My attempt to blog all of the entries from the book 1001 Albums to Hear Before You Die
Brief Background: Innervisions was recorded at the Recorded Plant and released in August 1973. As with Talking Book, most of the album was written, produced and performed by Wonder.
What I think: I’m really tired today and as I started listening to this album I thought, “Maybe I should skip this today, I’m just not in to it.” It just seemed like it wasn’t fair to the album. Well I stuck with it and by time “Living for the City” started I really started to feel it and that really stuck through the most of the album and I really enjoyed it, and my mood really brightened. That’s what music is for right, even if the subject matter isn’t poppy and cheerful. That being said, I don’t think it has the highs that Talking Book had. The song “Visions” is a bit lacking to me and “All is Fair in Love” seems too sentimental, but there is some great stuff here. I particularity liked “Don’t You Worry ’bout a Thing” (which it seems I may have only previously heard as a commercial), the clavinet on “Higher Ground” and poppy, but stinging political message of “He’s Misstra Know-It-All”.
Do I agree or disagree with the writers as to this being an album you must listen to? I do agree that this should be here it’s not his peak but, still very good.
Rating (Out of 5): 4
Innervisions Amazon Review (Out of 5): 5
Is this my first time hearing this album? Yes (231/301)
Percentage of Albums that are new to me: 77%