The year was 1973 and Wonder’s last albums, “Music of My Mind” and “Talking Book” showed a extremely mature artist with only 22 years old. The previously albums showed Stevie Wonder experimenting more and more with synthesizers, a common motif among musicians of the time because of its ability to construct a complete sound environment, and completes the transition from Little Stevie Wonder to one of the most active and creative artists of the decade.
“Innervisions” is a almost cinematographic shot of America in 1973.”Too High” is a smooth jazz/funk cautionary anti-drug song, “Living For The City” is the album’s peak, and definitely one of Wonder’s best songs. “Living for The City” lyrics are gut-wrenching and tell a story of a young black man trying to get away from slavery in the south, therefore he makes his way to New York. He’s not there for five minutes before he gets arrested and beaten and thrown in jail. “Living in The City” is atmospheric and touching. “Golden Lady” has a salsa taste and it’s real jazzy, the rhythm turns this song into something beautiful. “Higher Ground” is probably Wonder’s most famous song, a fusion of rock and funk on which Wonder explored his spiritual side (which echoes Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of transcendence). “Jesus Children of America” has a groovy bass line, a soul song at heart. “Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing” and “He’s Misstra Know-It-All” close the album in high style, with Stevie screaming at the top of his lungs. “Innervisions” is a fine a album, one of Wonder’s best LP’s , definitely and album to make your soul stoned.
Stoned Tracks: Too High, Living for The City, Golden Lady, Higher Ground, Jesus Children Of America, Don’t You Worry ‘Bout A Thing, He’s Misstra Know-It-All.