Stevie Wonder
Innervisions


5.0
classic

Review

by Dylan Wachman USER (44 Reviews)
September 18th, 2005 | 135 replies | 17,234 views


Release Date: 1973 | Tracklist


5 of 14 thought this review was well written

Stevie Wonder is known as a musical mastermind wherever he is. His music is also known as some of the best around. The combinations of Jazz and Soul made his music purely original. He is still proclaimed as a legend today due to his fresh style and fantastic albums.

P.S. Ė Heís blind.

Hard to believe right. A legend in the making, yet he has never seen the light of day and never will as long as he lives. Therefore he has his own visions and portrayal of the world looks. He was once offered by doctors to have surgery so he could see. But he turned them down without even thinking about it.

Stevie Wonder Ė Innervisions

#23 on Rolling Stones Top 500 Albums list

Innervisions is probably Stevieís most well known album, surprisingly it has never been reviewed on this site. Might I be one to say that this album has a lot of different points to it. The first track, Too High is a nice little jazz song. It has all the ďdoo-wops" that you need to make a soul song. It has a dirty jazz tune, and is pretty fast paced too. One of my favorites on the album.

But the second, and title track, Innervisions is a slow and dreary step into the album. Quite frankly, I find this song to be a minor waste of time, at least after itís half over. After the halfway mark itís boring as hell as you can hardly hear anything. But this is the weakest point on this cd and the best song on here is coming up next.

Living For The City is the best song on this album. In my opinion itís the best Stevie Wonder song Iíve ever heard. The gut-wrenching lyrics are of a story, a young black man trying to get away from slavery in the south, therefore he makes his way to New York. Heís not there for five minutes before he gets arrested and beaten and thrown in jail. This song shows some of Stevieís best songwriting ability. The instruments are unbelievable in this track. The emotion here is incredible. Even though itís seven minutes long, I get sad as it makes itís way to the closing, and then fades awayÖ

Golden Lady is the next song on the album and has this really jazzy and salsa feel to it. The rhythm makes the song beautiful in its four minutes of life. This is one of the ballads on the album as it is all about this ďgolden lady" being the savior for the narrator.

Higher Ground is one of my favorite songs of all time. The SICK bassline that carries this is the backbone for the rest of the sound. The lyrics are also unbelievable, they give the overall feeling of rising in the hierarchy. This was one of the singles off the album and is still played in many movies and TV shows today.

The next song is not my favorite. Itís too slow and is placed very badly in the album. Jesus Children Of America is itís name and it has a sweet bassline but itís nothing compared to the last track. This is a soul song at heart, but does have some jazzy elements to it that give it a very happy feeling. After this track itís all dreary again and thatís a shame because it was getting fun.

The next track on the album is the most boring on the whole album. All In Love Is Fair is the title. The lyrics are really good but Iím not a fan of the songís musical quality. The piano carries the song very well with the light drums in the background. The singing is also some of Stevieís best, but this song doesnít really appeal to me. This is a classic wedding song too, so donít go with my opinion of this one.

Yelling in Spanish begins the next song, which also sounds like a salsa beat. Donít You Worry Boutí A Thing begins and itís a very catchy song. The maracas add a ton to the overall sound of the song. Stevieís vocals standout highly here. The piano is the backbone of this song though. The keynotes are perfect for the singing and the lyrics. This is an outstanding song, one of the best on the album.

The 9th and final song here is Heís Misstra Know It All. This is one of the slower songs on the album and the soul choir makes it sound really great. The singing is the standout in this track. Then in the middle, Stevie goes on this raspy screaming breakdown. It is beautiful in every way possible. The title is repeated every other second and when the song has a minute left, it fades away. Right about now, I miss it and I think Iíll listen again.

Anyway, that was the album. This is one of the greatest albums to ever be released in the history of music. Go out and pick it up if you like R&B, Jazz, or Soul. Innervisions, one of musicís defining albums. Stevie Wonder outdid himself here.

5/5



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NEDM
September 18th 2005



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

HEY, HOW COME THIS ISNT POSTED ON THE HOME PAGE@@!#@!$

Apathy
September 18th 2005



645 Comments


The same thing happened with my Chimaira review. I think the album has to be seen with a mod first or something.
This Message Edited On 09.18.05

NEDM
September 18th 2005



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

umm, how come i got negged?

did you vote no?This Message Edited On 09.18.05

Apathy
September 18th 2005



645 Comments


No, I voted yes.

NEDM
September 18th 2005



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

well someone doesnt like me :upset:

EDIT: and there is NO WAY on God's green earth that they read it that fast to even judge.This Message Edited On 09.18.05

Chilly-Bean-Bop
September 18th 2005



344 Comments


Stevie Wonder is amazing. My mom played one of his cds in da car, and i was in awe. great review

Apathy
September 18th 2005



645 Comments


Stevie Wonder=not my thing

Apathy
September 18th 2005



645 Comments


Say what?

NEDM
September 18th 2005



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

heh heh. its okay if you dont like Stevie Wonder. It took a while for me to listen to it in completion.

pulseczar
September 18th 2005



2385 Comments


only the second newest review is featured as the newest review now. I have no clue why, but I noticed it after my Billy Corgan review didn't appear until another was submitted. It needs to be fixed

NEDM
September 18th 2005



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

thanks for the info man.

Rudd13
September 19th 2005



952 Comments


Mehhh. Nice review. Not a fan.

But mehhh.

DesolationRow
September 19th 2005



833 Comments


How can you not like Stevie Wonder? You're an RHCP fan, at that. Higher Ground is brilliant. Purely brilliant

The review was good, though.

Rudd13
September 19th 2005



952 Comments


Higher Ground-

RHCP>Stevie Wonder

Hey, I know its the original, but hey, I'd prefer Anthony over Stevie any day, I'm sorry...

Still, good review. :thumb:

And good luck with the whole.... uhhh. .. Thing, Ent. :thumb:This Message Edited On 09.19.05

NEDM
September 20th 2005



1113 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Uhh, not liking or even LISTENING to Stevies version before judging is a dick move.

humph42
March 11th 2006



12 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thinking Chilli's version of Higher Ground is better is just plain blasphoumus. For a start Stevie kicks Anthony in anyway I could think of. But, that's not the point. This is an absolutly blinding album. No fillers, all classics. 5/5 isn't high enough.

sasdj
May 16th 2006



10 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

RHCP = remake of a classic because their originals are tired.

Higher Ground is a song about being born again:

"I'm so darn glad they let me try it again.
'Cause the last time I lived, I lived a whole world of sin.
I know more now than I ever knew then.
Gonna keep on tryin', keeping on climbing 'till I reach my higher ground!"

Mr. Morris MEANS what he's singing about. Inspired and inspiring - no matter WHO you are.

Woodstock
June 25th 2006



154 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of my favorite albums.

Zebra
Moderator
January 9th 2007



2647 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album is so good. Every song is great with the exception of All in Love is Fair, it's just to slow and musically bland. I don't even know what my favorite track is, the first six are all equally awesome.

Tyler
Emeritus
April 7th 2007



7926 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Knowing that he played virtually every instrument on here, composed it all himself, and produced it as well, makes it all the more amazing.

Virtually flawless.



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