Not content with simply releasing his own ground breaking LPs, Stevie Wonder’s hobby was helping his former wife launch her own solo career. While Syreeta feels lightweight compared to Wonder’s contemporary albums, it very much feels like a lost Stevie Wonder album, with Cecil and Margouleff engineering, and Wonder collaborating on most of the songs, with audible backing vocals and keyboard parts. Wright’s a very able collaborator, with a strong voice.
Wright tackles ‘I Love Every Little Thing About You’ from Music Of My Mind, and also covers Smokey Robinson’s ‘What Love Has Joined Together’ and The Beatles’ ‘She’s Leaving Home’, with Stevie Wonder’s bizarre synthesized vocals replacing John Lennon’s Greek chorus. There are also some strong Wonder and Wright co-writes like ‘Baby Don’t You Let Me Lose This’ and the groove of ‘To Know You Is To Love You’.
If you adore Stevie Wonder’s golden period in the early to mid seventies, Syreeta is a nice appendix to it.