After the release of Talking Book, Wonder said: “We as a people are not interested in ‘baby, baby’ songs any more, there’s more to life than that.” As a result, Innervisions, released in 1973 for Motown Records, is like a snapshot of America seen through Wonder’s mind’s eye. Stevie produced one of his greatest, most important works, a rich panoply of songs addressing drugs, spirituality, political ethics, the unnecessary perils of urban life, and what looked to be the failure of the ’60s dream — all set within a collection of charts as funky and catchy as any he’d written before.
Within days of the album’s release, Wonder suffered a car accident that nearly killed him. For a moment, it seemed that Innervisions may have been his final recorded statement. If it had been, his poster would be on more walls than Bob Marley, Jim Morrison and Marvin Gaye combined. Thankfully, he lived and completed his run of mid-70s classics with Fulfillingness’ First Finale and Songs in the Key of Life. But nothing in his canon quite hits the spot like Innervisions. Enjoy it!