Music of My Mind

(1972), 8/10
A more confident and focused Wonder released Music Of My Mind – it didn’t produce any major hits and it wasn’t a huge seller, but it’s more artistically satisfying than Where I’m Coming From. Instrumental to his success is his collaboration with the synthesizer pioneers Malcolm Cecil and Robert Margouleff, who were key in allowing Wonder access to new and revolutionary sound textures in his seventies records. With access to this technology, Wonder performed the Music of My Mind almost entirely solo. The best and best known song is the eight minute ‘Superwoman’ with Buzz Feiten’s tasteful guitar leads; he’s almost the only outside musician to appear on the album. The album’s front-loaded – the upbeat and memorable pair of ‘Love Having You Around’ and ‘I Love Every Little Thing About You’ are also among the first three tracks – but the second side’s ‘Happier Than The Morning Sun’ is another major highlight. Wonder’s clavinet drives ‘Keep On Running’, but the song runs out of steam over its six minutes and could have been trimmed. Music Of My Mind doesn’t quite feel like peak-era Stevie, but it’s another major step forward in his rapid artistic growth.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s