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After releasing two "head" records during 1970-71, Stevie Wonder expanded his compositional palate with 1972's Talking Book to include societal ills as well as tender love songs, and so recorded the first smash album of his career. What had been hinted at on the intriguing project Music of My Mind was here focused into a laser beam of tight songwriting, warm electronic arrangements, and ebullient performances – altogether the most realistic vision of musical personality ever put to wax, beginning… read more



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  • Avatar for Akayz7
    not as good as Innervisions but very sweet.
  • Avatar for DickBigems
    We have the aftermath of the relationship and all the self-doubting that can present itself when love ends on "Blame It on the Sun", then "Looking for Another Pure Love" which is basically about moving on, and finally "I Believe" which basically starts the cycle of love all over again, Stevie almost naively thinking that when this next new love comes in his life it'll last forever. Yet it's already acknowledged in the album (specifically on "You & I", but other songs as well) that romantic love is usually kind of temporary thing and there's no telling if and how long it'll last. But that's the kind of naivete that's required for people to continue getting into relationships, otherwise why would someone want to fall in love, if they just figured or knew it was going to end in such heartbreak.
  • Avatar for DickBigems
    Talking Book is perhaps Stevie's most personal album, at least as far as emotional accounts of his life go. It's an album about romantic love, a good portion of it dedicated to material about love on the decline, with many of the lyrics having a kind of bleak outlook to them - probably fair to say this had something to do with his divorce at the time to Syreeta Wright (who actually co-wrote some of these songs). Yet for all these disheartening accounts in the album, Stevie still manages to maintain the hopeful and optimistic parts that going into love as well, with songs such as "You are the Sunshine of My Life" and "I Believe", and even the tentative "You & I". The album is great because it manages to chronicle basically all the ups and downs of romantic love, the joy and cheerfulness that it can bring as well as the emptiness and loneliness that can come when it ends (or looks like it's going to end). And the last three tracks are sequenced perfectly for that very reason.
  • Avatar for Cazweigun
    Such a great album.
  • Avatar for Frazerman
    An incredible artistic breakthrough for Stevie.
  • Avatar for grandfunk49
    Great album!
  • Avatar for brandosoul
    Happy 40th to "Talking Book!" Mr. Wonder, thank you for this perfect masterpiece.
  • Avatar for DickBigems
    @hotterthanjuly - Fulfillingness' First Finale received positive reviews and a Grammy. I wouldn't go as far to say it's overlooked, but I'd agree that it deserves just as much recognition as those other three albums - "Talking Book, Innervisions, and Songs in the Key of Life".
  • Avatar for TeenageRiot-
    "I'm black, therefore, I can't be racist" - hotterthanjuly
  • Avatar for TeenageRiot-
    "It's not a race thing, it's a CULTURAL thing" Isn't it funny how racists always seem to use that 'culture not race' argument. "They've always been white males. Every single one." - So you have read EVERY review in existence by a white male on Stevie Wonder? Fat chance, buddy. And there you go again spouting opinions as if they are fact: most critics argue that x albums are better than this one, but they are wrong because I say so. Did it ever occur to you that music is subjective and people interpret the meaning of it differently, or are you just so full of your own self-importance that you failed to realise that other people can hold an opinion contrary to yours? It's not hard to see why most of the community hate you. Copy this.

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