A Time To Love - Stevie Wonder
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

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  • Summary: The legendary singer's first album in ten years combines R&B, soul and hip-hop. Guests include Paul McCartney, Prince and India.Arie.
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  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. The melodies don't falter, and Wonder's unexpectedly and perhaps unfortunately influential vocal attack is as mellifluous as ever.
  2. 80
    Wonder has a genius for... emotional openness. [Dec 2005, p.157]
  3. 80
    Closer in quality to [his] five immeasurably influential '70s standard-bearers than anything from Wonder's '80s or '90s catalogue. [Dec 2005, p.102]
  4. As long as Wonder is producing and laying down basic arrangements himself, he’ll never be awful, which is a shame: like any lifelong charmer, he can stand to be more vulgar, or show some teeth, damn it.
  5. As always, his heart's in the right place, but his pop brilliance has dimmed to the level of mere mortals. [16 Oct 2005]
  6. 60
    Good enough that you barely notice Macca, Prince and the other obligatory guests. [Dec 2005, p.100]
  7. This is more a marketing plan than an album.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 2 out of 17
  1. jyotirmayad
    Feb 24, 2006
    10
    I don't know what the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times mean when they say his "brilliance has dimmed" or that his new CD "sounds bland" -- maybe THEY have been in dim and bland offices, in front of the computer for too long unable to recognize good pop/soul music when they hear it? Stevie has some songs here that I think, dare I say it?, sound BETTER than a few on Talking Book. So stop being so mental and just kick back and groove to Stevie's renewed life, soulful voice, romantic grooves and melodies and be glad for it! Expand
  2. MikeH
    Oct 27, 2005
    10
    His best album since the 70's.
  3. AlexD
    Nov 12, 2005
    9
    I enjoyed all of the songs...Tell Your Heart I Love You and If Your Love Cannot Be Moved were standout songs for me. The Other continue to grow on me each time I listen to the CD. It's great to have new Stevie Wonder music!!! Expand
  4. JamesS
    Oct 24, 2005
    8
    It gets better with each listen. Standouts = Blue Moon, Please Don't Hurt My Baby!
  5. AndrewH
    Dec 10, 2005
    8
    Very very good, has many messages and if you listen you feel his passion. The title track and Positivity are definitely the two best tracks. Worth a very good listen. Expand
  6. AndrewS
    Nov 27, 2005
    7
    A partial return to form, only spoiled by over-contemporising and a tendency to give in to sugar.
  7. T
    Jan 15, 2006
    0
    people even consider this "music" ?

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