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Talking Book (album) by Stevie Wonder

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Talking Book
Talking Book by Stevie Wonder (1972)
Overall rank: 590th   Overall chart history
Average Rating: 
80/100 (from 476 votes)
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Accolades: Award Top 20 albums of 1972 (12th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (144th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (590th)

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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 130 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 20,057.

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90/100
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
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 swhaze
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
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
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
Great album. It begins the trilogy of Stevie's finest albums. Delights me every time
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85/100
I really prefer Innervisions, but this is pretty good too.
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From jhuik
This is an album that predates me, with hits so overexposed as to seem ordinary but I know that I would have loved this in the right context. He is definitely a Wonder.
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80/100
A landmark album, one of the many iconic art pieces that Stevie Wonder created in the 70s. Superstition is an all-time wonder that belongs in a canon of the ages. However, this more than any other Stevie Wonder album seems overplayed. Superstition, Sunshine, and I Believe have been piped over store speakers, elevators, waiting rooms, etc... Kind of ruins it... This would sound better if it was lost for a few years and rediscovered.
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75/100
Stevie's R&B ballads are a smooth and soothing as the keyboards backing opening track "you are the sunshine of my life", as funky as the wavering bass of "maybe your baby" (although the song goes on a bit long). And how about those funky horns of "superstition" and how stevie lets loose? i like the laid-back, soulful sweetness of "lookin' for another pure love". My first memory of "i believe (when i fall in love)", the third hit off this album, is george michael's cover, but Stevie's version is more organic and doesn't overdramaticize at the end.
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