozycji znajda sie tez wypakowane instrumentalnie utwory jak you havent done nothing czy otwierajacy smile please, ktore sa najbardziej sluchanymi piosenkami plyty wedlug spotifaja, a takze prawie jedynymi na ktorych pojawiaja sie instrumentalne featury, reszta to solowki Wonderowe z dodatkiem sporej ilosci chorkowania, ktore dodaje funkowosci soulowym rytmom, z dziesieciu kawalkow jest ponad 40 minut sluchania, ktore slucha sie prawie tak dobrze jak poprzedni album, ale jednak nie zaskakuje czyms nowym, ale robi dobrze to co juz bylo grane, z plejkowych pickow na liscie musi sie znalezc wspominany juz they wont go when i go i creepin za harmonijkowa solowke

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Tue Apr 26 2022
3

Not as good as previous SW offering

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Wed Apr 27 2022
3

Stevie is great but not my favourite.

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Thu May 05 2022
3

3rd May 2022 Listened in the morning on the way to work. Met woody after work in the pub. Not bad, he has an amazing voice but don’t think I gave it proper attention. Great production.

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Mon May 16 2022
3

This was fine as background stuff but nothing amazing here.

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Tue May 31 2022
3

Yeah, similar to what Craig said I did not pick out a single banger on this album, and yet... I mean, it's Stevie Wonder so it ain't like it's hot garbage. Perfectly listenable and enjoyable. But absolutely nothing stood out to me. Continues to be shocking that there's still so little overall variety on a list of one thousand records. Also, continues to be not shocking at all. We gotta be due some more hip hop or metal soon, right? Or country? When was the last country record on this list? And I guess they're just ignoring classical altogether, right? Dunno, but I think this list might be some bullshit.

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Tue May 31 2022
3

First of all, that's a great album cover. Second, that's a great album title. And while this one didn't leave me humming anything in particular, I'm hard-pressed to find a bad moment on this one. I could let this play in the background forever and probably let it play in the foreground for a few spins, too. I'd need a good long car ride alone with it to focus on it, probably. Regardless, glad I heard it.

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Sat Jun 11 2022
3

Can't really reach the greatness of his other albums, so I'm not much sure why it's on the list, nevertheless I love it. 3

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Sat Jun 11 2022
3

I love Stevie Wonder but probably in small doses. This is a beautiful album but I actually had to double check I had already listened to it. Maybe I was distracted but the album didn't leave a lasting impression on me

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Tue Jun 21 2022
3

A decent album but I wasn't as thrilled with this as I am some of Stevie's other albums.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
3

I was pretty good, though not as good as other Stevie Wonder I've heard.

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Tue Jun 21 2022
3

Wasn't bad, but also not that great (for me). I don't know why I don't connect with this sort of music very much. It wasn't very engaging. 3/5

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Tue Jun 21 2022
3

Only knew Stevie Wonder for being blind. Who would've thought his music is actually good?

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