by Eric Berman
– When it comes to a vibe, this song’s got it all in spades. From 1974’s “Fulfillingness’ First Finale” comes this romantic number released shortly after Wonder’s near-death car accident, making this album an all-the-more-important part of his canon. At the time of its release, it was seen as somewhat of a disappointment following nearly-perfect records like “Innervisions” and “Talking Book.” The record that followed it was 1976’s “Songs In The Key Of Life” which was also critically acclaimed, leading most people to gloss over this record. Upon closer inspection though, “Fulfillingness'” has much to offer with classics like “Heaven Is 10 Zillion Light Years Away,” “You Haven’t Done Nothin’,” “It Ain’t No Use,” “Boogie On Reggae Woman” and “Please Don’t Go.” Bottom line: the run of records Stevie Wonder released from 1971’s “Music Of My Mind” through 1976’s “Songs In The Key Of Life” should be an essential part of any music collection and not to be missed!