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There’s unbridled joy and plenty of sweat on this buoyant 1980 album. On the Bob Marley-inspired reggae track “Master Blaster (Jammin’),” every instrument sounds like it's on springs, as Wonder makes a jubilant plea for unity. At the other end of the spectrum, “Lately” is one of his most aching ballads, with intimate vocals and a melancholy feel, while the ebullient “Happy Birthday,” a tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., is impossible to listen to without a smile on your face.

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Underrated!

“All I Do” and “Rocket Love” are 2 of Stevie’s most painfully, PAINFULLY underrated songs. I disagree with the iTunes critique that “All I Do” is “Disco-tinged”. That song is solidly R&B that just grooves in a way no disco tune could ever hope to.

Masterpiece

From 1970-1982 There was no more talented or gifted singer/musician than Stevie Wonder. Prince is the ONLY other artist/musician that is on his level. (they don’t rely on other producers/writers/arrangers/musicians to make an album)

Masterpiece

One of the greatest albums!

Biography

Born: May 13, 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, an...
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