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Stevie Wonder Fulfillingness First Finale

Stevie Wonder Album Reviews

Stevie Wonder is one of the most outrageously talented figures to emerge from the popular music era. His first song to hit number one was recorded when he was 12 years old, and he continued to have hits through the 1960s as a teenager, as part of Motown.

In 1971, at the age of 21, he wrested control of his career from Motown, and with Where I’m Coming From began a series of acclaimed albums where he produced, wrote, and often played the bulk of the instruments. While Wonder’s often associated with keyboard instruments, he’s also a virtuoso harmonica player and a distinctive drummer. His seventies albums were often daring sonically, due to his collaboration with engineers Robert Margouleff and Malcolm Cecil, who allowed him to access newly developed synthesizer technology. While his lyrics were never his strong point, his increasing interest in social issues helped to give his music more depth.

Despite pushing artistic boundaries, Wonder succeeded commercially and also dominated the Grammy awards during the mid seventies, with his three masterpieces from the period, Innervisions, FullfillingnessLast Finale, and Songs in the Key of Life, all justifiably receiving recognition as album of the year. This was an amazing achievement, as Wonder also had to deal with a serious car crash just after Innervisions was released, while his entourage forced him to stop his collaboration with Margouleff and Cecil before 1976’s Songs in the Key of Life.

On this page I’ve only covered his peak era, between 1971 and 1982. I’ve also included his two 1970s collaborations with Syreeta Wright, of which Stevie Wonder Presents: Syreeta is very strong and well worth discovering.

Ten Favourite Stevie Wonder Songs

I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)
Superwoman
Creepin’
Livin’ For The City
Saturn
Golden Lady
Superstition
It Ain’t No Use
Summer Soft
My Cherie Amour

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Stevie Wonder Where I'm Coming From

Where I’m Coming From – Stevie Wonder

Where I’m Coming From (1971), 6/10 After a decade at a Motown child star, Stevie Wonder released his first fully … Continue Reading Where I’m Coming From – Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder Music of My Mind

Music of My Mind – Stevie Wonder

Music of My Mind (1972), 8/10 A more confident and focused Wonder released Music Of My Mind – it didn’t … Continue Reading Music of My Mind – Stevie Wonder

Syreeta 1972 Album

Syreeta – Syreeta Wright

Syreeta (1972), 6.5/10 Not content with simply releasing his own ground breaking LPs, Stevie Wonder’s hobby was helping his former wife … Continue Reading Syreeta – Syreeta Wright

Stevie Wonder Talking Book

Talking Book – Stevie Wonder

Talking Book (1972), 8/10 Talking Book established the adult Stevie Wonder as a star – the upbeat clavinet groove of … Continue Reading Talking Book – Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder Innervisions

Innervisions – Stevie Wonder

Innervisions (1973), 10/10 Wonder’s musical talent is undeniable, but on Innervisions he grasped a lyrical depth to match it. He’d … Continue Reading Innervisions – Stevie Wonder

Syreeta Wright Stevie Wonder presents Syreeta

Stevie Wonder presents Syreeta – Syreeta Wright

Stevie Wonder presents Syreeta (1974), 8.5/10 If their first collaboration was a pleasant diversion, Stevie Wonder presents Syreeta is a … Continue Reading Stevie Wonder presents Syreeta – Syreeta Wright

Stevie Wonder Fulfillingness First Finale

Fulfillingness’ First Finale – Stevie Wonder

Fulfillingness’ First Finale (1973), 10/10 Three days after Innervisions was released, Wonder was involved in a serious car accident where … Continue Reading Fulfillingness’ First Finale – Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder Songs in the Key of Life

Songs in the Key of Life – Stevie Wonder

Songs in the Key of Life (1976), 9/10 Songs in the Key of Life feels the tiniest ounce less inspired … Continue Reading Songs in the Key of Life – Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder The Secret Life of Plants

Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through “The Secret Life of Plants – Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through “The Secret Life of Plants (1979), not rated I’ve never heard this. Another double album, it’s … Continue Reading Stevie Wonder’s Journey Through “The Secret Life of Plants – Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder Hotter Than July

Hotter Than July – Stevie Wonder

Hotter Than July (1980), 7/10 Hotter Than July is solidly entertaining, but it’s merely product in a way that his 1970s’ … Continue Reading Hotter Than July – Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder Original Musiquarium I

Stevie Wonder’s Original Musiquarium I – Stevie Wonder

Stevie Wonder’s Original Musiquarium I (1982), not rated I don’t want to rate this – even though the material is … Continue Reading Stevie Wonder’s Original Musiquarium I – Stevie Wonder

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