Album Reviews: Time to Love by Stevie Wonder"Lately," "Ribbon in the Sky," "Superstition," and "My Cherie Amour" are just a few of the countless Stevie Wonder songs that the world has marked their lives by. Whether falling in love, breaking up, yearning for equality, or just out to have a good time, the music of Stevie Wonder has always provided material that allowed listeners to travel back to a time when they felt what Stevie is singing about or when they actually heard the song for the first time. The associations that this genius creates are some of the strongest in the world of music.
It has been a decade since his last full-length album, Conversation Piece. Suffice to say, A Time 2 Love was well worth the wait. Love ballads and socially conscious songs characterize this album, with a strong balance between them. What makes this album beautifully reflective of his greatest work is that the struggles, passions, failures, and triumphs he describes are felt by everyone regardless of race, religion, or social status.
There is a timeless quality to these songs that only further illustrates Wonder's mastery, not only as a musician but a songwriter as well. With any truly historic album, there will be a few noteworthy individuals working on it, and A Time 2 Love is no exception. Kirk Franklin, Doug E. Fresh, Prince, En Vogue, Bonnie Raitt, India.Arie and Sir Paul McCartney are just of the few legendary artists that add their musical gifts to this album. Never outshining Mr. Wonder, they serve as his instruments to create an incredibly cohesive, brilliantly written and produced album that will have people talking for years to come.
This album will remind people not only what R&B use to be, but what it should and can be. When award season rears its head again, this is an album that should be recognized as one of, if not the very, best albums of the year. Thank you, Stevie. - Jason Kordich
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