Songs in the Key of Life

Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life
Critic Score
Based on 5 reviews
1976 Ratings: #1 / 101
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1976 Ratings: #1
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
AllMusic

Songs in the Key of Life was Stevie Wonder's longest, most ambitious collection of songs, a two-LP (plus accompanying EP) set that -- just as the title promised -- touched on nearly every issue under the sun, and did it all with ambitious (even for him), wide-ranging arrangements and some of the best performances of Wonder's career.

100
Rolling Stone

Wonder is clearly at his peak, effortlessly sustaining the focus required of a double album while also demonstrating an almost frightening capacity for hit singles.

100
Pitchfork

Songs in the Key of Life was the culmination of a historic period of creativity for Stevie Wonder. Its ambition and scope were unprecedented, and he never approached its caliber or impact again.

100
Uncut
It's a long album that still sounds too short, simultaneously optimistic and realistic in its depictions of black America at the Bicentennial.
KIDWITHGUNs
100

🎤 🎤 🎤 🎤 🎤

The man might be blind but he does not miss, there's music that inspires you to change the world around you and there's tunes that just make you happy to be walking the Earth. This album is both.

I can leave this bitch on shuffle and let any song play and know I'm in for a good time, because he covers an extensive range of topics you can meditate on. Speaking of range... the range Wonder showcases as both a multi-instrumentalist and a singer feels genuinely ... read more

CallingIconicAl
80

Maybe he blind but definitely he music :)

MickyT
90

'Songs in the Key of Life' is an absolutely heartwarming and soulful behemoth of a double disc album that sees Stevie Wonder at his best both in terms of performance and in thematic cohesion, all whole being an absolute joy to listen to. The incredibly vibrant and large instrumentals are genuinley amazing and yet again Stevie sounds fantastic on the vocal front, and while I was very hesitant about the gargantuan length of this album, I was pleasantly surprised with how much consistent quality ... read more

43

Its fine. Contrary to popular opinion, I don't think this album is anything remarkable. The album often becomes repetitive, and boring on most tracks. There isn't alot of actual, exciting substance for me to get behind, apart from a few tracks like 'Contusion' 'Black Man' and 'I Wish'.Every song feels somewhat similar. Whilst this album may be very happy and sincere, it is portrayed in a way which feels melodramatic, and, at times, seems very contrived and forced, as if Stevie Wonder knows ... read more

94

Favourite songs:

- Love's In Need Of Love Today
- Sir Duke
- I Wish
- Isn't She Lovely

90

So impressive and every song has something great about it.

High 9/10
Fav song: Another Star

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Added on: February 3, 2013