I was excited to listen to this weeks album because I have actually never listened to a Stevie Wonder song. Or if I did, it was on the radio and I had no idea it was him. This is his 16th album and significant because he was the first black artist to experiment with the ARP synthesizer which was being used by a lot of the artists at the time. He also played all or virtually all instruments on six of the album’s nine tracks, making most of Innervisions a representative one-man band.
When this album opened with the synthesizer and Too High begins I am feeling good. My mum was a disco queen and so I have an unnatural love for the genre. This song was funky and upbeat and I really enjoyed it. He went into Visions which was a slow ballad but still had that 70s sound. Living for the City painted a vivid picture of this family and the arresting dialogue in the middle made for an interesting song. I find myself chair dancing to Jesus Children of America, the beat, tambourine and synthesizer get my toes tapping. All is Fair in Love was a beautiful ballad with lyrics anyone who is fighting with their significant other can relate to and Wonder has such a strong and soulful voice in this one.
All in all, I really enjoyed a bit of 70s sound in this list and really like this album. I may be downloading a few songs from iTunes.
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