Stevie Wonder's "The Original Musiquarium" makes for great sing-a-longs

Published: Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 4:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, April 1, 2004 at 4:21 p.m.

When I listen to "The Original Musiquarium" I am instantly transformed into a singing fool. Stevie Wonder, to me, is one of the greatest musicians on the planet. His voice puts all these new age R&B singers to shame. He's timeless and flawless, not to mention the guy is blind as a bat and can play the piano like he created the thing.

I mean if you listen to "Livin For the City" you truly can see (no pun intended) Wonder's range with his voice and also his craziness on the ivories. The guy wrote, arranged and produced the album. I'm sorry, that's freaking crazy. He also plays a handful of instruments on his albums.

Guys if you do something really stupid, which is pretty much inevitable, play your woman "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" this is a song so pure that it almost makes the crucifix in my apartment bleed when I play it. This is an uber-cheezy song that sums up all that you dare not mutter.

"Master Blaster" (Jamming) is a song that I often sing in the shower (just like Stevie). This song is the ultimate hype you up tune. The funky baselines and Stevie's ability to hit incredibly high notes transfer energy to the listener.

"Higher Ground" is a track that the Chili Peppers butchered. Stevie's version is 10 times better and you hear how the song was intended to be heard. It also sounds cooler with the keyboard in the background instead of Flea's heavy baseline.

Overall I give this beast a nine out of 10. It is definitely worth checking out.

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