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Songs in the Key of Life

Stevie Wonder

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Capping Wonder’s most artistically productive period, 1976’s Grammy-winning Songs in the Key of Life was a two-LP plus 4-song EP 21-track magnum opus that overflows with shocking, forward-thinking moments of grand musical ambition and great social concern. Wonder’s natural gifts are all on full display. His chilling understatement (“Love’s In Need of Love Today”), his austere orchestration (“Village Ghetto Land”), his knack for the unforgettable hook (his tribute to the recently departed Duke Ellington, “Sir Duke,” his rapturous celebration of his new daughter “Isn’t She Lovely”) and his impeccable instrumental prowess (“Contusion”) are in ample supply. It’s no coincidence that it would take Wonder three years to follow up such an accomplishment. He’s fully invested himself throughout with his personal musical vocabulary becoming part of the larger musical community. In recent years, “Pastime Paradise” was used as the basis for Coolio’s “Gangsta’s Paradise,” while the hit “I Wish” was given new lyrics by Will Smith for the theme to the movie Wild Wild West.  Simply one of modern music’s most important and influential statements.

Customer Reviews

magic

I dont understand anyone who can listen to Stevie Wonder and not be utterly moved. This album deserves 5 stars...and is quite simply, the greatest example of musical genius ever compiled in one album. Thank you Stevie Wonder. Your music will live on throughout every generation, and every new listener will continue to be blessed by your genius.

Songs key to a way of life.

Quite simply one of the greatest collections of music ever created.

Timeless quality

I grew up on this album and I still find myself putting in. It stands up to a lot of contemporary music and could have been released this year. Another Star, Pastime Paradise (Coolio), As (covered by George Michael), I Wish and Isn't She Lovely (I bet you can't play without smiling and clapping Stevie style!). A must have for CD collection.

Biography

Born: 13 May 1950 in Saginaw, MI

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Stevie Wonder is a much-beloved American icon and an indisputable genius not only of R&B but popular music in general. Blind virtually since birth, Wonder's heightened awareness of sound helped him create vibrant, colorful music teeming with life and ambition. Nearly everything he recorded bore the stamp of his sunny, joyous positivity; even when he addressed serious racial, social, and spiritual issues (which he did quite often in his prime), or sang about heartbreak and romantic uncertainty,...
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