A Time To Love

  • Record Label: Motown
  • Release Date: Oct 18, 2005
User Score
7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19

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  1. ElmirS
    Nov 13, 2005
    6
    Clearly this is a weak album by Stevie's standards. I wouldn't even comment on the 10 years between his last album and this one. There are no really good ballads and no really good melodies. The songs are wordy and have overall naive lyrics - no memorable statements like some of his lyrics in the 70s. He oversings just like Aretha Franklin has been oversinging for the past 30 Clearly this is a weak album by Stevie's standards. I wouldn't even comment on the 10 years between his last album and this one. There are no really good ballads and no really good melodies. The songs are wordy and have overall naive lyrics - no memorable statements like some of his lyrics in the 70s. He oversings just like Aretha Franklin has been oversinging for the past 30 years. Why is he screaming so high as if though he is trying to prove that he still "got it"? Compare that to the relaxed singing offered by Barbra Streisand's last two albums ("The Movie Album", and "Guilty Pleasures"). All that being said, Stevie Wonder by default is way above most musicians and even his worst stuff stands out compared to the rest of pop and r&b music. Expand
  2. ElijahP
    Nov 5, 2005
    6
    Not one of his stronger albums but by no means his weakest, this album proves there are still flashes of brilliance in his musical compositions. There is a cluttered wordiness in some of the lyrics but all in all it's a solid album. What I'm dying to see is Stevie writing an opera based on the book 'The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter". Stevie needs new challenges and r&b and pop Not one of his stronger albums but by no means his weakest, this album proves there are still flashes of brilliance in his musical compositions. There is a cluttered wordiness in some of the lyrics but all in all it's a solid album. What I'm dying to see is Stevie writing an opera based on the book 'The Heart Is A Lonely Hunter". Stevie needs new challenges and r&b and pop 'aint gonna get it'! Expand
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. Almost half of the fifteen songs recall Wonder at his prime.
  2. A Time to Love finds the two halves of Wonder's adult career finally coming to home to roost in peaceful harmony with one another, and it's one of the finest records he has done in decades.
  3. Billboard
    70
    A welcome return. [22 Oct 2005]