Album #293 – Innervisions

Album #293

Stevie Wonder does it again. Innervisions is probably the best of the albums from his classic period. It is certainly the most memorable for me. It features two of his biggest hits: Higher Ground and Living For The City. Wonder mixes up tempo tracks with slow ballads, soul and funk with r&b, rock and latin rhythms. But more importantly, Wonder continues to write songs with strong lyrics and important messages. In some ways, if it were not for this album, Wonder might no longer be with us. Shortly after Innervisions was released, he ended up in a coma after a car accident. Wonder’s manager at the time started singing Higher Ground to him in the hospital and it woke him up out of his coma. It is a shame that material from Stevie Wonder’s classic period does not get played on rock stations anymore. When this album was released, several FM rock stations played tracks from this and Wonder’s other classic albums. Sadly, that is the way it is now. But, in my opinion, this album makes you think. Wonder may disguise some of the lyrical content in upbeat tracks but, he is making the listener notice everything that is going on in the world. That is why Innervisions and the other albums from the classic period are so good. Wonder writes or co-writes all of the songs and plays most of the instruments. I cannot think of a single performer today who does this. I am so glad all of these amazing albums are on the list. Other highlights include: Visions, Golden Lady, All In Love Is Fair (sounds similar to The Windmills of Your Mind to me, for some reason, only BETTER!!!) and Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing. Overall, I give Innervisions 4.5 out of 5.

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