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  • Audio CD (October 30, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: 429 Records
  • ASIN: B009B1ENDO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
2. Maybe Your Baby
3. You And I (We Can Conquer The World)
4. Tuesday Heartbreak
5. You've Got It Bad Girl
6. Superstition
7. Big Brother
8. Blame It On The Sun
9. Looking For Another Pure Love
10. I Believe (When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever)

Editorial Reviews

Originally released by Motown Records on October 28, 1972, Talking Book saw Stevie Wonder enjoying more artistic freedom than ever before. As a multiple Grammy Award winner, the album contained 4 Top 10 singles including the # 1 smashes You Are The Sunshine Of My Life and Superstition. Macy Gray was hugely influenced by the record and worked with Metallica producer Hal Wilner to re-imagine the release from start to finish. The result is an album that showcases Macy's signature vocal sound while paying homage to an artist beloved all over the world.

This is my own personal gift to Stevie Wonder, for all that I learned from him and for his miraculous songs that change my life every time I hear them. This is not a tribute album or concert, it's a love letter and a big thank you card on record and on stage.
-Macy

Customer Reviews

So I decided to give it a chance and see what was done.
Andre S. Grindle
This is modern soul/funk at its best with sublime playing and perfect backing voices.
Bodhi Heeren
The album is beyond wonderful, a true tribute to Stevie Wonder.
Patricia

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Bodhi Heeren on November 5, 2012
Format: Audio CD
It's rather unusual for an artist to cover a single album, but that's exactly what Macy Gray is doing here. Paying tribute to Stevie Wonder's classic album here at it's 40 years jubilee.

In a way a strange choice perhaps as Macy's husky vocals are far cry from Wonder's amazing and jubilant voice. But that forces her to make her completely own interpretations, just the way a cover album should be. Even able to put a new spin on the classic hits of "You Are The Sunshine .." and "Superstitious", the last delivered in a slow groove version with the famous riff only making a brief and late appearance.

This is modern soul/funk at its best with sublime playing and perfect backing voices. And ofc the songs are all - even the lesser known - just brilliant masterpieces. What really lifts the album though is Macy's emotional engagement, the pain and self-examination of "Blame It On The Sun" and the infectious joy of "I believe..".

A surprisingly good and uplifting release.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Julius on October 31, 2012
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Macy's ode to Stevie Wonder is both unique and familiar at the same time. Superstition is definitely my favorite, but her version of Sunshine is endearing. A must have!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Jerome on October 30, 2012
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Macy does a very good job at interpreting Stevie's songs with a fresh spin! It's a must have if you're a fan of both these artists.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mike McElfresh on February 3, 2013
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I'm old enough to remember when Stevie Wonder released this (then LP), was great then, still great now. Ms. Gray does an excellent homage to a master. Bravo!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andre S. Grindle TOP 1000 REVIEWER on December 5, 2012
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard about Macy Grey talking on this 1972 classic Stevie Wonder album,I met it an equal mixture of skepticism and awe. Seen many tributes to classic artists in the soul/R&B/funk world. But not many,if at all,have taken on a full album as a tribute. May have something to do with the music world's switch back to a more single record oriented ethic. Because I was very familiar with this album as well as Macy Gray,she didn't exactly seem like the first person I'd think of to pull this project off. On the other hand it was clear from the first songs I heard by her that Al Green,Esther Phillips,Sly Stone,Dinah Washington,Billie Holiday and..Stevie Wonder were obvious influences-musically and vocally. So I decided to give it a chance and see what was done.

Though of course more contemporary in production "You Are The Sunshine Of My Life" and "Big Brother" are the closest to the original musically and her band did an excellent job with them. The rock/funk strains of "Maybe Your Baby" are emphasized more strongly here with Macy's wailing,pleading interpretation and cleanly screaming guitars. Both "You and I" and "Blame It On The Sun" receive a very Hi/Al Green style make over,not surprising considering that the chords of the latter seemed highly influenced by Willie Mitchell anyway. "Tuesday Heartbreak" is musically quite faithful to the original,though the production has somewhat less vitality-a somewhat typical trait of the retro soul sound. "Superstition" is the most radical change-a very dark reverb laden New Orleans type R&B with a lot of emphasis on the blues. Not my favorite on the album but a very radical change nonetheless.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dave Morrell on October 31, 2012
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First heard the new single YOU AND I...a classic from Stevie and NOW with a groove that is a MUST HEAR!!!!....rule #1?...PLAY LOUD!...rule #2?...have FUN with MACY!
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By wayne langston perry on April 21, 2014
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tthis is getting out of hand im writing the same thing over and over and over and over and over
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In the movie world, making a remake is a common occurrence, but in the music an album remake is a rarity.

Macy Gray made a remake of one of my favorite albums, "Talking Book" by Stevie Wonder. Many songs are very similar to the original template, such as the well-known opening "You Are the Sunshine of My Life." On the other hand, the second most popular song from the album, "Superstition", was radically reworked. The song is lacking infectious bass lines, it's not so funky any more, it's more of the slow smoked, psychedelic blues.

But as I wrote, such a radical remake is more an exception than a rule of this album, and if modern production that caused some songs like "Maybe Your Baby" sound more powerful would be removed, the album could be easily put into the 70s.
The main difference is, of course, the unique voice of Macy Gray.

"Talking Book" was one of the Stevie Wonder's best albums and Macy's remake is a beautiful album, as well. The time didn't hurt it, quite opposite, and it's equally good both on the emotional and mental level.
Therefore, if you like Macy Gray and her voice, with her version of "Talking Book" you cannot miss.
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