It's rather unusual for an artist to cover a single album, but that's exactly what Macy Gray is doing here. Paying tribute to Stevie Wonder's classic album here at it's 40 years jubilee.
In a way a strange choice perhaps as Macy's husky vocals are far cry from Wonder's amazing and jubilant voice. But that forces her to make her completely own interpretations, just the way a cover album should be. Even able to put a new spin on the classic hits of "You Are The Sunshine .." and "Superstitious", the last delivered in a slow groove version with the famous riff only making a brief and late appearance.
This is modern soul/funk at its best with sublime playing and perfect backing voices. And ofc the songs are all - even the lesser known - just brilliant masterpieces. What really lifts the album though is Macy's emotional engagement, the pain and self-examination of "Blame It On The Sun" and the infectious joy of "I believe..".
A surprisingly good and uplifting release.