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Innervisions

Stevie Wonder

1973

Innervisions

Album Summary

Innervisions is the sixteenth studio album by American singer, songwriter, and musician Stevie Wonder, released on August 3, 1973, by Tamla, a subsidiary of Motown Records. A landmark recording of Wonder's "classic period", the album has been regarded as his transition from the "Little Stevie Wonder" known for romantic ballads into a more musically mature, conscious, and grown-up artist. On the album, Wonder continued to experiment with the ARP synthesizer and the revolutionary T.O.N.T.O. (The Original New Timbral Orchestra) synth developed by Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff, and Innervisions became hugely influential on the future sound of commercial soul and black music. The album peaked at number four on the Billboard Top LPs & Tapes chart and number one on the Billboard Soul LPs chart, eventually finishing at number four on the magazine's Top Pop Albums chart for 1974. At the 16th Grammy Awards, it won Album of the Year and Best Engineered Non-Classical Recording, while "Living for the City" won Best R&B Song. Innervisions is widely considered by fans, critics, and colleagues to be one of Wonder's finest works and one of the greatest albums ever made. It was ranked number 34 on Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time", and, in 1999, it was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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Rating

3.9

Votes

4845

Genres

  • Funk
  • Soul
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Sat Dec 11 2021
5

The perfect blend of funk and soul. The beats are incredible and Stevie’s voice is one of a kind. Fav tracks: “Higher Ground” “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” “Too High”

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Fri Dec 17 2021
5

Innervisions is such a well-crafted record. It feels like a snapshot of American life in the mid-1970s and a feeling of hope. But, well, Richard Nixon isn't the only American president that "He's Misstra Know-It-All" could apply to. The album shifted forward R&B and soul (and pop crossovers) with its sounds and we are richer for it.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
5

Overall, I think it’s a great album. My favorite track had to be Living For The City - extremely groovy and had a great story that brings up issues that people are still experiencing today, many years after release of the album itself. Not sure where Stevie draws his inspiration from, but you can hear and even feel elements from this album in pop R&B of the 2000s which is what I grew up with and to be able draw these connections is a testament to how influential this album is.

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Tue Jan 25 2022
5

I was lucky enough to see Stevie Wonder live at the time that these songs and those from Talking Book were most what got played. It was one of the best concerts I ever saw.

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Sat Jan 29 2022
5

It's Stevie! At the top of his funk game, bringing slick catchy grooves and buttery, yet emotionally charged vocals together in perfect harmony. Living For the City, Higher Ground, AND All In Love is Fair on the same album blows my mind. He's an incredible artist and he's unparalleled at constructing hit songs without it feeling formulaic or manufactured. It's just beautiful, compelling artistic expression in every song.

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Mon Dec 20 2021
5

it’s Stevie it’s a great album

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Thu Jun 23 2022
5

Mixing the wild playfulness of a crayola-wielding infant with cosmic level compositional chops and the oversized emotional sweep becoming of a generational figurehead, this is one of those rarest of things: a 70s masterpiece that doesn't have "I couldn't have happened without the 60s" written all over its face.

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Fri May 13 2022
3

I didn't know it was possible, but this album is Grammy bait

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

Good album, last track was the weakest but overall, enjoyed it

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

Pure talent.

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Thu Jan 06 2022
5

one of the greatest albums of all times. The songs are a bit too long but this is an amazing mix of black music traditions than sounds fresh as if it was recorded today. In fact, you can hear the influence of this album in many of the current music.

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Sun Jan 09 2022
5

Stevie Wonder at his best. Not a weak track. Very smooth album.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

The fadeout on He's Misstra Know-It-All is comically long

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

Sounds amazing. 10/10

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

10/10. This was really good.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

10/10 masterful

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

duh

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

“The fuckin’ crowded city!”

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Wed Jan 19 2022
5

Excellent and classic

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Sun Jan 23 2022
5

Could be a perfect album! Funk, soul, pop. Politics, love and humour. From Stevie’s golden period of colossal 70s LPs.

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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

A Motown classic. Stevie Wonder at his finest.

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Tue Feb 01 2022
5

Alguns dels millors discos de la década són d'ell. Una visió profunda de la música, juntament amb un missatge poderós

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Thu Feb 10 2022
5

Brilliant.

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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

Love it! Nice to hum along

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Sat Feb 12 2022
5

Maravilhoso!

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Fri Feb 18 2022
5

Love me some Stevie Wonder! Not much to save except exceptionally talented in so many ways. Loved the spectrum of all the songs. Could be my top 2 favorite Wonder albums😊

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Sat Feb 19 2022
5

This albummm

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

I mean, wow. It's Stevie Wonder. What else is there to say? Fave track on here is hard to pick because this album is delightfully relentless with banger after banger. Absolutely loved it, really brightened up my day. But if I had to pick a fave it would be Don't you worry bout a thing. It's got longevity for a reason just like all of his work. So danceable, refreshing, and undeniably bursting with talent.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

Stevie at his height I think three of the albums from the early/mid 70's "Talking Book" "Innervisions" and "Songs In The Key Of Life" are Stevie's best and most creative work. you can hear his musical progression through these and I think "Songs" is his Opus Magnum. But This is a close second with Talking Book. The most revelatory thing is that the genius played most of the instruments on most of the tracks. "He's Mistra Know It All" "Living For The City" "Too High" all favourites but to be fair there isn't a bad song on this album. Already in my collection and justifiably on this list.

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Mon Feb 21 2022
5

i always admired Stevie Wonder but only really knew his 80s / more commercial stuff. This album is fantastic. the funk, the soul, the rhythm, his voice. The fun they are clearly having making it. This is an album that makes me smile when listening to it. The first track sounds like something from Jamiroquai, who were obviously 20+ years later, and no doubt inspired by this sound. 5 stars from me.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

The first thing upon listening to "Innervisions" is that it starts out very serious with "Too High"(drugs), "Visions"(why are things so bad) and " Living for the City" (inequality) but turns out extremely varied also including two love ballads, songs of hope and a latin-influence song. There is an earlier 70's funk sound to some songs while other tend towards more straught-forward pop. Stevie performed all the instruments on 7 of 9 songs. I can only think of Prince as a comparable. To me what makes this album standout is the use and mix of all the synthesizers, the Moog bass and all other instruments. The use of the Hohner clavinet (wah wah sound) in "Higher Ground" is worth getting this album alone. Outstanding vocal range and background vocals. No dead weight or bad songs on this record. Outstanding.

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Tue Feb 22 2022
5

I like this. "Visions" is beautiful. Higher Ground is a super hit, I've heard it before. And Stevie Wonder is a genius, can't make bad music. Five star.

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Mon Feb 28 2022
5

A brilliant commentary on racism, spirituality, love, and introspection combined with Stevie Wonder’s musical genius. A moving experience with each listen.

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Tue Mar 01 2022
5

Dabbling into subject matters such as racial injustice, drug abuse, hypocritical leaders, empowerment and, of course, love, Innervisions stands as perhaps Stevie Wonder's answer to What's Goin' On; equally as immersive and innovative musically, Innervisions captures Stevie in the turning point of his career as he completes the transformation from prodigy to prolific genius. An incredible chapter in his incomprehensible 70s era.

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Thu Mar 03 2022
5

Good

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

I'm shocked again by the newness of Stevie Wonder. Some of it's thanks to my naïveté, but plenty is due to the enduring influence and complexity of Innervisions. That he was able to put out another great album just a year later is amazing, but this collection contains the better songs by far. What a journey I went on, with the music often mismatched emotionally but always excellent.

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

Rating: 9/10 Best songs: Too high, Visions, Living for the city, Golden lady, Higher ground, Don’t you worry about a thing

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Sat Mar 12 2022
5

idk yet

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Wed Mar 16 2022
5

Smooth

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Thu Mar 17 2022
5

I have so much love for this album!!! Even down to the cover art which is a stunning 70s DELIGHT. Pure talent, innovation, passion, and artistry is conveyed in this masterpiece. It's devastating and exploding with joy all at once. Packed with soul and important messages. Ugh I just love it so much!! Epic 5 star perfection, thank you so much Stevie for bringing us this album. What a legend.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
5

Stevie's finest album. Has long been a favourite of mine. A true musical genius, plus possessor of possibly the finest vocal cords ever gifted to a human.

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Sat Mar 26 2022
5

One of Stevie Wonders masterpieces. Brilliant album.

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

"New york City, skyscrapers and everthing" if I could have given this album a 6 I would have. Probably one of the best albums of all time and Stevie's masterpiece. The songs and the lyrics tell a story of america that is both joyous and dark. From mishra know it all to living for the city the story of injustice is told. But there's more to it love songs party songs. This is not just story of oppression but joy and hope as well. Dont you worry about a thing.

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Tue Mar 29 2022
5

Putting this album on is like instant sunshine. Great songs (pretty much every song is a winner) are married with a funky backing (love the synth/keyboard sound), immaculate arrangements topped with Stevie Wonder's creamy sublime vocals.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
5

This was WONDERFUL. Stands the test of time - Stevie is a legend. Every song is a catchy party starter. Loved it!

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Tue Apr 19 2022
5

Such a great album especially for someone who does not gravitate towards that music at all. It was enjoyable the entire way through

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

Amazing album. Loved his vocals and the lyrics.

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Thu Apr 21 2022
5

How can this album not give you anything but wonderous joy?

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Sun May 22 2022
5

Just wonderful. The invention and joy on this beautiful thing 😍

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Mon May 30 2022
5

Brilliant

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Mon Jun 06 2022
5

one of the great

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

Stevie Wonder is a musical genius and this is a perfect album.

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Tue Jun 07 2022
5

Insane to think that at this point Stevie Wonder was 11 years into his recording career, but only 23 years old. This album is an amazing work from an amazing artist, what else can I say?

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Sat Jun 11 2022
5

trop heureuse de passer à Stevie Wonder après l'enfer Yank Crime, je décide de mettre 5, ça tombe bien l'album est super

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Fri Jul 01 2022
5

Terrific songs and a video that captures it time perfectly. So many highlights of his career on this album.

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Fri Jul 08 2022
5

Great album showing Wonder’s range. Collected 3 songs on my playlist.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
5

I knew Stevie was funky but not this funky. The musicality and song writing is next level genius.

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Sun Jul 17 2022
5

4.6 + Part of Wonder's five-string master opus of albums from the early 70s. Every song on here is great.

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Wed Jan 05 2022
5

This is an album that is of the highest significance. Although less harmonious than the rest of the album, I credit Living for the City for helping me as a child to be sensitive that life was less fair for others than it was for me, and to realize how scary that must be. I think it is one of the most important songs of the 1970's. I personally have a very small collection of vinyls that I retain and this is one of them. All in Love is Fair is the lowest point for me, but it's still extremely good. Near perfect album.

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Fri Jul 29 2022
5

Cool uses of ambient sound and spoken bits on several tracks. I didn't realize "Don't you worry bout a thing" was a Stevie track I thought Incognito did that themselves. Fantastic album.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

Probably his best album. Automatic 5 stars.

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Tue Aug 02 2022
5

One of my faves of all time. Stevie, what a legend.

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Sat Aug 06 2022
5

I had no idea. Incredible vocals. Emotion. Wow.

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Sun Aug 07 2022
5

Great

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Fri Aug 12 2022
5

Wat een fijn album, niet verwacht

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Fri Aug 12 2022
5

Perfect sunny day album

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Wed Aug 17 2022
5

It's Stevie. Living For the City and Higher Ground are enough to earn the five stars.

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Sat Aug 20 2022
5

A Stevie Opus Belfarcha

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Just a genuinely fun album - plus I love his Higher Ground

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Mon Aug 22 2022
5

Incredibly soulful and impressive. The passion and heatedness of the message he is trying to convey perfectly pairs with the funky music.

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Tue Aug 23 2022
5

Stevies nästbästa.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

I’m not sure how I’ve managed to live my entire life never listening to an entire Stevie Wonder album, but that was the sad state of affairs until today. I absolutely love Innervisions. It’s soulful, sometimes jazzy style and fabulous synths were an instant love match. “Living For The City” was already one of my favorite Stevie songs. And I went in to this loving “Higher Ground,” “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing,” and “All In Love Is Fair.” So I already knew half the album. But the context the album provides elevates these great tracks further. So nice spending some quality time with Stevie Wonder. This album easily exceeded my high expectations.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

Freaking finally! I've been waiting for this one. These songs are gorgeous, deep, and timeless. They help me celebrate the good times and help get me through the bad. Love it love it love it.

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Thu Aug 25 2022
5

I am familiar with most of these tracks from compilation albums from Stevie. It is well worth the time to experience an album as originally intended. Love it!!

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

In 1973, this must have been light-years ahead of its time. Really an amazing album. 5/5.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

One of my MANY favorite Stevie Wonder albums! I absolutely love every Stevie album from his 70s output. I think Golden Lady is my favorite from this album. I'd give this album a MILLION stars if I could!

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

Super chill, not as intense as Songs In The Key Of Life. 'Jesus children of America' is pretty badass. nice key changes. ;'don't you worry about a thing' sounds like sex and the city theme song ripped off the first bit

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Fri Aug 26 2022
5

oh yes baby 🤭🤘🏼 → 1. golden lady 2. don’t you worry ‘bout a thing 3. he’s misstra know-it-all

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Tue Aug 30 2022
5

C’est toujours spécial avec Stevie. Ça groove à mort, c’est harmoniquement très riche, les arrangement sont superbes, les mélodies aussi et les textes sont toujours en quète d’un monde meilleur, sans argne.

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Sat Sep 03 2022
5

sorry my last review of Stevie Wonder (Fulfillingness’ First Finale) was pretty cringey I was fucking tired and while I really do love that album, I didn’t know how to put that love into words so what I said didn’t really make sense anyway, when I got this album, I listened to it a good 4-5 times in a row it’s criminally short but at least the songs have so much layer to them that upon each re-listen, I found myself noticing more and more genius subtleties behind the production anyway, I don’t know what else to say the Stevie Wonder trilogy (from this album to Songs in the Key of Life) is fucking incredible :)

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Stevie is one of the most talented people in the world. He is a genius at writing and performing music. To create this entire masterpiece at 23 incredible. I’m in awe of how good Stevie Wonder is.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Classic! Banger after banger

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Tue Sep 06 2022
5

Awesome.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

Very emotional album with exceptional melodies.

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Wed Sep 07 2022
5

I liked this album a lot. I don't really know what else to say about it. It makes me excited to listen to more Stevie Wonder. My favourite songs were probably Visions and Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing.

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Fri Sep 09 2022
5

My spotify tells me I like 6 of the 9 tracks already, so I think this goes into the echelon. True genius at the peak of his powers.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

Awesome, living for the city, higher ground

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Mon Sep 19 2022
5

unreal as always

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

Never listened to it and now glad that I did. Might be one of the best albums I've ever heard. 5/5

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

A pretty much flawless masterpiece.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
5

Music of My Mind Talking Book this album Fulfillingness' First Finale Songs in the KoL Should all be on this list - so far this seems to be the case.. (3rd SW album generated until now)

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Sun Sep 25 2022
5

Here is a collection of songs that were crafted by a master and performed perfectly. Stevie Wonder is clearly a singular talent as a singer, musician, songwriter and performer. What a voice! Drawing from gospel and soul, bringing the funk and the spirit, Stevie tells stories that resonate just as true and important today as they were fifty years ago when he wrote them.

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Fri Sep 30 2022
5

The second of five albums from Stevie Wonder’s classic period, and an extraordinary piece work. These songs are incredibly polished and mature for someone so young.

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Mon Oct 03 2022
5

Amazing

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

All of the Stevie wonder singles that I’ve herd before tend to be the best of their time so I hope it’s the same in an album context… Well I wasn’t a massive fan of too high to be honest I get it’s appeal but it wasn’t really my kinda thing. Visions was beautiful and so tender definitely a massive step up in quality from the first song. Living for the city was the first song on the album that felt like a Stevie wonder song in the way that I know of him. It’s an amazing song though a proper groovy 7 minute opus with an awesomely tense bridge that is a true representation of how harsh the racism was at the time. The slamming piano starts off golden lady which eventually forms a funky piano groove it’s another great track. There’s a vortex of funk throughout higher ground an amazing track with brilliant lyrics to start off side two. Jesus children of American is also insanely funky but with a slightly deeper groove, towards the end of the track Stevie sounds like he’s fighting with those amazing backing singers. All in love is fair sounds like the climax of the album a brilliant dramatic sounding piano ballad with bohemian rhapsody esque piano playing. Don’t you worry bout a thing isn’t one of my favourites but there’s bits that I like for example the rather messy intro of Stevie speaking Spanish and the percussion on this is class. The album’s closer he’s misstra know it all is a brilliant closer certainly one of the more upbeat numbers on the album! I know the first track wasn’t to my tastes but the rest of it really was so I'll have to give it a 4.5/5 rounding up to a 5 as literally everything else was perfect!!!

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Thu Oct 06 2022
5

From Wiki - "Some reviewers were less enthusiastic. Jon Tiven from Circus argued that there was a lack of memorable material on the album: "Just when Stevie had some momentum going, he went and put together a concept album of homogeneous music and rather typical lyrics. Unlike his last two albums, there are no real low spots on this album, which I suppose is an improvement, but there are no songs on Innervisions which are truly outstanding either. There's no 'Superstition,' no 'I Believe (When I Fall in Love It Will Be Forever).' By constructing a solid ground from which to work, Stevie has lowered the ceiling, and put a damper on his talents." No truly oustanding songs? Bet Jon feels silly now. Stevie was 22-23yo when he made this - astonishing!

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Tue Oct 11 2022
5

9/10

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

I ultimately like Songs in the Key of Life better, but this is still so good. Such a calming voice.

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Fri Oct 21 2022
5

I think this is actually my favorite Stevie album, above Songs In The Key Of Life. Anybody who thinks there's any filler on this must've gotten distracted while listening

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Sat Oct 22 2022
5

Every song on this album is a hit. Great to relax to

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Wed Oct 26 2022
5

Quality. Diverse and interesting songwriting.

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Fri Oct 28 2022
5

cool

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Mon Nov 07 2022
5

Hólísjitt hvað þetta er geggjuð plata!!!

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Sat Nov 12 2022
5

Stevie Wonder est un artiste que j'apprécie beaucoup et cet albu, fait partie des premiers que j'ai entendu. Je l'adore. 5

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Sat Nov 12 2022
5

This album is really good. The songs are catchy and I was grooving while listening along. I think with Stevie Wonder's songs, it's better if I'm not listening too attentively and is just better to just feel the music and go with the groove. If I focus too much on the music, it gets too repetitive, but when I'm not focusing on the music itself, the repetition works a lot better. Favorite song: Golden Lady Worst song: Living for the City

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Sat Nov 12 2022
5

Already heard, 4.5/5

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Tue Nov 15 2022
5

Groooovy Baby!

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Wed Nov 16 2022
5

I’ve noticed a lot of classic albums have been made by people in the mid twenties. Thriller, The fame monster, pet sounds, good kid maad city, revolver, etc,. And this album is no different

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Thu Nov 17 2022
5

4.5/5 good soul/funk

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Thu Nov 24 2022
5

Written, produced, arranged and performed (what, 95%?) by Stevie Wonder. It’s just absurd. Higher Ground was the only track I’d heard before. So this was mostly new to me and I was excited about it. The first time through, I was distracted and doing yard work. I was underwhelmed, but knew there had to be more here. Glad I gave it another listen. It grew on me very quickly. His voice is among the all time greats. Vocal runs have the potential to sound cheesy and cliche, but Stevie sets the bar and no one does it better. Often these float over his own background vocals. And the music just grooves. This album is hard to beat and I can’t wait to hear more of this iconic artist.

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Wed Nov 30 2022
5

One of the three stone-cold classics that Stevie Wonder wrote and performed during the sixties (the two other being *Songs In The Key Of Life* and *Talking Book*, naturally...). A large chunk of the modern strands of music still heard today actually stem from Stevie and those albums. "Too High"'s bassline and vocal bridge, " Visions"'s folk-like and dreamy guitar parts, "Living For The City"''s relentless groove, catchy synth bridge and socially aware lyrics, "Higher Ground"'s mysticism over funky "Superstition"-like accents, "All In Love Is Fair"'s tender build-ups... These are only the main highlights in this record where everything actually shines with a radiance rarely seen in the history of modern music *Innervisions* is a gem. So geniously inventive that it leaves you in a state of... wonder. Er... OK. I'll see myself out. ----> Number of albums left to review or just listen to: more than 700 I've temporarily lost count here Number of albums from the list I find relevant enough to be mandatory listens:  approximately a half so far (including this one) Albums from the list I *might* include in mine later on: a quarter Albums from the list I will certainly *not* include in mine (many others are more important): the last quarter

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Sat Dec 11 2021
4

Not my favorite of Stevie Wonder's albums but still great!

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Sat Dec 11 2021
4

8/10

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Wed Dec 15 2021
4

Imperdible, sonido muy cara teriztico 4

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Tue Dec 21 2021
4

groovy

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Tue Dec 28 2021
4

I love Stevie Wonder, and this album is solid. It’s not as poppy or catchy as some of his other stuff, but it’s really interesting and introspective and a little political. Loved it.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
4

What’s not to love about Stevie, don’t you worry is a classic

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Tue Jan 04 2022
4

good length. great songs. living for the city and higher ground are obvs the best

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Wed Jan 12 2022
4

Damn fine album.

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Fri Jan 21 2022
4

Great album. Thoroughly enjoyed. "Living for the City" was wonderful on headphones. And who doesn't love the funky sound of "Higher Ground".

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Sat Jan 22 2022
4

this was pleasantly surprising. the sound is so unlike any other stuff i'v heard from the 70's, much less by stevie wonder, but i really really liked this!! yaayy

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Mon Jan 24 2022
4

Stevie Wonder is always worth a listen! Stand out song is obviously Higher Ground, but the whole album is solid

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Tue Feb 01 2022
4

Muy buen disco

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Mon Feb 14 2022
4

The fact that Stevie performed six of these songs himself is insane. I've seen commercials with "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" in it and would've expected that would've ruined it for me, but I still enjoyed it, especially with the added latin flair throughout the song. Strong funk, soul, gospel record. Favorite tracks: "Living for the City", "Jesus Children of America"

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Tue Feb 15 2022
4

The record is just good. I like Talking Book more overall but I think the highs on this album are better.

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Anytime we get a Stevie Wonder album I know I'm in for a treat. I've heard this title before, but not the album. As expected, really great album, it makes sense why he dominated the Grammys for as long as he did. Just fantastic grooves all over this. I wouldn't put it up there with Songs in the Key of Life but it's still a great ride. Favorite tracks: Higher Ground, Living for the City, Too High, All in Love is Fair, Don't You Worry Bout a Thing. Album art: That's another thing about Stevie Wonder, great album arts. This one is really nice, love the landscape and the color palate. The poor guy's blind and yet has some of the best covers to look at. 4.5/5

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Fri Feb 18 2022
4

Great album by Mr Wonder

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Wed Feb 23 2022
4

i mean, it's a classic but i can only give 4 as a couple of mediocre tracks (visions, jesus children).

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

OK, no denying this is a phenomenal album and Stevie Wonder is really a musical genius. The heavy use of synthesizers, which was totally innovative. But this album is also noted as a massive influence in the direction of R&B and soul music going forward. And if I'm honest, I'd much rather listen to R&B or soul from the 50s and 60s than the 70s and 80s. The synthesizer-heavy R&B of the 80s is shit. So... great album with a terrible legacy? Shit... just listened to Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up" and realized that the terrible damage this album may have done to R&B ushered in some classics of the 80s and deserves some credit.

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Wed Mar 09 2022
4

It was a revelation when it came out. Living For the City a and Higher Ground are top shelf, but the rest doesn't reach that standard.

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Wed Mar 16 2022
4

Funky Stevie Wonder is just the absolute best. He covers so much depth and harshness about the world while still managing to get you toes tapping. I don't like this album as much as Songs In the Key of Life, but it is still one of his best works from his most fruitful period 4/5

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Wow we needed this after the previous album, some lighthearted fun from the big SW. I really enjoyed this, as I always do. The kind of funk and fun we all need. Don't you worry about a thing was a highlight,

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Was lovely listen. Thought I wouldnt dig it that much but boy was i wrong. I enjoyed every track !

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

can hear Stevie Wonders' influence on artists like Thundercat or Anderson Paak. Funky w/ a side of Jazz. Higher Ground track is a classic that has a bop to it that I love. Don't Worry About a Thing track is boomer city. Nice album just not my cup of tea.

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Thu Mar 17 2022
4

Never listened to a Stevie album before but I truly enjoyed it more than I thought. Great listen and good variety of tunes

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Fri Mar 18 2022
4

One of my all time favourite albums and possibly my favourite by Stevie.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

4.5/5. I have listened to this before, and on this listen I found this album more enjoyable than the first. It is a very solid album, as most of Wonder's albums are. The funk and soul go so well together, and it makes this a very enjoyable album.

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Mon Mar 21 2022
4

In which Mr. Wonder plays the organ. Innervisions is ONE of this iconic sounds from a period where Stevie Wonder constantly reinvents his sound'. Crossing over Soul, Jazz, Gospel, Spiritual, and good ole' Rock-N-Roll, Innervisions is a home run.

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Fri Mar 25 2022
4

Vibes

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

I listened to it blindfolded.

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Tue Mar 29 2022
4

One is Stevie's least crap albums. I love Stevie, but a lot of the album tracks don't stand out.

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Sat Apr 02 2022
4

Ridiculously talented stuff.

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Tue Apr 05 2022
4

This is my second Stevie Wonder album and it further confirms that he's a national treasure and can do no wrong. Pretty crazy that I haven't even gotten songs in the key of life yet. Also Higher Ground is a banger

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Thu Apr 07 2022
4

A fine album with 2 absolutely superb songs; Superstition and I Believe When I fall in Love. The rest of the album ain't half bad neither. My 2nd favorite Stevie Wonder album. 4.5 🌟

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Sun Apr 10 2022
4

This is a really good album from start to finish. 4/5

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Tue Apr 12 2022
4

Funky. What a great guy.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

I think the keyboard/synth riffs he lays down are iconic, influential and ahead of their time in 1973. I’m still amazed he plays most of the instruments. Like the other Stevie albums we’ve received, you have the hits and the supporting tracks. The hits on this LP are more political (a good thing by me) and the supporting tracks are more to my liking. The production isn’t as syrupy as his later efforts.

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Fri Apr 15 2022
4

The funky songs on this album are among his best. One is Living for the City but the best example is Higher Ground which is also the name of my favourite radio show.

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Tue Apr 26 2022
4

Talking Book came up recently so let's see how Stevie's sound has progressed in the 3 weeks / 9 months since then... Ooh it's good news! There's nothing as iconic as Superstition but the schmaltz has pretty much gone, replaced by experimental funk. Example: a track called 'Golden Lady' seemed like a prime candidate for schmaltziness, but turned out to be an absolute banger. I love the infinite key changes. The lyrics in the chorus to Higher Ground are much easier to understand than the RHCP version, too. Good stuff. 3.5 / 4.

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Thu May 05 2022
4

very good, enjoyed the sound!

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Thu May 05 2022
4

I'm glad to hear this as it expands my funk and R&B knowledge a bit more. As my first listen to Stevie Wonder, he does a great mix of mentioned genres along wonderful sax jazz and piano ballads. It's also very political with it's social issues in the first half, and I appreciate that. I'm not a fan of the cover art, which dates this release personally, but the music itself is anything but. It sounds amazing and is relevant with artists like Silk Sonic taking the torch for this sound.

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Fri May 06 2022
4

Vraiment très bon, beaucoup plus apprécié que l'autre que j'ai pogné de Stevie. Aucun moment faible vraiment. Plus un 4.5 qu'un 4

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Sat May 14 2022
4

Cool

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Tue May 17 2022
4

I've always enjoyed the soulful playing and creativity of Stevie Wonder, especially in songs like Golden Lady or Visions, on which the guitar is absolutely beautiful and well rendered. Groovy synth tones found on this record are also very nice.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

Smooth vibe. Such a great soulman - classic album.

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Tue May 17 2022
4

Admittedly, I'm not Stevie's biggest fan. I mean I love his music and hearing his big singles is always fun, but on whole albums I tend to find his brand of smooth soul a little too... smooth. Or gentle, let's put it this way. That's why I prefer the tracks that has a little more edge, like Living for the City. But having said that, it's obviously a classic and I can only admire his work even if it's not the first thing I'll want to hear when I want some soul.

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Fri May 27 2022
4

This is a great album. Social commentary, themed, imaginative, beautifully produced, suffused with craft. Hadn't listened all the way through before and was really happy I did.

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Sun May 29 2022
4

Another perfectly produced album by Stevie! The songs are not as impactful as other releases, but the sound is really the selling point.

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Sun May 29 2022
4

Stevie Wonder is just one of those musicians for me ... don't own a single album, know a pile of his music and it's almost like it has been just there always...so listening to some of these tracks, especially something like Living in the City and not sure why but hearing how relevant and strong that track is just shocked me. And Higher Ground is a classic.

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Sun May 29 2022
4

Stevie’s imperial period. He could do it all, and he made it groove!

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

Some classics in here but I think my favorite was Living for the City. Still relevant today.

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Fri Jun 03 2022
4

8/10

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Tue Jun 07 2022
4

It's Stevie Wonder. Always good stuff. Higher Ground is prob my fav song on here.

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Sat Jun 11 2022
4

Un petit rayon de soleil

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Sun Jun 26 2022
4

Solid album, filled with funk & soul.

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Tue Jun 28 2022
4

Just some great tunes. Man, I love Stevie Wonder. Best track: Higher Ground

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Wed Jul 06 2022
4

Innervisions was a wildly successful album for Wonder, regaled with widespread critical acclaim and and an Album of the Year award from the Grammy's. Listening, it's easy to understand why: Wonder is a master of soul and composition. He weaves beautiful songs of life and love and the complex landscape of America. Moreover, he's a fantastic multi-instrumentalist, which helps bring his vision to full fruition on his own terms. I only wish the production allowed Wonder's songs to have a bit more punch to them, as many come across as flat, which doesn't do the songs justice.

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Sat Jul 09 2022
4

7/7/2022 - ALBUM #161 Today's Album: "Innervisions" by Stevie Wonder - This was a pretty fantastic introduction to Stevie Wonder from a generator perspective because it really feels like this record is Stevie transitioning into some of the songwriting and experimental techniques that would define his career. It feels much more like an intentional statement as an entire album than something like Signed, Sealed, Delivered. Although I had heard many of his hits and a fair amount of his most acclaimed record, Songs In The Key Of Life, I hadn’t really ever heard an entire project from him top to bottom, so this being such a cohesive work made it a treat to say the least. The opener, Too High is a really great start for this project, with solid funk grooves that contrast lyrics alluding to the tragedy of someone losing their life to overdose after getting “too high” too many times. The track Visions slows things down after this for a contemplative look at what Stevie invisions for the future look like and how they clash with the harsh reality of injustices today. This theme transfers over to the track Living For The City, where a man moves into the city with barely enough and ends up getting incarcerated by racist police for a crime he didn’t even know he was committing. The voice clips of the policemen and jailer putting this man away hit so hard on a first listen and really make you feel the inequality going on. This theme of Stevie putting these injustices and “innervisions” to song continues throughout the track list and I particularly like the closing track He’s Misstra Know-It-All because it tells the listener exactly who is to blame for all of this injustice: The fast talking business man that thinks he knows everything. It’s almost poetic the way Stevie describes these pieces of shit people that exist in mass in our world and cause so much suffering for others without any regard for it. Now in terms of the actual music on the record, I think there is quite a large array of different moods and styles that Stevie is weaving together here quite well. I like the track Golden Lady for its amazing synth/piano work and its expressive chorus. Higher Ground is a great track as well with a bubbly funk guitar, some interesting cymbal work, and an uplifting message. All In Love Is Fair is one of the shining ballads on the album and it does a good job of capturing the emotion felt in a tough romantic situation. It’s also one of the most passionate vocal performances from Stevie on this album and boy does he blow it out of the park There are moments where I felt that the instrumental pallet felt a bit flatter than what I would typically expect on a Stevie Wonder project, especially when compared to a lush project like SITKOL, but I think the songwriting on this album really makes up for where it lacks sonically. Overall, this is an album jam packed with flavor, personality, soul, and a healthy amount of experimentation. It may not be what I initially expected to get out of a Stevie Wonder album, but the more I listened to it, the more I embraced the thematic songwriting choices he went for. Give this one a listen if you can handle soulful funk grooves and punchy ballads. Highlights: Too High, Visions, Living for the City, Golden Lady, Higher Ground, All in Love is Fair, Don’t You Worry ‘Bout a Thing, He’s Misstra Know-It-All Score: 8/10 A particularly introspective and experimental album from the great Stevie Wonder

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Thu Jul 28 2022
4

Overall enjoyed this album. A few of the songs are snoozers for me and not my thing because they are on the slow side but when it picks up it is great music. Enjoyed Golden Lady, Higher Ground, and a few of the other classics here. I can listen to this cleaning, working, hanging out, etc.

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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

This is definitely the start of something special in Stevie's career - you can sense the creativity brimming over, and the pure musical proficiency he brings - wow.

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Sat Jul 30 2022
4

I started out thinking this wasn't the Stevie Wonder I know and then Living for the City came on. I think it is my favourite Wonder number. Higher Ground is also legendary. A truly wonderful listen.

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Mon Aug 01 2022
4

29th July 2022 Listened on our last day in Berrias! Went to a brocante in the morning in Saint Ambroix then came home and chilled before flying home. Funky, clean production and serious serious rhythm. Loved it.

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Wed Aug 03 2022
4

An album that gets better as you listen to it. Lots of great piano, guitar and bass throughout. Higher ground is definitely the high point with some earlier songs missing the mark

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Sat Aug 06 2022
4

7/10. Some boring tunes, but Living For the City and He's Misstra Know It All are jams

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Tue Aug 09 2022
4

Plenty of inversions in sound, ‘Living for the City’ an absolute cracker

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

Stevie Wonder could do no wrong for a good period of time. Higher Ground is an absolute banger of a song.

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

After listening to a lot of Stevie, I’ve decided that I prefer his funky stuff over him being a balladeer. His slow stuff just doesn’t do a lot for me. Good thing this is mostly upbeat tracks, though. A-

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Mon Aug 15 2022
4

Quite a good album. I listened through it twice and both times were a bop. 3.75/5

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

i'm giving this 4/5 on the strength of "don't worry bout a thing" alone, but the whole album was good

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Thu Aug 18 2022
4

Great start to this journey! I’ll probably listen to it again today. It was amazing to hear a full-length funk album from the 70s - especially one of Stevie Wonder’s! I can definitely see that it influenced the sound of artists like Michael Jackson, Prince, and Frank Ocean. - Karimah

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Tue Aug 23 2022
4

Stevie ”Bangermaker” Wonder does it again

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Thu Aug 25 2022
4

I do love Stevie Wonder’s early seventies synthesizer work! There are some marvelous moments on this album. It's funky and has a few important messages. It's a perfect time capsule of 1973 and mostly a great time.

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Lovely chilled album

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Fri Aug 26 2022
4

Lagano i ljubavno

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Thu Sep 01 2022
4

It’s good. Warm and good to play in the kitchen while you cook

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Sun Sep 04 2022
4

Some was so much better than I was expected - I always found Stevie Wonder a little cringey. Very talented, but just didn't vibe with it. There was some of that on this album, but the majority was just great.

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

Groovy

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Tue Sep 06 2022
4

Not what I was expecting and very up lifting listen.

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Thu Sep 08 2022
4

Ovo je baš neki optimističan album, pun neke dobre energije. Jutro je započelo sa rezanjem kadrova iz svatova, crnim čajem i ovim albumom dok sunce probija lagano kroz maglicu i kroz moj prozor, jako lijep osjećaj.

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Sun Sep 11 2022
4

I was super not digging this one as it kicked off. Sometimes Stevie comes across so soft that it's off-putting. But, somewhere around "Higher Ground" he stopped playing around and started laying it down. Ended up really enjoying "Innervisions" far more than expected.

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Sat Sep 17 2022
4

Stevie Wonder is wondrous. Some of the songs were more exciting than others, but I enjoyed the vibe of this album

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Sun Sep 18 2022
4

I think Stevie Wonder is probably one of those musicians where I think I only know a handful of songs by him, but when I actually look into it I actually know loads. My favourite of his (Sir Duke) is unfortunately not on this album, but there are still some that I know to be fantastic. Songs I already knew: Living For The City, Higher Ground, Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing Favourite after listening: Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing, Living For The City Overall: 7/10 Stevie was 23 when this was released, and it was his sixteenth album. Can you wrap your head around that? Musicians were just built different back then. When I looked at the track list and recognised some of the songs I hoped that this would be a great listen. However, aside from the ones I already knew, everything else fell a little flatter. That is not to say they were bad by any means, but goodness just compares that way with greatness. Overall, a very good album but I’ll likely only return to the songs I already knew anyway.

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Mon Sep 19 2022
4

****

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Tue Sep 20 2022
4

God, this is awesome. The vocals, the keyboard, piano, guitar...so damn funky. It would be pretty hard NOT to like this.

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Wow, never heard this before and it's awesome!

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Fri Sep 23 2022
4

Some skippable songs here IMHO, but the great songs are GREAT. Super lush production, good stuff.

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Sat Sep 24 2022
4

felt quite short but very cool and pretty i liked it 😗

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Mon Oct 03 2022
4

After having Fulfillingness’ First Finale a few months ago and loving it, I had high hopes for this. I wouldn’t say I was disappointed because it is still great music, but not as initially catchy or impactful. 8/10

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Sat Oct 08 2022
4

Not as goods Key of Life but still funky and thought provoking

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Fri Oct 21 2022
4

Stevie the hit machine. Unfortunately even though he's written multiple hits per album there is just a lot of filler too. 4 stars.

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