Talking Book (studio album) by Stevie Wonder

Talking Book
Talking Book by Stevie Wonder
Year: 1972
Overall rank: 620th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
81/100 (from 583 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1972 (16th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (148th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (620th)
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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 Songs In The Key Of Life which is ranked number 108 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 14,966.

Stevie Wonder album bestography « Higher ranked (118th) This album (620th) Lower ranked (1,139th) »
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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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This album is rated in the top 2% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 80.8/100, a mean average of 80.2/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 80.9/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.0.

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doesn't strike me
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From 11/07/2020 03:25
Not on the level of Innervisions, but still important.
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From 09/02/2020 17:34
Another classic from the Musical Genius! Rating (84.00)
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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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From 04/21/2019 03:28
Wonderful album! My favorite Stevie Wonder recording.
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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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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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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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