Top positive review
Contender for #1 album of all-time
Reviewed in the United States on September 13, 2016
This album is probably in the top 10 of every music fan in existence. It was the first album I fell in love with as a 15yo kid when it came out, and if it's not my all-time fave still, it's right near the top. It has everything. First off, being a double-album means it's filled with a lot of music, which is a huge bonus when an album is really good (or great, such as this one is). Stevie's career peak was 1972-1976, and this album was the apex of that peak, one final burst of creative genius he shared with the world. He never approached these heights again. Half a dozen or more of these songs have become stone-cold classics, staples of classic rock radio even 40 years later: Sir Duke, I Wish, Pastime Paradise, Isn't She Lovely, Another Star, Knocks Me Off My Feet.
Stevie effortlessly switched from ballads to R&B rockers like it was nothing, equally convincing in both. Listening to this album makes me shake my head in bewilderment at how good an album can be. Few albums have ever had such a lasting impact as this one, and for the few that haven't heard this album, do yourself a favor and get it. If you buy only one Stevie Wonder album, this is the one to get, without question.