'Songs In The Key Of Life' is my favorite album of all time. There may be more 'perfect' albums. I might put Stevie's 'Innervisions' in that category, or a few Beatles albums. But 'Songs' does what no other album comes close to. I believe it is the greatest single artistic celebration of love in all its forms ever to be given to humanity. Whether it is the pain of romantic love 'Ordinary Pain' or the finding of it 'Joy Inside My Tears' or the sheer expression of it 'Knocks Me Off My Feet' or the difficulties in it between man and woman 'Summer Soft' or the reconciliation of its memory 'Another Star'; whether it is the love of a child 'Isn't She lovely' or for the memory of childhood 'I Wish' or humanity's love of music 'Sir Duke'; or whether Stevie wants to discuss how love itself is lacking in people and needed in our world 'Love's In Need Of Love today' and 'If It's Magic' or rejoice in its inevitability and universality 'As' and 'Ngiculela – Es Una Historia – I Am Singing' no one has ever explored love in the way that Stevie Wonder has in this sprawling masterpiece. Not only does he touch upon what love is in his lyrics but the music, the instrumentation, Stevie's playing on keyboard and harmonica, and especially his singing powerfully communicate the actual feelings of joy, sadness, and everything in between. In the spirit of another side of love is the anger at injustice that is expressed in songs like 'Black Man' and 'Village Ghetto Land' among a variety of other musical pieces. Simply put, no one can do these things like Stevie Wonder can and with 'Songs In The Key Of Life' he uses his musical and spiritual gifts to give the world a treasure chest of keys to help turn away from judgmentalism and encourage us to unlock our doors to the land of Love Mentalism (see album liner notes).
FuzzyWuzzy, the KCLS patron below mine, has a fantastic review and a great name to identify themselves. I agree that Stevie Wonder produced many fantastic records! "Songs in the Key of Life" is simply a masterpiece in the history of recorded soul music. Stevie Wonder can do it all. He writes music that makes you want to dance and sing. Put "Songs In the Key of Life" in the Top Ten Albums of All Time!
To say that singer/songwriter/instrumentalist, Stevie Wonder (birth-name - Stevland Hardaway Morris) was in absolute top form here with "Songs In The Key Of Life" would be an understatement like no other.
Released (through Motown Records) in 1976 - "Songs" would be Wonder's 18th album and it certainly proved to be one of his very best-selling, worldwide, with sales exceeding well over 10 million copies.
This album is a great combined mix of soul, R&B, and pop music.
"Songs" is a 2-disc set, containing 20 tracks in all. Two of my favourite songs are, of course, "I Wish" and "Sir Duke".
g-o-o-o-d god what a masterpiece. stevie was riding on top of the world when he perceived the world's reaction to this monolith of soul-talent. it eclipsed anything the rock world could bring to bear against it. even the likes of Elton john stood in stevie's shadow. he could have retired just on the strength of this one alone. he didn't need to keep going. all the jive white people were into it, in a way they never got into Earth Wind and Fire. If it hadn't been for the Beegees, Stevie would never have been dislodged from the top of the charts, and our hearts.
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