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#Repost @steviewonderlegacy with @get_repost ・・・ #OTD in 1980, Stevie’s #HotterThanJuly album was released. At the turn of the new decade Stevie released what it’s considered by many to be Songs In The Key Of Life's true successor in the Stevie Wonder canon. Dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., the cover art was certainly appealing, featuring an African looking Stevie in braids and sparkling sunglasses above the title "Hotter than July". The album showed that he had left the 1970s behind as the music differed from his classic 1970s period. There was a jam like quality to many of the songs as the well-crafted structures of the past gave way to a looser feel. The lyrics have depth and are some of the best of his career. His changing style reflected the way R&B was evolving, for better or for worse, with the move towards a more straightforward four-in-the-bar danceable sound that clearly reflected the influence of Disco and perhaps New Wave. With Hotter Than July, Stevie brought a new sound for the new decade. He also carried on his tradition of penning songs normally not associated with his trademark sound, from the top-shelf disco "All I Do" to the reggae-influenced smash "Master Blaster (Jammin’)” to the country-tinged “I Ain’t Gonna Stand For It”. The album’s two ballads are brilliant too. But perhaps all that is a reason why this isn't widely considered up to the same level of his 1972-76 records and it can't be denied that on this album for the first time since he wrested full artistic control from Motown, Stevie seems to be following trends rather than setting them and the innovation and depth of his 1970s classics is less in abundance. But it's a nitpicking criticism, when so many of its songs are so great and show no decline in his mastery for superior funky hooks and heartbreaking ballads. Despite all this and a couple of not so stellar songs that just keep it from being considered among his masterpieces, this album definitely is more likely to be underrated than overrated and emerges as one of the best albums of the early ‘80s. A true Stevie Wonder #classic in its own right.
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