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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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3.89

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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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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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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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Mon Dec 20 2021
5

it’s Stevie it’s a great album

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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 Nov 07 2023
5

An eye-opening record. Beyond amazing.

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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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Tue Apr 18 2023
3

I always wanted to like him more than I did. Just never quite worked for me.

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Sat Sep 16 2023
2

Beside the occasional killer baseline, this confirms that Stevie Wonder is not for me.

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Tue Mar 07 2023
4

It used to bug me to no end when I’d be out at a bar or a party and the band would say “we’re gonna do a Red Hot Chili Peppers song!” and then kick into “Higher Ground”. Show some respect, you clods.

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Fri Sep 02 2022
3

I think Stevie is incredible for so many reasons, but for reasons I cannot explain, I've never been wildly into his music. I like quite a few of his songs, to be sure. But overall, I've never really reached for his stuff.

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Tue Apr 25 2023
2

It was funk and soul. It was alright but I don't have a need to revisit

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Tue Jun 06 2023
2

I only really liked Higher Ground. I'm mostly a fan of his hit songs. I've been judging my albums on whether I'd go back to listen to it again. This isn't a bad album by any means. It's just not something I would replay.

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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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Wed Jan 26 2022
5

A Motown classic. Stevie Wonder at his finest.

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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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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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Sun Sep 24 2023
5

First song ~ Too High ~ draws you in with its jazzy drum beats and soothing synth sounds, Preparing u for an experience. Transitions into each song are beautiful, almost like a page off of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Nine amazing songs leaving you want more. Don’t be greedy.

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Wed Sep 27 2023
5

Absolutely fearless album, that goes into whatever genre or mood it likes, when it likes. The artistry is unmatched in Stevie's discography and in spite of the record's ambition, it still works perfectly as an album. Top tier Stevie and just a top album in general.

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Thu Sep 21 2023
4

This was the first time I've listened to this album. I picked up on a lot of samples and references to it by 90s hip-hop artists. It starts with a sample from one of my all-time most listened to and loved songs: "All Night" by the Alkaholiks. The chorus of "Living for the City" was repeated in Wu-Tang's "The City." In that line someone comments, "New York City, skyscrapers and everythang" which was repeated in the track "All the Critics in New York" by Westside Connection. I also had forgotten that the RHCP song "Higher Ground" was actually a cover. So in addition to pointing to how pervasive the 70s were in 90s music, my lack of awareness of this album's influence also points to a generational and cultural disconnect between me and the artists who created that music. There is a lot of depth to this album and I'll need to listen to it again to fully appreciate it. I was taking in the sound and music and less the lyrics, and I understand that these are laden with social commentary of life as a Black man in mid century America, personal experiences with drug addiction, and so on. Plus there is clear significance in the title Innervisions that can't be appreciated without hearing the lyrics and getting to some of the deeper layers of the music.

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Fri Sep 22 2023
3

Not quite what I expected. A little more rock and funk influenced, including in instrumentation. Highlighted Stevie's voice and has some great tracks like Jesus Children of America and He's Misstra Know it All.

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Mon Jan 03 2022
5

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

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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

10/10. This was really good.

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Tue Jan 11 2022
5

“The fuckin’ crowded city!”

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Tue Aug 09 2022
5

Might be premature, but new favourite Stevie album? August 10, 2022

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Fri Aug 12 2022
5

Wat een fijn album, niet verwacht

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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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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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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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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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