Music Review: Stevie Wonder – Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
Stevie Wonder is a much-beloved American icon and an indisputable genius not only of R&B but popular music in general. Although not being able to see, he found out his talent in music as a child and went on making this in his life. Maybe his natural musical talent and a little help of his acute hearing sense contributed to be the musician that he is now, whose songs are vibrant, colorful music teeming with life and ambition.
The album “Songs in the Key of Life” became among the best-selling and most critically acclaimed albums of his career. Earning him 13 weeks at the number one spot of the album charts, winning four out of seven Grammy nominations in 1977 and ranking 56 out of The Rolling Stones 500 Greatest albums of all time. Moreover, its critical response was positive. The album was viewed as “a guided tour through a wide range of musical styles as well as the life and feeling of the artist”. It includes recollections of childhood, of first love and lost love. Also, it contains songs about faith and love among all peoples and songs about justice for the poor and downtrodden.
Wonder’s songs are considered quite difficult to sing. He developed many new textures and sounds never heard before. So, not only this album but many others were significantly influential to both R&B and pop music. Among the musicians and performers who list Wonder as one of their major influences are Mariah Carey, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Maroon 5, Jay Kay and Musiq Soulchild.
This album is considered a classic album because first of all, it’s a signature album of Stevie Wonder. It took a while to him release this album but it was worth all the time he spent on it. People loved and still love his songs because they are about something. The lyrics are ideas, politics, social theory, parental love, fear, hope that transmit messages to our lives. Whenever passing through hard time, people can be inspired and get...
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