Review #59: Talking Book, Stevie Wonder

Karla Clifton
2 min readMar 19, 2021

#59: Talking Book, Stevie Wonder

I’ll be honest: I tuned out a LOT of this Stevie Wonder album on my first listen.

I’ve previously gone on record talking about how floored I was by Stevie Wonder. Maybe there were one too many love songs for me. I don’t know.

Cut me a tiny bit of slack because I was now less than an hour and a half from my destination after a two-part fifty-hour drive. Do you have any idea how agonizingly long that is? Of course you do; you’ve been reading these reviews.

Inevitably, on my second listen, I found much more to love. I hope that’s how it will be for most of these albums.


“Maybe Your Baby” — Hide your kids, hide your wives, hide your girlfriends, cuz Stevie Wonder has plans with ALL of them.

“You And I” — A very slow, beautiful piano ballad. I got bored, but it was pretty.

“Superstition” — This song makes this whole album WORTH it. Remember when Raven-Symone covered this for the Haunted Mansion movie?!

“Big Brother” My name is Nobody. This one has the edgiest lyrics and the most interesting music.

“I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)” — I don’t hate ALL the love songs. Plus, at this point, I had begun to vibe. It’s impossible to shut out Stevie Wonder TOTALLY. I’m not made of STONE.


“You Are The Sunshine Of My Life” — Why did I think this was Cream’s “Sunshine Of Your Love”? God forgive me because I know that people love this song, but I think it’s elevator music.

“You’ve Got It Bad Girl” — See above. I will admit that I appreciate Stevie Wonder’s commitment to this vibe.

“Lookin’ For Another Pure Love” — God, Stevie Wonder, you’re a genius, but you are just so freaking slow here.


Like I said: “Superstition” could be the only song on this album, and it would still belong here.

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