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Subdued but still brilliant
on 20 July 2000
Stevie was involved in a serious car crash and he was also between a divorce and a marriage when he was putting together Fullfillingness' First Finale. It's a fascinating album because rather than the joyful, confident but sometimes heavy-handed preaching on Innervisions and Songs In The Key Of Life, here Stevie is trying to overcome his doubt and hurt brought on by recent events. When he sings 'But I can feel it, feel His spirit' on Heaven Is Ten Zillion Light Years Away it almost seems like he's trying to convince himself, and Too Shy To Say and Creepin' are both tentative but very beautiful love songs, not to mention They Won't Go When I Go, a stunning flipside to You And I. There is still joy here, though, in Smile Please (you will), Bird Of Beauty and about the happiest breakup song I've ever heard, It Ain't No Use.
The melodies here are often slightly lacking, most of the choruses being of the 'sha-la-la' variety, but the arrangements are superb throughout, with Boogie On Reggae Woman being about the funkiest, sexiest track Stevie ever cut. Also, a little of Stevie's practical joke humour comes out - he got the Jackson 5, then the biggest vocal group in the world, in on You Haven't Done Nothin' just to sing 'doo doowop' a few times.
In summary, Talking Book and Innervisions are better but I find this one more interesting and come back to it more often than any other Stevie album.