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Absolutely First-Rate Classic From Stevie!
on 12 January 2015
When people talk about classic Stevie, most people go for "Songs In The Key Of Life" or "Innervisions" - but, to my mind, they have serious competition in this classic from late-74. It is probably overlooked as there was only 2 singles from it (the excellent funky, stinging Nixon rebuke "You Have n't Done Nothin'", and the cool "Boogie On Reggae Woman"), but every track is a classic. More reflective than "Innervisions" or "Songs", and bit more down-tempo, but there are some real beauties. The opener "Smile Please" is an encouraging, jazzy groover, followed by "Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away" with a great gospel chorus. On the ballad front, "Too Shy To Say" is wonderfully tender and vulnerable, but equally good is the requiem-like "They Won't Go When I Go". There really is nothing bad here, though - I love the catchy "It Ain't No Use", the Minnie Riperton featuring "Creepin", and the joyous finale "Please Don't Go". An excellent addition to any collection, buy it and then Minnie's Perfect Angeland Stevie Wonder Presents Syreeta, both of which are equally stunning and made during the same incredible period for Stevie. Brilliant.