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On several of the songs he just lays down a good hip hop beat and then noodles around on the Rhodes for a while, playing the melody and skeletal chordss. The thing with madlib is that even though he's a great producer, and his signature sound remains intact on this album, he's a mediocre keyboard player. All he does on this album is leave that fact exposed to the world. Also, even though he is good at creating an atmosphere for each song, the parts do not fit together that well. The beats seem like they were developed entirely separately from the rest of the songs sometimes, and they drone on in places where a real drummer would be stupid not to accent the melody.
Don't get me wrong; this cd is very good because of madlib's style but DO NOT BUY IT UNLESS YOU ALREADY HAVE ANGLES WITHOUT EDGES AND SHADES OF BLUE. Both of those albums are awesome and this one pales in comparison.
The liner notes list Joe McDuphrey on keys and I almost feel badly for the guy, because he's playing keys on stuff Stevie came up with, which is no easy feat. It's kind of like coming on in relief for Nolan Ryan, where your fastball, which used to look fast, now looks like a lob-ball. There are points in some tracks where the key-work sounds misguided, like Joe gets lost and then picks it up again. I'm not sure what hand Madlib has in this, but something there isn't working.
There are a lot of high points. The beats thrown down on Superwoman/Where Were You Last Winter are a perfect compliment to the song and don't obscure the contrasts in the music. Golden Lady is also done well, a smooth track delivered with flair.
Great disc for relaxing with your girl, drinking whatever you like to drink, but follow it up with some original Stevie for a nice end to the day.
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Madlib is always great music, but I found these interpretations too close to the originals to be interesting or something new. I rarely listen to this album.Published 16 months ago by calculush1
this may be one of Madlib's oddest creations. odd in the sense that Madlib does nothing odd. these are very chilled out pleasant presentations of some very nice source material... Read morePublished 23 months ago by C. ladner
I bought this CD on the basis of curiosity about what I thought would be some cool jazz interpretations of some of Stevie Wonders music. Read morePublished on October 27, 2007 by C. Frazier
I have had the serious misfortune to have to work at two places of business that play this album. The first incident of having to listen to this utter piece of crap was at a pizza... Read morePublished on November 23, 2005 by Diane K. Stojentin