Chris’s Cuts – Songs in the Key of Life

Preconceptions: I’ve heard most of this album before, via the room across the hall where my sister lived. This album is one of her favorites. Her’s and nearly everyone else’s apparently. Rolling Stone loves it. Spin loves it. Wikipedia even seems to love it.

After Listening: Its quite a bit different than what I had been gearing myself up for. I think it got Mannochi’d for me. I was expecting to be blown away, but all I really heard was just a generic Stevie Wonder album. Its got a lot of songs. But only a couple I’d want to hear again. Its influential certainly, but I’m not sure I’d even want to listen to the artists that it influenced. I was massively underwhelmed, but I think that’s mostly because of the hype and is not fault of the actual album’s.

Favorites: Talk with God – The only track that was unexpected.
Least: Sir Duke – Ugh, with a chorus that is just one sentence repeated 50 times this is the wrong song to have heard a thousand times or more. My other least favorite is all of the songs that are 7 minutes long, those last couple especially. I remember sitting and thinking “Another Star” was pretty long, and I started daydreaming about what I was going to write about it, and then I spaced out for a while, and then it dawned on me that the fking thing was still playing so I checked the time and I had another minute and a half to go.

Overall: I’m not really sure how I feel about this. Its good enough. But I think What’s Going On kills it.  I wanted Stevie to bring the thunder, but all he really brought was toast with butter. I can understand why people would say this album is good. I can’t for the life of me figure out what’s great about it. I’m bummed out because I thought this would be a lot better. 2.99

Alcohol: Patron – Its expensive, and everyone seems to love it and you’re certainly not cool if you’re not drinking it. But in reality its only okay, and there are far better options nearly anywhere you go.

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