Talking Book (album) by Stevie Wonder

Talking Book
Talking Book by Stevie Wonder
Year: 1972
Overall rank: 642nd   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 533 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1972 (16th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (151st)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (642nd)
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Stevie Wonder bestography

Talking Book is ranked 3rd best out of 35 albums by Stevie Wonder on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Stevie Wonder is Innervisions which is ranked number 122 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 14,379.

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Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 82 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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80/100 (from 533 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 80.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 80.5/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.3.

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85/100
From 03/22/2020 07:57
Great album. I think I may actually prefer this to SITKOL. Lovin those early seventies keyboard sounds, particularly on Superstition.
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45/100
From 05/24/2019 17:14
Stevie had already been a chart topper, and labelled a music prodigy by the time Talking Book came out, but that did nothing to lessen the impact it had. Superstition on it's own shot Wonder into the stratosphere, and he would soon become on of the biggest icons of the 70's.
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95/100
From 04/21/2019 03:28
Wonderful album! My favorite Stevie Wonder recording.
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90/100
From 06/14/2016 14:58
Another great Stevie Wonder album. Talking book, is the second in that run of five, maybe six, glorious albums, and is another special record. Some great funky tracks in, superstition, maybe your baby, and, Tuesday heartbreak, as well as beautiful songs in, blame it on the sun, and, I believe. My only complaint though is the lightweight opening track, you are the sunshine of my life. It's extremely slight and has absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the album as far as i'm concerned. Apart from that, it's brilliant.
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85/100
From 07/22/2015 17:15
A tiny bit underrated here. One of my favorite Stevie albums, and it shows him, in vivid detail, taking control of his music and persona. This is certainly a big breakthrough for Stevie although he had been a star for nearly a decade.

Song-wise, does it stand up to Innervisions or SITKOL? Not exactly, still it is a fine soul album with a lot of feeling and great instrumentation. The first great Stevie Wonder album.
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75/100
From 05/11/2014 17:37
Good album. Stevie isn't my favorite, but there is no denying the fact that he can bring it.
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75/100
From 04/24/2014 18:57
Not as strong as the other ones in his golden era, but I love "You and I" and "I Believe" to name a couple awesome tracks here.
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70/100
From 02/15/2014 10:26
Along with Innervisions the best period of Stevies career for me 'Superstition' one of his finest work also like I Believe and Sunshine here.
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80/100
From 04/17/2013 05:02
Great album. It begins the trilogy of Stevie's finest albums. Delights me every time
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From 02/28/2013 07:16
I really prefer Innervisions, but this is pretty good too.
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