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Garth Brooks, Stevie Wonder Perform at Moving ASCAP Gala

November 18, 2014

Last night, some of the most successful and iconic songwriters of the past half-century captivated an audience of about 800 with performances and speeches at the ASCAP Centennial Awards in New York City. Stevie Wonder discussed how songwriting can encourage...

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Stevie Wonder Opens 'Key of Life' Tour With Emotional Show

November 7, 2014

Stevie Wonder kicked off a 12-date tour celebrating his 1976 landmark Songs in the Key of Life, revisiting the album with a small army of musicians at a sold-out Madison Square Garden last night. Songs in the Key of Life was the most ambitious R&B...

Album Review

Natural Wonder

January 25, 1996

It's a measure of Stevie Wonder's place in our collective unconscious that merely saying his name immediately conjures up images of Eddie Murphy's Saturday Night Live impression — the neck arched upward, the body swaying, the braids flying. To many...

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The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration

September 16, 1993

At Bob Dylan's anniversary celebration, held at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 16, 1992, the event transcended the man. Between the stunning range of artists who performed Dylan's songs – from Stevie Wonder to Roger McGuinn, Tracy Chapman to Eric...

Album Review

In Square Circle

October 24, 1985
Not Rated

Stevie Wonder has been laying low for the past five years. He couldn't help writing a few songs to fill out the hits compilation Original Musiquarium I, or knocking out soundtrack ditties for 'The Woman in Red'; the man has hit making in his blood. Yet...

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Journey Through The Secret Life Of Plants (Soundtrack)

January 24, 1980
Not Rated

Begin at the end. Stevie Wonder's Journey through the Secret Life of Plants is so uneven, so full of tiny pleasures and bloated tedium, that for some assurance that Wonder hasn't lost his touch, you ought to start by listening to the LP's last cut. "Finale"...

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Fulfillingness' First Finale

September 26, 1974
Not Rated

The cover of Fulfillingness' First Finale depicts a staircase of keyboards rising — from the Motor Town Review and "Fingertips" through gold records, Grammies and an auto accident — to the sky. It's remarkably apt, for the careers of few performers...

Album Review

Talking Book

January 4, 1973
Not Rated

Stevie Wonder's second album this year is in many ways a reprise with variations of the first, Music of My Mind. Both are ambitious, richly-textured, almost entirely the work of Wonder himself, who produced (with assistance, primarily on the Moog work,...

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Greatest Hits Vol. 2

January 6, 1972
Not Rated

In a recent interview, Stevie Wonder said, "I think the ultimate is one's nakedness — being stripped of all these [material] things, and if there's such a thing as the soul that speaks — which I do believe — then that would be seen."...

Album Review

Signed, Sealed and Delivered

January 7, 1971
Not Rated

Any of the 12 songs on Stevie Wonder's new album holds more creative singing than you're likely to find in another performer's entire body of work. And while everything may not reach the energy level of the title song, "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," there's...

Album Review

A Time To Love

October 20, 2005

Complain all you want about Stevie Wonder taking his sweet time — ten years of it in this case — to deliver a new record. On A Time to Love, the soul giant (and notoriously fussy producer) used that go-slow approach where it really counts:...

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Conversation Peace

March 23, 1995

It would be hard to underestimate the influential legacy of Stevie Wonder, a 1989 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. After recording a stack of '60s singles that helped define the sound of Motown, Wonder was also the artist who broke that...

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Characters

January 28, 1988

"Skeletons," the sly first single from Characters, is a brilliant Wonder work, an edgy number driven by the same socially conscious anger that fueled his Seventies classics "You Haven't Done Nothin," "Living for the City" and "Big Brother." Whether or...

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Hotter Than July

February 5, 1981

Though smaller scaled and rougher than Songs in the Key of Life and Journey through the Secret Life of Plants, Stevie Wonder's Hotter than July is no less macrocosmic in its outlook. Only less messianic. Again, Wonder presents himself as a mystical star...

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Songs In The Key Of Life

December 16, 1976
Not Rated

Stevie Wonder's Songs in the Key of Life, like some big Hollywood studio blockbuster, comes to us already weighted down with words, stabbed with exclamation points and wrapped — or is it shrouded? — in great expectations. Two years in the...

Album Review

Innervisions

June 6, 1974
Not Rated

With his last three albums Stevie Wonder has replaced Sly Stone as the most significant individual black innovator in the twin fields of R&B and rock. He has also replaced him as the most popular black music personality: Wonder's appeal now crosses...

Album Review

Music of My Mind

April 27, 1972
Not Rated

It's only when I stop dancing and singing all around the room and sit down to think critically about it, that it occurs to me Stevie Wonder's new album may not be the great album of the year. It's certainly the best thing to come out of Motown since Marvin...

Album Review

Where I'm Coming From

August 5, 1971
Not Rated

Ambitious, personal albums may be a glut on the market elsewhere, but at Motown they're something new. These, from two of the Corporation's Finest, represent a subversive concept, allowed only to producers the overseerstars of Motown's corporate plantation...

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Stand!

July 26, 1969
Not Rated

Like Frank Zappa's Mothers, Sly Stone's group is unique. And, in fact, a comparison of the two groups is not as far fetched as it first might seem. Both exude a superficial formlessness in their sounds. Both demand, on one level at least, to be taken...

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